Sunday, September 16, 2001
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Muhlenberg had an all-time high 13 players named to the All-Centennial Conference team last year. One of the ones who wasnt, starting free safety Erik Hammar, received what may be a more meaningful honor: He was given the Dig In Award by the Mule coaching staff at the teams postseason banquet.
The purpose of the award is for somebody who maybe doesnt get a lot of credit in terms of recognition from the conference or who doesnt have the big numbers, said Hammar, But they work hard every day, come out ready to play and try to be good leaders and set a good example on the field. I guess the coaches thought I was that kind of person.
Getting that award meant a lot to me. I made me feel like I had something to show for the work Ive been doing.
Hammar did put up big numbers once in his career record-setting numbers, in fact. In 1999, in his second career start, he made a school-record 27 tackles against Grove City, many against All-America fullback R.J. Bowers. Unfortunately for Hammar, the Mules lost the game in overtime.
There was another play that game where I made a big mistake and that had an impact on the game, he recalled. I think of that more than the statistics I had in the game. If we had won the game, it would have felt like more of a feat.
More typical of Hammars play is the quietly efficient job he did as the Mules punter during Saturdays 47-3 win against Dickinson. Although his average for six kicks was only 34.0, he landed five of them inside the 25, including one that was downed on the 2-yard line.
Hammar is the most experienced player in the Mules secondary. He recorded his 100th career tackle two weeks ago against Cal Lutheran and has three career interceptions.
When hes not putting the Hammar down on opposing ballcarriers, the native of Long Valley, N.J., is focusing on getting his elementary education certiifcation and majoring in history.
I like to read history, he said. Especially ancient history, stuff theres really not as many records of, so theres room for interpretation.
The Muhlenberg coaches have weighed in with their interpretation of Erik Hammars value to the team.
Folger Named Player of the Week
Senior linebacker Doug Folger of the Muhlenberg football team has been named defensive player of the week by the Centennial Conference.
Folger was the leader of a Mule defense that limited Dickinson to just 180 total yards in a 47-3 victory over the Red Devils. He had a team-high 13 tackles, as the defense allowed just 2.7 yards per play and forced four turnovers.
An All-CC first-team selection last year, Folger leads Muhlenberg and ranks second in the CC with 35 tackles through three games.
Elsewhere in the CC ...
Senior running back Shearrod Duncan of Ursinus rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries to earn offensive player-of-the-week honors for the second straight week. He shared the award with Teron Powell, the Western Maryland wide receiver who caught three touchdown passes.
In a non-league game, Johns Hopkins improved to 2-0 with a 28-6 win at Rochester. The Blue Jays have outscored their first two opponents, 62-9.
For more on Centennial Conference football, go to the CC Web site at www.centennial.org.
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Last updated September 16, 2001