Curry Racks Up More Honors

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net
HUNTINGTON, WV - The honors for Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry continued to roll in Saturday as the Herd’s star was named to the Football Writers Association of America All-America Team, his third such honor this postseason.

The Neptune, N.J. native will also be honored as the College Football Performance Awards’ Elite Defensive Lineman Trophy during a presentation at Sunday’s Marshall-Iona men’s basketball game at 2:30 p.m. ET. The goal of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. All recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Presenting the trophy to Curry will be CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith.

The 6'4 Curry had been announced as a second-team All-America selection by and the Walter Camp Football Foundation previously, in addition to his selection as 2011 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.

Curry (Neptune, N.J.), who was also a captain this season. He was in the running for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player), the Chuck Bednarik Awards (nation's best defensive player) and Rotary Lombardi Awards (nation's best lineman) this season and ranks second nationally 21.5 tackles for loss, tied for second with six forced fumbles and is tied for fifth with 11.0 sacks this season. He is also second on the NCAA's active list for career tackles for loss with 48.0 and career sacks with 26.5 and ranks seventh in career forced fumbles with nine. He earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors after the win over Rice and National Defensive Lineman honors after the win over Southern Miss. The 6-4 first-team All-C-USA selection has also been invited to the 2011 Senior Bowl.

The Herd, who went 6-6 overall against the nation's 15th-toughest schedule, also won a program-record five Conference USA games in 2011. Marshall will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida for the 2011 Beef `O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg on Tuesday, December 20 where it will face FIU (8-4 overall) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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