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Olson Named to AFCA Aztec Bowl Squad
11/23/2003

WACO, TX — Frostburg State University senior tight end Roy Olson (Lexington Park, Md./Great Mills) has been selected to play for the American Football Coaches Association's Division III all-star team that will represent the United States against the Mexican National Team in the 2003 Aztec Bowl to be played December 13 in Cancun, Mexico.

Olson is one of 42 NCAA Division III seniors from around the country who will make up this year's team. Former Central (Iowa) College Head Coach Ron Schipper will coach the team for the seventh straight year.

This past season, Olson caught 26 passes for a team-high 409 yards and four touchdowns to earn first-team All-Atlantic Central Football Conference honors for the second year in a row.

Olson's top game came in a 31-7 win over Maryville when he caught five passes for 107 yards. He also caught the game-winning touchdown in FSU's 15-14 win over Salisbury that gave the Bobcats their third straight Regents' Cup title and their second consecutive ACFC crown.

In 2002, his first year with the Bobcats after transferring from Ferrum (Va.) College, Olson hauled in 44 passes for a team-best 825 yards and tied for the team lead in both touchdown catches (8) and points (48).

Olson earned first-team All-ACFC, second-team Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-South Region, third-team Hewlett Packard All-America and second-team Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-America honors for his stellar season.

Olson is the second Bobcat player in as many years to participate in the Aztec Bowl. All-American defensive lineman George O'Brien (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) made three tackles in last year's game, which the United States won 15-9.

The Aztec Bowl is the traditional season-ending game for Mexico’s college football schedule. The game has been played 29 times since 1947 with the last six 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 Aztec Bowls prior to 1997.

In its first five Aztec Bowl meetings, the United States 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