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District Colleges

Slippery Rock lineman Gaviglia tabbed All-American

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 7:27 p.m.
Slippery Rock quarterback Roland Rivers III throws a pass as Steve Gaviglia (left, 64) blocks for him.
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Slippery Rock quarterback Roland Rivers III throws a pass as Steve Gaviglia (left, 64) blocks for him.

Slippery Rock rushed for more than 200 yards a game this season during its head-turning run to the PSAC Western Division title and NCAA quarterfinals.

Senior right tackle Steve Gaviglia played a key role up front and was lauded for his efforts Wednesday by being named a second-team Division II All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.

Gaviglia, a Seneca Valley product, is one of only 10 offensive linemen from 167 programs selected.

A three-time All-PSAC pick, Gaviglia started 25 consecutive games at right tackle for the Rock (11-3). The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder helped SRU pile up 2,838 yards and average 37.2 points.

Senior tailback Wes Hills ran for a school single-season record 1,714 yards.

Gaviglia also was an All-Super Region One selection.

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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