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O'Brien, Olson Named to Hewlett Packard All-America Team

BROCKPORT, N.Y. — Senior defensive lineman George O'Brien (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) and junior tight end Roy Olson (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) were among the 115 players from 69 schools named to the 2002 Hewlett Packard Division III All-America Football Team on Wednesday.

O'Brien earned second-team honors, while Olson was named to the third team. This marks the first time in Frostburg State football history that two players were selected to the HP All-America team in the same year.

O'Brien led the Bobcats with 89 tackles and tied for the Atlantic Central Football Conference lead with 9.5 sacks this season. He also tied for second on the FSU squad with 20 tackles for loss and added an interception, a pass break up, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

The Hewlett Packard award is one of many O’Brien has earned this year.

He has also been named to the prestigious American Football Coaches Association All-America Team, the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Southwest All-Star Team, the All-Atlantic Central Football Conference first team and the Football Gazette All-South Region third team.

Additionally, O’Brien played in the Second Annual East Coast Bowl and was a member of the Division III United States all-star team that defeated Mexico, 15-9, in the 2002 Aztec Bowl.

Olson, who transferred from Ferrum (Va.) College, earned his first Hewlett Packard All-America honor after his stellar debut season with the Bobcats.

He hauled in 44 passes for a team-high 825 yards, tied for the team lead for both touchdown catches (8) and points (48) and averaged an impressive 18.8 yards per catch.

Olson also earned first-team All-ACFC and second-team Football Gazette All-South Region honors.

The Hewlett Packard All-America ballot included 377 players representing 147 of the 228 NCAA Division III football-playing institutions. The 25th annual, silver anniversary team was selected by a panel of 29 sports information directors representing the four playoff regions in NCAA Division III.

For further information on this release, contact:

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

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780