Around the Nation (Dec. 20): Matt Fechko of Mount Union named First Team Little All-American

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Mount Union’s Fechko First Team Little All-American

NEW YORK — Mount Union senior defensive lineman Matt Fechko was named to the First Team Associated Press Little American Team on Thursday.

The 6-foot-1, 260-pound Fechko, a former standout at Twinsburg High School, was the lone Mount Union player on the First Team.

Mount Union junior quarterback Kevin Burke was named to the Little American Third Team.

The Purple Raiders face Wisconsin-Whitewater tonight in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va. for the Division III national championship. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

Michigan, Florida to open 2017 season in Texas

Florida and Michigan will open the 2017 season in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.

The prime-time game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2.

It will be Florida’s first regular-season, non-conference game outside the Sunshine State since the Gators lost at Syracuse in 1991.

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley says he “thought it was something that our fans would embrace, our program would embrace.”

Michigan coach Brady Hoke says the game is “a great way to reach our fan base in the south and to continue to expand our recruiting efforts in the state of Texas. Our goal is to have as many Michigan fans at the game as possible.”

Each school will receive 25,000 tickets for the neutral-site game at AT&T Stadium, home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Michigan lost to Alabama at the Cowboys’ stadium to open the 2012 season.

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