Jim Thorpe quarterback Pat Duvigneaud was named to the PIAA Class AA All-State team on Wednesday.
Duvigneaud was the lone player from the TIMES NEWS area to be named to either the Class A or AA team that was released on Wednesday afternoon. He was one of two players to be selected to the Athlete position on the team.
"I was pretty shocked last night when I found out, but I was just so happy and a little overwhelmed at the time," Duvigneaud told the TIMES NEWS this morning. "I've never been a part of something like this before and it's truly an honor to even be mentioned with the some of the guys on this list. It's definitely something I can look back on and be proud of."
Duvigneaud had one of the greatest all-around years in Jim Thorpe history. The 5-11, 170-pound signal-caller threw for 1,729 yards and 16 touchdowns despite missing his top target in Khaaliq Lynch for most of the season. He also did major damage with his legs as he ran for 876 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 5.96 yards-per-carry. For the year he accounted for 81 percent (2,605 of 3,213 yards) of the Olympians' total offense.
"It's good to have balance when you're the quaterback in a spread offense," said Duvigneaud. "In order to deceive the defense you have to be able to throw it and run it well and I was able to have success doing that this season. I think becoming more of a threat running the football this past season really gave me an extra advantage because defense couldn't just key on my passing game.
"We were able to put some points up in the board most every night and without my teammates there's no way we'd be having this conversation. I really had some talented weapons out there."
Duvigneaud achieved the honor despite the fact that Jim Thorpe had just a 1-9 record this past season.
"This honor just tells you a lot about what kind of season Pat had," said Jim Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger. "He's only the second player to ever receive first team all state here at Jim Thorpe. He really was the most prolific dual threat quarterback we've ever had here. He became almost a human highlight reel almost every Friday night. The credit has to go to him, he really put the time in this offseason in order to take his game to the next level. His senior year performance was truly second to none.
"His growth as a man, as well as an athlete, from the beginning of the year until the end was tremendous. He is more that worthy of this all-state selection."