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November 16, 2011

Marlow, Magnussen, Whitman Top PLU All-NWC List

A trio of Pacific Lutheran seniors - offensive tackle Rob Marlow, defensive end Erik Magnussen and defensive back Justin Whitman - have earned 2011 All-Northwest Conference First Team honors as voted on by the conference head coaches.

Marlow (Renton, Wash. / Liberty), Magnussen (East Wenatchee, Wash. / Eastmont) and Whitman (Issaquah, Wash. / Liberty) headlined a list of 10 Lutes players who received first team, second team, or honorable mention accord.

PLU players named to the second team were senior quarterback Zack Halverson (Bellingham, Wash. / Bellingham), senior linebacker Steven McDonald (Coupeville, Wash. / Coupeville) and sophomore safety Sean McFadden (Honolulu, Hawaii / Punahou).

Pacific Lutheran honorable mention selections were senior linebacker Adam Schwander (Beaverton, Ore. / Beaverton), junior cornerback Tayler Angevine (Kent, Wash. / Kentlake), senior wide receiver Alex McDiarmid (Livermore, Calif. / Granada), and senior linebacker TJ Suek (Longview, Wash. / Mark Morris).

Marlow was a three-year starter on the offensive line after playing linebacker during his freshman season. He earned second team all-conference honors in 2010. Magnussen, a three-year starter, compiled 41 total tackles, including a team-high seven quarterback sacks, and also had an interception. Whitman, a first-year starter, had 33 tackles and two interceptions for the Lutes in 2011.

Halverson, who had thrown only one pass in three seasons prior to the 2011 campaign, finished 166-for-279 (59.5 percent) for 2,053 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. McDonald, starting for the second season, finished second on the team with 48 tackles and led the Lutes with 11.5 tackles for loss. He also forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles. McFadden, a two-year starter and a first team All-NWC choice last year, led the Lutes with four interceptions and also compiled 45 tackles.

Schwander, a two-year starter, led the Lutes with 62 tackles and also recovered two fumbles, while Angevine was in on 27 tackles in addition to being the team's top kickoff returner. He has started the last two seasons. As a first-year starter, McDiarmid averaged 19.0 yards on his 22 cartches, three of which he took for touchdowns. Suek made the move from safety to linebacker and had a big year for the Lutes with six quarterback sacks among his 40 total tackles.

The Lutes finished the season with a 6-3 record, including a 4-2 mark in the conference, good for a second-place tie with Lewis & Clark.

Click here to view the entire All-Northwest Conference football list.

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