Daktronics All-Super Region 4 Football Team Announced
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Washburn's Zach Watkins and Midwestern State's Zack Eskridge claimed top honors on the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Super Region 4 team as announced Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Watkins, a senior linebacker from Independence, Mo., garnered defensive player of the year status and was named to the team for the fourth-straight season. He is a two-time first-team selection (2008 and 2009) after earning second-team acclaim as a freshman and sophomore in 2006 and 2007.
The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year led the conference with 108 tackles this season.
Eskridge, a 2009 Harlon Hill finalist, gained top offensive honors after leading NCAA Division II with a 180.2 pass efficiency rating for Lone Star Conference tri-champion Midwestern State.
Eskridge completed 71.3 percent of his passes for a school-record 3,295 yards. The junior signal caller connected for 29 touchdowns and threw six interceptions.
Midwestern State senior wide receiver Andy Tanner, who set school records with 75 receptions for 1,186 yards and 12 touchdowns, and senior center Lance Calloway joined Eskridge on the first team as the Mustangs joined MIAA champion Northwest Missouri State with three first-team offensive selections.
The dynamic duo of senior running back LaRon Council, who rushed for 1,289 yards and 19 touchdowns as a Harlon Hill finalist, and sophomore wideout Jake Soy, who accounted for 67 catches for 1,266 yards and 22 TDs, joined Willie Upshaw Finalist Brett Grozinger as first-team offensive performer for Northwest Missouri.
Abilene Christian's Tony Washington, who is the other finalist for the Upshaw award, joins Calloway and Grozinger as first-team member on the offensive line alongside West Texas A&M senior J'Marcus Webb and Texas A&M-Kingsville senior Markeith Wesley.
Nebraska-Omaha's Mike Higgins (43 catches for 770 yards and nine TDs) is the first-team tight end, while Texas A&M-Kingsville junior Fred Winborn (1,335 rushing yards, 17 TDs) is the other running back.
Special teams’ honors went to senior return specialist Jerome Hewitt of Southeastern Oklahoma and senior place kicker Garrett Lindholm of Tarleton State.
Northwest Missouri led the first-team defensive selections with two as senior safety Myles Burnsides, the 2008 Ron Lenz Daktronics Defensive Player of the Year, and sophomore linebacker Chad Kilgore earned honors for the Bearcats.
Tarleton State sophomore Marcus Phillips and Central Washington senior Buddy Wood joined Watkins and Kilgore at linebacker, while Central Oklahoma sophomore Giorgio Durham was the other first-team safety.
Abilene Christian sophomore Aston Whiteside is now a two-time first team selection on the defensive line and is joined by Texas A&M-Commerce senior William Green and Angelo State sophomore Calvin Fance.
Midwestern State senior Micah Hill and Eastern New Mexico junior Rodney Mitchell topped the cornerback ballot, while Dixie State junior Mike Langston was named the top punter.
The team, which is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems, is voted on by member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Offensive Player of the Year - Zack Eskridge, MSU
QB - Zack Eskridge, MSU
RB - Fred Winborn, TAMK
WR - Andy Tanner, MSU
OL - Tony Washington, ACU
OL - Lance Calloway, MSU
OL - J'Marcus Webb, WTAM
OL - Markeith Wesley, TAMK
RS - Jerome Hewitt, SOSU
K - Garrett Lindholm, TSU
DL - Aston Whiteside, ACU
DL - William Green, TAMC
DL - Calvin Fance, ASU
LB - Marcus Phillips, TSU
DB - Giorgio Durham, UCO
DB - Micah Hill, MSU
DB - Rodney Mitchell, ENMU
RB - Keithon Flemming, WTAM
TE - JJ Ford, MSU
OL - R J Brisbon, TAMC
OL - Jorge Guerra, TAMK
DL - Eugene Sims, WTAM
LB - Nathan Uland, ENMU
LB - Fred Thompson, ACU
LB - Kevin Washington, ACU
LB - Bryan Braman, WTAM
DB - Tony Harp, ACU
DB - Tae Evans, WTAM
P - Kyle Hopf, TSU
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“They’re a very talented football team,” Behrns said. “And preparing for them confirms more than ever for us the reason we wanted to play in this game. We know now what you’ve got to do to get through the (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association), with Northwest Missouri State as the benchmark. And if we ever want to get beyond that, we’d also have to go through the Lone Star (Conference).”
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PETERSBURG, Va. – Three Southwestern Oklahoma State University football players have been selected to play in the 2009 East Coast Bowl Game, a contest designed for NCAA Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA draft eligible seniors who have excelled at their respective program.
Wide receiver Johnathan Haggerty, tight end Joe Sawyer and cornerback Jeff Lemon have all accepted invitations to play in the all-star game that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28 in Petersburg, Virginia. A number of professional scouts will be on hand to observe practice and testing of the players when they arrive to town on Wednesday. Last year, 19 players who participated in the game signed NFL contracts.
Haggerty, a native of Dallas, Texas, ended 2009 with a school-record 54 catches while totaling 748 yards and six touchdowns. He ended his career as SWOSU’s all-time leader in a number of categories including most receptions (173), yards (2,726) and touchdowns (23). He caught passes for over 100 yards or more in six career games, including his last one when he caught 11 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown against LSC North champ Texas A&M-Commerce.
Sawyer, from Ogden, Utah, again finished among the top tight ends in the conference catching 36 passes for 343 yards and one touchdown. A transfer from Snow Junior College, Sawyer caught 86 passes for 862 yards and six touchdowns in his two-year career with the Bulldogs.
Lemon, a native of Columbus, Ga., played two seasons for SWOSU after transferring from the College of Dupage. He led the Bulldogs in interceptions each year and finished with eight in his career, including five as a junior. He finished with 61 career tackles while starting in 20 of 22 games.
The East Coast Bowl game has quickly become a Thanksgiving tradition in Petersburg area and will be played at Historic Cameron Field. The selection committee gathered nominations from schools in just about all 50 states, which eventually was narrowed down to the top 75 Division I-FCS, II, III and NAIA athletes. Players will report to Petersburg the day before Thanksgiving and spend the holiday doing various community visits as well as practice sessions for NFL scouts. The game itself is set-up as a scholarship event, with all of the revenue generated going into a fund for a local high school senior who plans on attending a Division I-FCS, II or III college.
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Jermelle Cudjo - UCO
Johnathan Haggerty - SWO
Matt Hanson - MSU
Jeffrey Lemon - SWO
Jeremy Palmoore - UCO
Joe Sawyer - SWO
Andy Tanner - MSU
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