Durden named HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-American
by Whitley Clifton | January 11, 2019 9:00 am
Last Updated: January 10, 2019 at 11:23 am
Mercer wide receiver David Durden was recently named to the HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-American Team after an impressive rookie season for the Bears.
Durden earned honorable mention accolades as an all-purpose player. The wide receiver and kick returner made an immediate impact at Mercer and finished his freshman season with 637 all-purpose yards (407 receiving, 221 kick return, and 11 passing) and seven total touchdowns.
The Midville native had a break-out month of October, totaling more than 400 all-purpose yards and five total touchdowns in a 3-game span. Durden’s best single-game performance came on the road at Yale on October 13 when he hauled in three passes, including two touchdowns, for 122 yards and added a third touchdown on an 11-yard passing score on a trick play. He followed up the performance the next week against Western Carolina with a school-record 95-yard kick return for a touchdown.
Durden earned Southern Conference All-Freshman Team honors in November. He finished the 2018 season tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions (five) while ranking third in receptions (18) and receiving yards (407).
[Editor’s note: Durden was a standout ECI Bulldog, graduating in 2017.]
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