Fred Argir Named to All-America Team


AMHERST, MA – Amherst College’s Fred Argir ’10 (Lakeville, MN) was named to the All-America Second Team this past weekend for leading the Lord Jeffs to an 8-0 record as a standout defensive back. Argir joins Bowdoin College sophomore wide receiver Pat Noone as the lone All-America honorees from the NESCAC.

Argir is only the third Amherst student-athlete to earn All-America recognition, an honor that was introduced in 1999. Defensive back Brian Daoust ’01 was named to the Third team in 2000, while defensive lineman Pat McGee ’02 received Honorable Mention in 2001.

Argir and Noone (Honorable Mention) become the 19th and 20th NESCAC student-athletes to earn a spot on a All-America Team. Of the previous 18, eight received Honorable Mention, five were named to the Third team and four were named to the Second Team. Scott Farley of Williams is the conference’s only First Team selection (2002).

This is the first national award for Argir, who had already been recognized at the conference and regional levels for his phenomenal senior season. After earning a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team for leading the conference in interceptions (6) and passes defended (14), he was named to the New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team and All-East Region First Team. Argir was also named an ECAC Northeast All-Star.

Argir ranked ninth in Division III in passes defended per game (1.75) and tied for seventh in interceptions per game (0.75), helping the Lord Jeffs finish third in scoring defense (10.38 ppg) and tied for fourth in red zone defense (0.52). His final interception of the season came during the first play of the fourth quarter at Williams and led to a touchdown that gave the Jeffs a 26-14 lead. Argir finished his impressive career with 101 tackles, eight interceptions and 22 passes defended.

The complete 2009 All-America Team can be found on the website.