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Saxons’ Manzer chosen to play in Division III all-star game in Mexico
11/17/09

ALFRED, NY — Jared Manzer (Johnson City, NY/Johnson City), a senior wide receiver/free safety on the Alfred University football team, has chosen to play for the United States in the 2009 Tazon de’ Estrellas.

The Tazon de’ Estrellas (Bowl of Stars) will pit a team of Division III all-stars against a team of collegiate all-stars from Mexico and will be played Saturday, Dec. 19, on the Tec Monterray Campus Estado de Mexico, outside Mexico City. The annual game had previously been known as the Aztec Bowl and was coordinated by the American Football Coaches. It is now run by Global Football.

Manzer will be part of a 50-player U.S. roster that will be coached by former LaSalle, Delaware Valley and Widener coach Bill Manlove.

The 6-0, 190-pound Manzer has enjoyed a tremendous senior season for the Saxons. Entering this Saturday’s first round NCAA game against Albright, he has 63 catches for 1,007 yards and 15 touchdowns. He holds the AU single-season and career records for receptions, receiving yards and TD catches. He also leads the team in interceptions, with five (two of which he returned for touchdowns), and is averaging 211.3 all-purpose yards per game, which ranks second in the nation. He ranks seventh in the country in scoring (11.44 points per game).

Manzer is the fifth Saxon to play for the United States team in Mexico. Strong safety Brian Keefer (2000), tailback/placekicker Jesse Raynor (2003), linebacker Brenton Brady (2005) and defensive tackle Don Miller (2007) played in the Aztec Bowl.