Dave Paveletz: Sweeping All-America Honors
The J-Club of Saint John’s University in Minnesota named senior running back Dave Paveletz ’10 one of 10 finalists for Jostens’ 2009 Gagliardi Trophy, awarded to the NCAA Division III football Player of the Year.
Paveletz, a D3football.com All American from Warrior Run, Pa., was the 2009 Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year and a member of Susquehanna’s Liberty championship team. He is the second SU athlete to be honored as a 2009 national Player of the Year finalist. Joel Patch ’09 earned the honor in men’s basketball in February.
A team captain, Paveletz is a three-time all-Liberty first-teamer and all-academic team member. He led the league and ranked sixth in Division III in rushing yards this past season with 1,414. He led the league in rushing yards in both 2008 and 2007 as well.
In 2009, he increased the Susquehanna career rushing-yards record, pushing his total to 4,731 yards, while also setting new SU marks in career rushing touchdowns (47) and single-season rushing yards. He also owns the SU single-game rushing record with a 288-yard performance in a 28–13 win over the University of Rochester on Oct. 11, 2008. He tied his own school single-game record with four rushing touchdowns in that same game.
The Gagliardi Trophy, whose recipient is selected by a national committee composed of coaches, sportswriters, community leaders and former Division III student athletes enshrined in the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame, recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service.
Paveletz boasts a 3.54 grade point average as a finance major and economics minor, and earned College Sports Information Directors of America/ESPN The Magazine academic all-district honors for two years before gaining academic All-America status in 2009. He has been on the Susquehanna Dean’s List every semester since the spring of 2007 and has maintained an SU Presidential Scholarship since the fall of 2006.
Paveletz frequently donates his time and energy to the Central Pennsylvania Multiple Sclerosis Society. At various times he has donated prize money won through Crusader Football Player of the Week awards to the organization while encouraging teammates to do the same. Paveletz and his teammates also raised more than $1,200 this past season in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization that promotes breast cancer awareness and raises money for research on the disease.
Contributing writers to the Scoreboard section are Robert E. Healy III, director of athletics communications, and Kelly Stemcosky ‘11, a communications major from Wellsboro, Pa.