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10/16/2002
Former Hudson Valley Defensive Back Appears on the Right Side of ESPN's "Bonehead Play of the Week"

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063FOR RELEASE: Immediate,

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Image of Derrick BlackDerrick Black, Hudson Valley Community College's career interception leader, got plenty of national attention last weekend when he was featured on ESPN's "Bonehead Play of the Week". Lucky for him, Black, a senior at Appalachian State University, was not the bonehead.

In a game between nationally ranked NCAA Division I-AA teams on Saturday, October 12, fifth-ranked Furman University scored a touchdown to take a 15-14 lead over No. 4 Appalachian State with only seven seconds remaining in the game. In an effort to go up by three, the Paladins chose to go for two on the conversion. The Furman pass was intercepted by Josh Jeffries, who then pitched it to Black for the rare defensive two-point conversion and a 16-15 Appalachian State win.

Black's return was one of a long list of returns for the Mountaineers this season. He had a 48-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in a win over Eastern Kentucky on September 14. The following week against Liberty, Black dashed 50 yards with a blocked field goal attempt for a touchdown. In addition, his only punt return of the season went 53 yards before he was tackled against The Citadel on September 28.

A 2001 graduate of Hudson Valley, Black terrorized quarterbacks in the Northeast Football Conference. He had 12 interceptions in two years with the Vikings including a school-record eight picks in 2000. He has 19 tackles and a team-high eight pass breakups with Appalachian State this season.

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.