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Jackson and Caporale Named 2008 ECAC Division III Northwest Football All-Stars

Andy Jackson and Tom Caporale Springfield, Mass. – January 5, 2009 – A pair of Springfield College seniors have been named 2008 ECAC Division III Northwest Football All-Stars after solid seasons this year. Named an all-star on offense was senior center Andrew Jackson (Pennsville, N.J.), while senior inside linebacker Tom Caporale (Closter, N.J.) was honored on defense.

The duo was also honored to the All-Empire 8 First Team.

A starter at fullback for the past three seasons, Jackson made the commitment to play the center position when Head Coach Mike DeLong was in search for help along the offensive line. Jackson proved to be the main cog and aided the Pride in averaging 290.3 rushing yards per game, which led the Empire 8 and was seventh nationally. Jackson was also named winner of the Empire 8’s Sportsmanship Award from Springfield College.

Caporale led the Pride in tackles for the third straight year, despite playing much of the year with a nagging turf toe injury. A dynamo on defense, the 5-7, 190-pound Caporale was credited with 84 tackles overall, including 39 solos. He also registered three tackles-for-loss (for 10 yards), two pass break-ups, and one fumble recovery. He was fourth in the Empire 8 (through the regular season) with those 84 stops.

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