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Hale Has Solid Showing in National All-Star Game
05/22/2002

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State senior DeNelle Hale (Baltimore, Md./Dunbar) recently competed in the National All-Star Football Game at Richfield High School in Minneapolis, Minn.

Hale, who was chosen as a kick returner and wide receiver, caught three passes for 30 yards for the Red Team, which shutout the Blue Team, 24-0. The game featured seniors from NCAA Division II and III institutions across the country.

The day before the game, Hale competed in a combine before scouts from Canadian Football League, National Football League and Arena League teams. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and added a 4.2-second shuttle run.

"This was a great way to gain exposure to professional scouts," said Hale. "I'd like to play overseas or maybe in the Arena League. I should hear something later this summer."

This past season, Hale led the Atlantic Central Football Conference with 1,073 rushing yards and ranked second in both rushing touchdowns (13) and total touchdowns (15). He also topped the ACFC in all-purpose yards (168.8 ypg) and set school and conference single-game records with five rushing touchdowns and 30 points in a 44-13 win over Apprentice.

Hale showed his big-play abilities by scoring eight of his 15 touchdowns from 40 yards or longer.

Hale, who also earned first-team All-ACFC honors as a punt returner after leading the league with a 12.6-yard punt return average, ranked 20th in Division III in all-purpose yards per game (168.78 ypg), 21st in scoring (10.22 ppg), 22nd in rushing yards per game (119.22) and 33rd in punt return average.

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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu