Anyone from Slippery Rock University turning in last Monday’s USA Football Bowl All-Star Game may have seen some familiar faces as former SRU football standouts Quindell Dean, a criminal justice graduate from Uniontown, and Tony Papley, a parks and recreation graduate from Slippery Rock, were in on the action.
The two were included as players for the winning Admirals squad announced by the USA Football Network and the Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association. The Admirals defeated the Generals 37-13 in the game played at Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala. Dean was credited with two solo tackles and two assists, while Papley pulled off a fourth-quarter quarterback sack for a one-yard loss.
Dean earned a second-team All-America citation from Beyond Sports Network as well as second-team Daktronics All-Super Region 1, third-team Don Hansen Football Gazette all-region and first-team Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors.
Dean was the No. 2 tackler on last fall’s Rock squad with 76 total takedowns (43 solo, 33 assisted). Dean ranked ninth in the PSAC in tackles for loss with a team-high 14.5 for -47 yards. He also intercepted two passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown in the NCAA Division II first-round national playoff game at Winston-Salem State, batted down six passes and recorded two quarterback hurries. He ended the regular season ranked 24th on SRU's career tackles list with 239, 18th in career solo tackles with 125 and 14th in career tackles for loss with 32 for -155 yards.
Papley earned first-team All-PSAC-West honors last fall and also garnered a third-team Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region 1 citation. The nose tackle recorded 65 total tackles (25 solo, 40 assisted), including 12 tackles for loss (-29 yards) and two quarterback sacks (-11 yards).
Papley also intercepted one pass, broke up two others, recorded three quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble in his final collegiate campaign.
Dean and Papley were key components of a Rock defense that finished the 2013 season ranked fourth nationally in pass defense efficiency, fifth in third-down conversion and 25th in rushing defense.
The USA Football Bowl started in 1995 as the Division III Senior All-Star Classic and later became known as the Aztec Bowl for 10 years and was played in Mexico, Dennis Wilson, president of USA Football Network, said. In 2010, the event absorbed the Division II Cactus Bowl. NAIA, NCCAA and USCAA senior All-Americans were awarded to the game’s talent pool in 2011, followed in 2012 by the addition of FCS seniors. FBS seniors joined the talent pool for the first time in 2014.
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