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David Rowlands Award
Marc Dunn Chosen for 2001 David Rowlands Award

Due to his unparalleled success on the football field, Marc Dunn of Ricks College, Utah, was awarded the 2001 NJCAA David Rowlands Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award.

Dunn, a 6'4" 205 pound quarterback from Brigham City, Utah, started his is NJCAA football career during the 1999 football season.  After red-shirting one season, and taking a two-year church mission, Dunn passed for 437 yards and 5 tds in a back up role at Ricks. He then earned the starting position as quarterback in the spring of 2000.

Dunn exploded onto the NJCAA football scene in 2000, leading Ricks College to an 8-3 season, a 45-14 win over Snow College in the Real Dairy Bowl, and a number nine ranking in the final NJCAA poll.  In 11 games, Dunn threw for 4,351 yards on 281-465 and 42 touchdowns.  The completion percentage was an amazing 60.4% for the 2000 season.  Dunn established an NJCAA all-time record in the 2000 season, passing for 4,001 yards in 10 regular season games.  Additionally, Ricks College established an all-time team passing standard, averaging 437.1 yards per game in the regular season.

In the 2000 season, Dunn broke eight school records including most passes completed in a game (34), most yards passing in a game (605), most touchdowns in a game (8), most passing yards in a season (4351), most yards total offense in a season (4237), most TD passes in a season (42), most passes attempted in a season (465) and most passes completed in a season (281). 

Dunn's other athletic accomplishments and awards included, 2000 NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year, 2000 NJCAA First-Team All American, WSFL All Conference First Team Quarterback, Region 18 First Team Quarterback, and Dunn received the Ricks College, Clyde Packer Ideal Male Athlete Award in 2000. 

Ricks College Head Football Coach, Ron Haun, described Dunn as, "The type of person who sets his mind on something and then goes and does it.  He is a fierce competitor who was always well-prepared to play, both physically and mentally.  One of Mark's great attributes is his ability to lead by example.  He is a great role model for what a student-athlete should be.  He is truly an outstanding person whom we are very proud of, and consider to be of the highest character and possessor of the highest moral values you would want in a student-athlete."

Dunn continued his football career at Kansas State University.







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