The NJCAA has announced its All Americans for the recently completed 2011 football season. Two Lackawanna players were amongst those receiving that honor.
Named to the defensive First Team was defensive end, Bernardo Nunez. A resident of Hoboken New Jersey, and graduate of Hoboken High, Nunez started his playing career at Lackawanna in the Fall of 2011 after transferring to the Scranton school from the University of Pittsburgh. During the 2011 campaign he was credited with 33 unassisted and 12 assisted tackles. He accumulated 15 tackles for losses of 88 yards. Nunez also received credit for 2 pass breakups and 1 interception. He was the master of the big play as he recorded 11 sacks costing the opponents 69 yards and forced 3 fumbles.
At the conclusion of its regular season, the Northeast Football Conference named Nunez to its First Team All-Conference, Its Defensive Player of the Year and the NEFC Player of the Year.
Coach, Mark Duda was extremely pleased with the selection of Nunez as an All American. Duda said "Bernardo deserves this honor; he was a key member of our defense who seemed to make the big play when we needed it". Duda added that "Nunez should do well wherever he continues his football career; he has a rare combination of strength and speed which makes him hard to block". Duda concluded by saying that "When our opponent found themselves in a passing down and Bernardo's sole responsibility was to get to the quarterback, he was a demon".
Nunez is presently undecided where he will continue his college football career next Fall.
Also recognized by the NJCAA was offensive lineman, Mark Glowinski. A 6'5, 295, tackle out of G.A.R. High School in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Glowinski, a sophomore, was named by the NJCAA to its second team.
In learning of Glowinski's selection, Coach Duda said that, "It's a shame that there are no offensive statistics kept for offensive lineman. There is no statistics that I can quote on how well he has performed the last two seasons. In my career at Lackawanna there was only one lineman who I thought was marginally better than Mark and he is now playing in the league" (Duda was referring to former Outland Trophy winner and veteran NFL tackle, Bryant McKinnie). Duda added, "Mark is extremely athletic and tenacious, he has excellent technique and, most importantly, never takes a play off."
Glowinski is still undecided as to where he will be playing this coming autumn however a smiling Coach Duda indicated it will be a NCAA Division I school.