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Duquesne's A.J. Hines named Associated Press All-American

Doug Gulasy
| Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, 6:24 p.m.
Duquesne's A.J. Hines ranks fourth in FCS with 133.2 rushing yards per game.
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Duquesne's A.J. Hines ranks fourth in FCS with 133.2 rushing yards per game.

Duquesne running back A.J. Hines earned another accolade Tuesday, as the Associated Press named the junior to its All-American second team.

The 5-foot-11, 225-pound Hines, who became Duquesne’s first AP All-American running back, rushed for 1,520 yards — the third-highest total in the country — and accounted for 17 total touchdowns as the Dukes won the Northeast Conference championship and appeared in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Hines piled up 246 yards and two scores in Duquesne’s 31-10 first-round win over Towson, the first FCS playoff win in school history.

The NEC named Hines its Offensive Player of the Year, and he was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the FCS’ top offensive player. He earned all-NEC first team recognition each of his first three seasons at Duquesne and won the Jerry Rice Award for the top freshman in the FCS in 2016.

Hines became the ninth Duquesne player to get named to the AP’s All-American team. He also is the Dukes’ fourth All-American in as many seasons, joining linebacker Christian Kuntz in 2015-16 and offensive lineman Ben Huss in 2017.

Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Doug at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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