Miller Earns First Team All-American Status
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, December 3, 2001
The National Junior College Athletic Association
(NJCAA) named Hudson Valley Community College wide receiver Shawn Miller
(Troy H.S.) a First Team All-American on Monday. Miller, who was previously
named the 2001 Northeast Football Conference (NFC) Offensive Player of
the Year, was the second-leading receiver in the nation among junior college
football players this past season.
The second-year student-athlete had 41 receptions
for 611 yards and nine touchdowns in 2001. He also had 947 all-purpose
yards, helping Hudson Valley post a 6-2 record..
Miller, the only offensive player on this year's
All-American list to hail from an NFC school – the NJCAA releases a list
that includes First and Second Team selections, as well as Honorable Mention
honorees, at the end of each season – is Hudson Valley's second First Team
All-American football player in the past two years. Defensive back Derrick
Black (Tarboro H.S.), who earned a full football scholarship to Appalachian
State, was a First Team choice in 2000. Miller, who stands 6-foot-1 and
weighs 183 pounds, is being recruited by major NCAA Division I schools.
Miller, who holds Hudson Valley's record for receptions
in a game (11) and receiving yards in a game (189), finished his two-year
Hudson Valley career with the second-most catches (74) and receiving touchdowns
(16) in school history. Jay Kearney had 80 receptions in 1990 and 1991.
During that same timeframe, Kearney caught 17 touchdown passes.
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.