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Marist's Lucas Earns College Football Performance Award

Courtesy: Marist Athletics
         
Release: November 12, 2013
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Senior running back Atiq Lucas (Coram, N.Y.) of the Marist football team earned a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) College Football Performance Award due to his efforts in Marist’s 55-28 victory over Campbell this past Saturday. This was his first FCS College Football Performance Award.

Lucas ran for 174 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns, setting career high in all three categories. The Red Foxes, who never trailed in the game, led 14-0 after the first quarter on a pair of rushing touchdowns by Lucas.

In the process, the team accomplished a few milestones. Marist tied the program record for victories in a season with seven, scored 55 points - the second highest single-game total in school history and the most the Red Foxes scored in a game in 15 years - and broke the school record for points in a season. The Red Foxes, now with 345 points this year, had scored 305 in 2005.

Lucas, who lost the entire 2012 season due to injury, has been important to Marist’s offensive success this season. On the ground through 10 games, Lucas has 751 rushing yards on 4.8 yards-per-carry and nine touchdowns; he also has nine receptions for 49 yards and one receiving touchdown.

The Red Foxes (7-3 overall, 6-1 PFL) will conclude their 2013 regular season by hosting Mercer (9-1, 5-1) on Saturday Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at Tenney Stadium. Prior to the game, Marist will honor its senior class. With a win, the Red Foxes will win at least a share of the Pioneer Football League championship, and will set the program record for wins in a season.