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Jan. 30, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Rock’s Saunders earns all-region honor

CLARION, Pa. – Anthony Saunders, a Slippery Rock University safety management major from New Kensington and cornerback on the SRU football team, has been named a third-team Don Hansen Division II All-Super Region One performer by the Don Hansen Football Committee.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and ranked 11th among NCAA Division II players in passes defended with 17 (14 broken up and three interceptions).

Saunders accumulated 105 yards on interception returns, highlighted by two he turned into touchdowns, a 50-yarder in the season-opening win over Seton Hill and a 42-yarder in the win over Gannon.

Billed by his coaches as The Rock's “lockdown corner,” Saunders also ranked fourth on the team last fall with 62 total tackles (42 solo, 20 assists).

One of seven Rock football student-athletes who earned All-PSAC-West second-team honors in 2012, Saunders headlines a list of nine Rock defensive starters expected to return for the 2013 season.

The Rock, led by George Mihalik, 25-year head coach, ended the 2012 season with a 6-5 overall record and a 5-2 division record and finished third in the eight-team PSAC-Western Division.

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