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Alfred University’s Clark, Dwyer earn Empire 8 weekly football honors
9/26/11

ALFRED, NY - Alfred University’s Austin Dwyer (Hornell, NY/Hornell), a sophomore tailback, and Nick Clark (Canisteo, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood), a senior linebacker, have earned weekly football honors from the Empire 8 Conference.

Dwyer was named Offensive Player of the Week and Clark Defensive Player of the Week for their performances in Saturday’s 30-22 victory over visiting Springfield College in the Saxons’ Empire 8 opener.

Dwyer rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown, leading an AU offense that piled up 232 yards on the ground against a Springfield team that came into the game allowing less than 90 rushing yards per contest. Dwyer has now eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in each of Alfred’s three games this year.

Clark earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for a second straight week, logging 19 tackles (11 solo, one for loss). He spearheaded a defensive effort that held Springfield - which came into the game averaging 491 yards rushing - to 227 yards on the ground, including a mere 27 yards rushing and 83 yards of total offense in the second half. The Saxons’ short-yardage back, Clark also ran eight times for 15 yards and two touchdowns.

Alfred, ranked 14th in this week’s D3football.com national poll, is in action next on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. at Empire 8 rival St. John Fisher.