Tuesday, December 31, 2013

McCombie Earns All America Honor

SRU's McCombie earns second-team Daktronics All America honor

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Slippery Rock University senior punter James McCombie was named Wednesday as a second-team member of the Daktronics, Inc., All America Football Team.

The All America honor, voted upon by sports information directors at the 168 football-playing NCAA Division II institutions in the nation, came on the heels of McCombie being named earlier this month as a first-team All Super Region 1 performer.

McCombie also earned first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors in voting by the division’s head football coaches.

A native of Nicktown, Pa., and graduate of Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg, McCombie ranked first in the PSAC and fifth among NCAA Division II punters last fall with a per-punt average of 43.2 yards.

McCombie had 12 punts that traveled 50 or more yards last fall, headlined by a career-best-tying 74-yarder in the season opener at Northwood. McCombie also had 13 of his 53 punts land inside the opponents' 20-yard line this fall and only nine result in touchbacks.

A park and resource management major at SRU, McCombie finished his four-year career as The Rock’s first-team punter with a 40.5 yards per punt average.

McCombie had six punts that traveled 60 or more yards, 34 punts that traveled 50 or more yards and 67 that landed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line during his 208-punt college career.

McCombie was the second member of The Rock’s PSAC-West champion, conference runner-up and NCAA playoff-qualifying team to earn a second-team All America honor. Senior linebacker Quindell Dean earned that status earlier this month from Beyond Sports Network.

The two All America performers were included in a group of 18 seniors on this year’s Rock squad, which compiled a 9-3 overall record and earned an NCAA playoff berth for the first time since 1999.

Bob McComas
Sports Information Director
Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way - Room 201 Old Main
Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
Office: 724.738.2777
Fax: 724.738.4761
Cell: 724.421.5658
Email: robert.mccomas@sru.edu

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