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O'Brien to Play for United States Team in 2002 Aztec Bowl
12/07/2002

WACO, TX — Frostburg State senior George O'Brien (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) is one of 42 players named to the roster for the Division III All-Star Team that will represent the United States against Mexico in the 2002 Aztec Bowl to be played Saturday, December 14 at Estadio Infierno Azul in Torreon, Mexico. Kickoff is noon CST.

O'Brien, a 6-4, 250-pound defensive lineman, 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.

"George is a very deserving student-athlete whose four years of hard work have paid off with this honor," said Bobcat head coach Rubin Stevenson. "We're all very proud of him, and he will represent Frostburg State and the Bobcat football program well."

O'Brien helped lead Frostburg State to a 6-5 overall record and a second ACFC title in the last four years. The Bobcats also won the Fourth Annual Regents Cup Game and advanced to the ECAC Southwest Championship contest.

O'Brien earned first-team All-ACFC honors for the second straight year and was one of just 15 Division III players selected to compete in the Second Annual East Coast All-Star Bowl.

The Aztec Bowl is the traditional season-ending game for Mexico's college football schedule. The game has been played 31 times since 1947 with the last five contests featuring the United States-Mexico match-up.

Mexico faced a mixture of NCAA and NAIA colleges, junior colleges, armed forces teams and international teams in the 26 Aztec Bowls prior to 1997.

In their first five Aztec Bowl meetings, the United States Division III all-stars defeated Mexico, 37-5 in 2001 in Saltillo; 27-26 in 2000 in Merida; 44-13 in 1999 in Mexico City; 40-13 in 1998 in Monterrey; and 42-41 in 1997 in Toluca.

This year's game can be heard via a webcast that can be accessed at www.afca.com, www.tsrnsports.com, www.d3football.com or www.aztecbowl.com.

Results will be available on the American Football Coaches Association's website at www.afca.com.

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
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu