Preseason All-Conference USA Performer Huey Whittaker Highlights Six Former Vikings Playing Division I-A Football in 2003

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, August 22, 2003

Six former Hudson Valley Community College student-athletes are suiting up for NCAA Division I-A football teams this fall.

Former Hudson Valley wide receiver Huey Whittaker (Spring Hill, FL) is recognized as one of the top pass catchers in Conference USA while playing for the University of South Florida. "Athlon's College Football Preview" named Whittaker to its preseason All-Conference USA Team. In two years with the Bulls, the 6-5, 225 pound senior has caught 78 passes for 931 yards. Whittaker donned the Hudson Valley green and white in 1999.

Entering his junior year, Keith Hill (Pittsburgh, PA) is expected to make an impact at linebacker for the University of Pittsburgh this season. Pittsburgh enters the year ranked among the top 15 teams in the country in several preseason polls. Hill finished with 70 tackles and one sack in 2000, his only season with the Vikings.

A starter at wide receiver for Hudson Valley in 2000 and 2001, Derrick Dyer (Rochester) caught 49 passes for 834 yards and 13 touchdowns. He will suit up as a junior this season with the University of Buffalo.

A former All-Northeast Football Conference offensive lineman with the Vikings, Severino Sangro (Montrose) is playing in his first season for the University of Illinois in 2003.

Temple University signed two Vikings this past spring. Tight end Anthony Martinez (Albany) twice earned All-Northeast Football Conference honors, catching 33 passes for 483 yards over two seasons with the Vikings. Wide receiver Buchie Ibeh (East Orange, NJ) caught six passes for 113 yards last year with Hudson Valley.

Hudson Valley's football program was established in 1969. At the time, Hudson Valley was one of only two junior colleges in New York to field a varsity football team. Since then, nearly 300 Hudson Valley football players have earned scholarships to four-year schools and 15 have gone on to play professionally. The Vikings competed in the Coca-Cola Bowl in Iowa in 1980. In 1996, Hudson Valley posted an 8-0 record, part of a dominant stretch that included 15 straight victories.