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TUCKNESS NAMED BEYOND SPORTS NETWORK PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

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By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELES — When you end up in the end zone as often as Occidental College wide receiverMatthew Tuckness (Alamo) did last season, people take notice.

Tuckness, who led the SCIAC with 14 touchdowns catches in 2011, was named to the Beyond Sports Network's Pre-Season All-American Second Team last week.

As they almost always are, preseason awards are based on the previous season's performance and Tuckness' 2011 year ranked right up there with the best pass catchers in the nation.

He was named First-Team All-SCIAC, and ranked second in the conference with 89.7 yards and 7.3 receptions per game. The senior scored a touchdown in every game but one and had six games with two touchdown receptions.

"It's a great feeling when your hard work is recognized, but without your teammates and coaches awards like this are unattainable," Tuckness said.

As the moments got bigger, Tuckness got better. Five of his touchdowns came in the fourth quarter and his nine second-half scores alone would have tied the next best SCIAC touchdown reception total.

"We're very excited and proud that Matt has received this recognition after having a great 2011 season," Occidental associate head coach and offensive coordinator Eric Bergstrom said. "He was a key component to our passing attack last season and we plan on him playing the same role this year."

Pomona-Pitzer running back Luke Sweeney, and Cal Lutheran wide receiver Eric Rodgers and tight end JJ Gallagher were the only other SCIAC players on the first, second or third teams. Cal Lu linebacker Jacob Norlock earned an honorable mention.

The Tigers finished the 2011 season 5-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play. They begin 2012 against Pacific (Ore.) at home on Sept. 8.

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
St. Thomas at Berry
@ Location TBD
12:00 PM
Wesley at Brockport
1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
1:00 PM
Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nov. 17: All times Eastern
Final
Merchant Marine 35, at Buffalo State 20
@ Newark, Del.
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Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Muhlenberg 32, at Carnegie Mellon 6
@ Newark, Del.
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at Franklin and Marshall 21, Widener 7
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Susquehanna 28, at Albright 9
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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Final
at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Final
at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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Final
at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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Final
at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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Final
Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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Final
at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
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Cortland 35, at Union 28
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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Final - OT
at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Final
at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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Final
at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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Final
at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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Final
at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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at Ithaca 27, Salisbury 17
@ Newark, Del.
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at WPI 17, SUNY-Maritime 3
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Alfred
@ University of Delaware
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