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HEIKINNEN RECEIVES FOURTH ALL-AMERICAN CITATION FOR 2011
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Garth Heikkinen added a fourth All-American honor to his burgeoning 2011 resume today when the University of Minnesota Duluth junior offensive guard was named to the D2Football.com All-America first team. Bulldog senior placekicker David Nadeau earned a spot on the second team while senior outside linebackers Rob Huberty and Derrick Zappa were honorable mention picks.
Heikkinen, who last month was named to both the American Football Coaches Association Division II and Daktronics All-America first teams as well as the Associated Press Little All-America second team, has started all 42 games over the last three seasons. This past fall, the Duluth Central High School alumnus anchored an offensive line which helped UMD roll up the highest rushing yardage total in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference during the regular season en route to attaining All-NSIC status for the third straight year (first team in both 2011 and 2010 and honorable mention in 2009).
Nadeau, a native of White Bear Lake, Minn., closed out his Bulldog playing days in 2011 owning some 15 team placekicking records, including points (390) and field goals (44) in a career. The first UMD kicker to ever secure all-conference recognition on more than one occasion (he was an All-NSIC North Division first team honoree in 2011, 2010 and 2009), Nadeau paced the Bulldogs in scoring this past season with 90 points and, on Oct. 15, eclipsed a 34-year old program record by nailing a 55-yard field goal at the University of Mary. He connected on 13 of 16 field goals and 51 of 51 extra points as a senior while averaging a career-best 59.3 yards per kickoff.
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