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OGDEN, UTAH - Weber State University right offensive tackle DAVID HALE (6-6, 310 Sr. Plain City, Utah / Fremont HS) has been named FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA (Division FCS) by The American Football Coaches Association.
Hale was one of only two players from the Big Sky Conference honored by the association. The other was Montana defensive end Kroy Biermann.
Hale concluded his career at Weber State this season. He earned four varsity letters playing in 42 career games and was a starter in 36 straight games dating back to his first season (2004).
"I am extremely happy for David," said WSU head football coach Ron McBride, "He's been a model student-athlete both in the classroom and on the field. He has tremendous athletic skills but he*s also one of those players who leads by example and is looked up to by the rest of his teammates."
Hale has been part of offensive lines at WSU which have helped Wildcat players become top performers in the Big Sky Conference. His freshman season (2004) WSU running back Nick Chournos led the Big Sky in rushing and became the school's all-time leading ground gainer. The past two seasons Hale and his teammates have made running back Trevyn Smith a two-time First Team All-Big Sky selectee. Smith has led the Big Sky in rushing both in 2006 and 2007.
Hale signed with Weber State in 2001 and sat out the year as a red-shirt. He then left to serve a two-year LDS Church mission to the Dominican Republic returning in the Spring of 2004 to resume his career. He earned Honorable Mention All-Big Sky honors both his freshman and sophomore seasons, and was named First Team All-Big Sky his junior and senior campaigns.
This past June he married former WSU volleyball standout Shelby Walford. Hale is completing a degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement