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SU roundup: Jacoby among Pro Football's Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Shenandoah University assistant football coach Joe Jacoby has been announced as a semifinalist for the NFL Hall of Fame in a list released recently by the league.

Jacoby, who just completed his fifth season on the Hornets staff, is one of 27 semifinalists culled from a list of 127 preliminary nominees.

Jacoby starred from 1981 to 1993 with the Washington Redskins as an original member of the famed "Hogs" offensive line. He earned four consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl from 1983 through 1986 and helped the Redskins to Super Bowl championships in 1983, 1988 and 1992.

In his career, Jacoby played in 170 games, scored one touchdown and was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 1980s in addition to earning those four Pro Bowl selections.

Jacoby previously has been selected for the Hall of Fame at his alma mater, the University of Louisville, and by the Kentucky chapter of the NFL Retired Players Association.

The NFL will announce its 2013 Hall of Fame class in early February.

Women's field hockey

The Shenandoah women's field hockey team had two players earn All-State honors in selections announced Thursday by the Virginia State Sports Information Directors.

Senior Amber VanHorn was named first team All-State as a defender, while freshman Alexandra Darrow earned second-team honors as well as being named as the state Rookie of the Year.

These honors are identical to the honors both women earned in the ODAC this fall.

Darrow, from Chesapeake, led Shenandoah is scoring with 10 goals and 17 assists for 37 points. She finished sixth in the nation in assists per game and was named as the ODAC Player of the Week once.

VanHorn adds the all-state honor after anchoring the SU defense to a 1.81 goals against average this season.

Playing at the point on penalty corners, VanHorn had nine goals and two assists for 20 points. Three of her goals were game winners, she earned ODAC Player of the Week accolades one time and she grabbed ODAC All-Tournament honors as well.

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