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The collegiate career of Duquesne University junior running back A.J. Hines took another step forward Tuesday.
Hines, a product of Fike High, was named a STATS FCS first team All-American coming off a 9-4 season where he ran for 1,520 yards and 15 TDs. The yardage total ranked Hines third among NCAA Football Championship Subdivision rushers.
The honor is just the latest in a string of awards for Hines, who was the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award winner in 2016. The award is presented annually to the top freshman player in the FCS ranks. Hines, who entered his junior year No. 8 on the all-time Duquesne rushing list, moved up to third by season’s end and has 3,849 yards for his career. He’s exactly 700 yards away from the program record, held by Larry McCoy (2009-12).