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Four Members of the Football Team Named to 2008 All-Empire 8 Team

2008 Empire 8 All-Conference Selections Springfield, Mass. – November 20, 2008 – Four Springfield College football players have received All-Empire 8 recognition for their outstanding performances throughout the 2008 season.

Named First Team All-Empire 8 were senior center Andrew Jackson (Pennsville, N.J.) on offense, and senior inside linebacker Tom Caporale (Closter, N.J.) on defense. For Caporale, it was the second straight year he had been named First Team All-Empire 8.

Receiving honorable mention accolades were a pair of Pride defenders. They included junior defensive end Cody Flanigan (Auburn, N.Y.) and junior defensive back Jarred Burrell (Warwick, R.I.). Burrell, who doubled as a return man in both kickoffs and punts, was also named honorable mention as a member of the special teams.

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.

Flanigan finished third on the team with 63 total tackles (31 solos). He also was credited with eight tackles-for-loss (28 yards), three sacks (10 yards), and one forced fumble.

Burrell received honorable mention honors twice. As a free safety, Burrell was sixth on the team in tackles with 45 (including 27 solos). He also had two interceptions (38 yards), two pass break-ups, and one forced fumble. As a punt returner, he averaged 5.4 yards on 15 returns. But it was as a kickoff returner where he made his mark. He averaged 26.5 yards on 27 returns. That included an 82-yarder for a touchdown, and a 68-yarder, each against St. John Fisher. Jarred led the Empire 8 in kickoff returns, and was 35th nationally (through the week of Nov. 15).

Springfield finished with a 4-6 overall record, and a 2-4 mark in Empire 8 play. But SC finished the season on an upbeat note, winning its last two contests.

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