WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America football team was recognized with three selections to the D3football.com All-Region Teams. Seniors Andrew DiNardo, Luke Kern and Patrick Vidal were all tabbed to the East Region Third Team.
The three selections tie a program record for all-region players in a season and are the most for Catholic in nine years. The D3football.com teams were started in 2005. It is the first all-region accolade for all three players.
DiNardo ranks as the nation's leading punter with a 46.5 yards per punt average. He boomed a long of 65 yards this season and put 16 of his boots inside the 20-yard line. A First Team All-NEWMAC selections, he was also picked as the D3football.com Punter of the Week on September 12.
Kern was the NEWMAC's leading tackler with 103 stops on the season and the only player to eclipse 90 total tackles. A First Team All-NEWMAC honoree and a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, his 6.3 solo tackles per game rank 20th in the nation. He also ranks second in the country with five forced fumbles on the season.
Vidal was one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the country as he ranked fourth among down lineman in tackles. The First Team All-NEWMAC player ranked fourth in the league with 82 tackles. A CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, he racked up 15 tackles for loss, fourth-best in the league and rounded out a stellar campaign with four sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups. Vidal was twice selected as the NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Week as well as two selections to the D3football.com Team of the Week.
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