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November 1, 2013

East Central Football Notebook

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In addition, Kutztown achieved its highest national ranking ever (No. 6 in 2011) and established a new record for most wins in a single season in the 97-year history of the program (11 in 2011) under Monica's leadership. 

Monica was named PSAC and NCAA Division II Super Region 1 coach of the year in 2010 and 2011.

Perhaps the most extraordinary accomplishment of Monica's coaching career thus far came in 2011, when he helped Kutztown end a 60-year wait for its first PSAC championship in football.

Monica was hailed by Sports Illustrated in 2003 as one of college football's seven "Wise Guides." The article described him as "the best in the nation at getting ordinary players to do extraordinary things."

King of Defense: The awards keep rolling in for ECU senior Alex King after he had one of the best games of his career at Southwestern Oklahoma State (Oct. 26). After earning Great American Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors, he has now been named the D2Football.com Defensive Player of the Week.

King registered a career game in the Tigers’ 24-21 win against SWOSU. He set a GAC single-game record with 5.5 tackles-for-loss. He made more tackles (14) in the game than he had a season ago (13). He registered a pair of sacks and forced a fourth-quarter fumble with SWOSU driving at the five-yard line to save a touchdown. His 5.5 tackles for loss ranks him tied for third in the NCAA for TFL in a single game.

Campbell the Turnover King: During last week’s narrow 24-21 road win over Southwestern, ECU was the benefactor of five SWOSU turnovers. The Tigers recovered three fumbles (two by Daren Campbell and one by Cole Weber) and picked off two passes (one by Campbell and one by Reuben Tiller).

Up Next: The Tigers will prepare for their final two games of the 2013 season on the road. ECU will first have a strong test at Harding, which is ranked No. 2 in the GAC standings. Game time is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Searcy, Ark.

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