Ducasse Named Strength & Conditioning All-American

Ducasse in action at the NFL Combine.

Ducasse in action at the NFL Combine.

April 7, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse has been named a National Strength & Conditioning Association All-American. The NSCA recognized the playing All-American and probable high NFL Draft selection for his outstanding dedication to strength training and conditioning.

The year, the NSCA awarded 232 collegiate athletes from 106 schools with this esteemed award. Ducasse was selected by UMass strength & conditioning coach Bob Otrando, who said, "Vlad was a consistent year-round worker for four years. He never took time off."

Robert Jursnick, the NSCA's Executive Director added, "The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in college athletics. These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."

The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 32nd year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc.

Ducasse has been the subject of numerous feature stories as the NFL Draft nears. The native Haitian has played a large role in the relief efforts in his homeland. Check out various stories from ESPN, the Associated Press, Sporting News and more. Ducasse could be UMass' first NFL First-Round Draft Pick in more than 40 years.

He is just the fifth UMass player to play in the Senior Bowl and first since 1976. He joins: Milt Morin, End in 1966; John Hulecki, Tight End in 1972; Ed McAleney, Defensive Line in 1976 and James Files, Offensive Line in 1976.



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