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AU’s Clark, Raplee earn All-American recognitition from D3football.com
12/19/11

ALFRED, NY - Alfred University’s Nick Clark (Canisteo, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood), a senior linebacker, and Mike Raplee (Dundee, NY/Dundee), a junior defensive tackle, have been named D3football.com All-Americans.

D3football.com, a leading website covering Division III collegiate football, named Clark a Third Team All-American and gave Raplee honorable mention. Clark and Raplee repeat as D3football.com All-Americans: Clark was a Third Team pick in 2010 and Raplee earned honorable mention.

The two were named D3football.com preseason Second Team All-Americans prior to the 2011 season and earlier this month were named D3football.com First Team North Region all-stars.

Clark, who last week was named an American Football Coaches Association (ACFA) All-American, had 108 tackles (58 solo) in 2011, including nine for loss and three sacks, and also had two interceptions (one returned 57 yards for a touchdown) and a pair of forced fumbles, en route to repeating as the Empire 8 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his career with a school-record 377 tackles and was a four-time Empire 8 all-star (Second Team 2008; First Team 2009-11).

Raplee had 68 tackles this season, including eight for loss and a team-leading 4.5 sacks, and was named an Empire 8 Conference First Team all-star. He has earned Empire 8 all-conference honors each of his three seasons at AU (honorable mention 2009; First Team 2010 and 2011).

Clark and Raplee led a Saxon defense that held opposing offenses to less than 300 yards per game this season, including only 116 yards rushing per contest. The Saxons finished the 2011 season with an 8-3 record (4-3 Empire 8), ending the campaign with a 41-10 win at Bridgewater (MA) State in the ECAC Northeast Bowl.