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Utica College sending three to D3 Senior Classic

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UTICA, N.Y. - Three of the best football players in Utica College history, receiver Jeremy Meier, tight end Matt Dunn, and linebacker Genaro Scampone will get to play one more collegiate game thanks to receiving invites to the D3 Senior Classic all-star game in Salem, Va. on Dec. 7.

Here is the full press release from UC Athletics:

Utica, NY (11/30/2012) – Tight end Matt Dunn (Miller Place, NY/Miller Place), wide receiver Jeremy Meier (Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy) and linebacker Genaro Scampone (Utica, NY/Proctor) of the Utica College football team have been selected to play in the 4th Annual D3 Senior Classic All-Star game on Friday, Dec. 7th at Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The three Pioneers will play on the North All-Stars

“The 2012 edition of the D3 Senior Classic game may be the greatest assembly of D3 senior football talent ever to play in a single game,” said former D3 player and co-founder of the game, Peter St . Lawrence.

The D3 Senior Classic has been the premier all-star experience for Division III football players since its inception in 2009. The D3 Senior Classic brings together some of Division III's best to Salem, VA each December to compete in a North vs South format all-star game. Each year, the D3 Senior Classic provides its participants and their families with an unmatched experience including a banquet to pay tribute to their stellar football careers.

Al Piascik and staff from SUNY Maritime (NY) will coach the North, while Dave Eavenson and the Methodist (NC) staff will coach the South. A total of 54 players in this game have received some level D3 national recognition during the 2012 season.

“This is a great honor for Matt, Jeremy and Genaro. They all had tremendous careers here at UC and they deserve all the recognition in the world,” said Utica Head Football Coach Blaise Faggiano. “It's a special game for the seniors because they get to strap on the pads one last time before the end of their collegiate careers. It's a very talented pool of players and another opportunity for Utica College to showcase that we have some of the top talent in the country.”

Dunn, Meier and Scampone helped to transform the landscape of Utica College football over the course of the last four years. This past season they helped guided the program to new heights, as UC tied the school-record for wins in a single-season (6) and the Pioneers set a new record for Empire 8 Conference victories (4). They helped give UC a legitimate shot at an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament as they played nationally-ranked Salisbury in Week 9 with a chance at the Conference title hanging in the balance. Headed into their week 9 contest the Pioneers were receiving votes in both the AFCA and D3football.com national polls for the first time in program-history.

Meier, an all-conference first team selection this year, will graduate as the most accomplished receiver in program-history. This past season he led the Empire 8 in touchdowns (15), receptions (73), yards (1,212), yards per game (121.2), and yards per catch (16.6). He also became the first Pioneer in school history to record over 1,000 yards (1,212) receiving in a single-season and also broke the college's all-time record in yards (2,472) and receptions (187). Meier will graduate as the College's all-time leading scorer with 194 career points scored. He scored a school-record 32 career touchdowns. His yards receptions and touchdown catches this past year were both single-season records for UC.

Dunn finished his career as the most successful tight end in school-history, ranking fourth all-time with 1,569 career receiving yards. He is also one of six players in school-history to catch over 100 balls. He ranks third all-time with 123 catches. He is also tied for third all-time with 12 touchdown catches.He is a two-time Empire 8 All-Conference First Team selection and he had 42 catches for 612 yards and four TDs this past season. He averaged 61.2 yards per game and 14.57 yards per catch while starting all ten games for the Pioneers.

Scampone was a two-time team captain for UC at the linebacker position and he will graduate ranked ninth all-time at UC with 189 career tackles. He ranked fourth on the team with 53 tackles this past year and he also posted 6.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.

These young men helped UC break 20 different team-records this past season as they finished the year with a 6-4 overall record and barely missed out on an ECAC Bowl Bid.

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