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Football Lands Seven on Empire 8 All-Conference Team

Football Lands Seven on Empire 8 All-Conference Team Rochester, N.Y. - November 19, 2009 - The Springfield College football team had seven players selected to the 2009 Empire 8 Football All-Conference team after standout regular seasons. Free safety Jarred Burrell and DE Cody Flanigan were named to the first team, while FB Baldwin Cunningham, ILB Ken Goodwin, and OT Sean Meagher earned second team honors. QB Josh Carter was named Empire 8 Sportsman of the Year for the Springfield team, and OT John Carlson earned honorable mention honors.

Burrell, a product of Pilgrim, R.I., was named to the all-conference first team as a defensive back and as a return specialist. He enters this Saturday's ECAC Northeast Bowl Championship game versus Plymouth State ranked second in Division III in punt returns (17.2 yards per return) and third in Division III in kick returns (32.3 yards per return). He averages four tackles per game, has intercepted two passes, and broken up five more.

Flanigan, a defensive lineman from Auburn, N.Y. joined Burrell on the all-conference defensive first team. Flanigan caused havoc on the defensive line this season as he totaled four sacks and a team-best 12.5 tackles for loss. He currently ranks fourth on the team in total tackles with 44 this season.

An impact player on the defensive side of the ball, Goodwin earns second team honors for his tremendous play at linebacker for Springfield. The Foxboro, Mass. native was a leader for the Pride with his instinctive play and has posted a team-best 69 tackles to go along with nine tackles for loss and five pass break ups.

Cunningham had a standout senior season as Springfield's fullback as he earned second-team honors. The Manchester, Conn. native averaged just over 80 yards on the ground per game as he totaled 722 yard. He found the end zone seven times this year and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. He ranks second on the team in scoring with 42 points.

Meagher stepped up for Springfield's offensive line in just his sophomore season, and made an immediate impact as he also was named to the second team. A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Meagher was one of the major reasons why Springfield is currently ranked second nationally in rushing offense with 353.9 yards per game.

Carlson picked up honorable mention honors for his work on the offensive line. At left tackle, the Cromwell, Conn. product used his 6-4 frame to help bolster the Pride's running game, which is currently averaging 353.9 yards per contest.

One member of each team was named that institution’s representative on the 2009 Football Sportsman of the Year Team. Empire 8 emphasizes that "Competing with Honor and Integrity" is an essential component of a student-athlete’s experience in conjunction with an institution’s educational mission. These honorees have distinguished themselves and consistently exhibit the critical traits as outstanding sportsmen. Springfield's recipient was Carter, the sophomore quarterback who guided Springfield's multiple option offense. Hailing from Marlborough, Mass., Carter has rushed for 899 yards and 14 TD's thus far this season, while also completing 34 passes in 75 attempts for 540 yards and 8 TD's.

Springfield closes out its season on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Plymouth State in the ECAC Northeast Championship Bowl at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field at 12 noon.

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