Monday, September 11, 2017

Football - Huskies Abbott Named PSAC East Special Teams Player Of The Week

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Redshirt junior placekicker Ryan Abbott(Hagerstown, Md./Saint James School) of the Bloomsburg University football team has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in Saturday's 29-20 victory at Clarion University. The announcement came from the league office on Monday morning.

It marks the second time in Abbott's career that he has been honored with a weekly award from the PSAC. He also claimed the PSAC East Special Teams Player of the Week honor on September 25, 2016 - on the heels of last season's 54-14 victory at Cheyney University.

Abbott was a perfect 3-of-3 on field goals and 2-of-2 on extra points as he helped the Huskies to their first win of the 2017 campaign on Saturday. It marked a new career-high in field goals made in a game for Abbott - his previous high was two set on two different occasions last season (at Cheyney on September 24 and at IUP on November 12). He connected on a 30-yard field goal late in the first half which, at the time, gave the Huskies a 17-13 lead over the Golden Eagles. His 35-yarder on the Huskies' first drive of the second half tied the game at 20-20 and then his 33-yard boot late in the third quarter gave Bloomsburg the lead for good at 23-20.

The three field goals were the first three-point attempts of the season for Abbott, who went 8-of-11 on field goal attempts a season ago. The redshirt junior is also a perfect 4-of-4 on extra points which gives him 13 points through two games this season - second-most on the team.

The Huskies (1-1, 0-0 PSAC East) will return home on Saturday, September 16 to host Gannon University (1-1, 0-0 PSAC West) at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. Bloomsburg is 3-2 lifetime against the Golden Knights but will be looking to avenge last season's 30-27 overtime loss in Erie.

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