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Bearkats dominate All-Southland Football Team
Courtesy: GoBearkats.com
Release: 11/20/2012
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Sam Houston State's 2012 Southland Conference championship team produced 21 players who have earned spots on the all-league honor squad.

Those awards include both "Player of the Year" recognition for running back Timothy Flanders and "Defensive Player of the Year" Darnell Taylor. Darnell and his twin brother Darius also become the first pair of twins at Sam Houston to earn all-conference recognition together.

The Bearkats' list of All-Southland players after an 8-3 overall regular season and 6-1 march to a second consecutive league title include 10 first team selections, six second team honorees and six honorable mention players.

First team offense All-Southland players from Sam Houston include Flanders, tight end T. J. Jones, offensive linemen Kaleb Hopson and Chris Rogers and all-purpose back Richard Sincere.

First team defense Bearkats are defensive lineman J. T. Cleveland, lineback Darius Taylor, defensive backs Darnell Taylor and Dax Swanson and punter Matt Foster.

Second team all-conference Kats include quarterback Brian Bell, wide receiver Trey Diller, defensive lineman Gary Lorance and defensive backs Kenneth Jenkins and Bookie Sneed. Diller also received second team recognition as kick return specialist.

Receiving All-Southland honorable mention were running back Keshawn Hill, offensive linemen Donald Jackson and Riley Smith, defensive lineman Jarrett Brown, linebacker Jesse Beauchamp, defensive back Robert Shaw and place kicker Miguel Antonio.

Flanders and Darnell Taylor both earned their "Player of the Year" recognition for the second consecutive seasons. Flanders, Jenkins and Cleveland are three-time All-Southland selections.

Darnell Taylor, Hopson, Sincere, Swanson, Foster, Bell and Sneed each are in their second consecutive year as All-Southland honorees.

Sam Houston State will face Cal Poly in the second round of the NCAA Division I football championship Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium.

Complete ticket information is available on www.gobearkats.com. The SHSU athletic ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The telephone number is (936) 294-1729.

2012 All-Southland Conference Football Team

First-Team Offense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

QB

Wynrick Smothers

Central Arkansas

6-1

208

Jr.

RB

Timothy Flanders

Sam Houston State

5-9

210

Jr.

RB

Gus Johnson

Stephen F. Austin

5-10

215

So.

TE

T.J. Jones

Sam Houston State

6-3

245

Sr.

WR

Cordell Roberson

Stephen F. Austin

6-3

215

Sr.

WR

Jesse Grandy

Central Arkansas

5-11

165

Sr.

WR

Dominque Croom

Central Arkansas

6-1

193

Sr.

OL

Corey Howard

Central Arkansas

6-1

290

Sr.

OL

Kaleb Hopson

Sam Houston State

6-6

300

Sr.

OL

John Steel

Stephen F. Austin

6-5

295

Sr.

OL

Arinze Agada

McNeese State

6-1

286

Jr.

OL

Chris Rogers

Sam Houston State

5-11

270

Sr.

AP

Richard Sincere

Sam Houston State

5-10

180

Jr.

PK

Eddie Camara

Central Arkansas

5-9

168

So.

First-Team Defense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

DL

Willie Jefferson

Stephen F. Austin

6-6

234

Sr.

DL

J.T. Cleveland

Sam Houston State

6-0

290

Sr.

DL

Jonathan Woodard

Central Arkansas

6-5

251

Fr.

DL

Darren Robinson

Stephen F. Austin

5-11

247

So.

LB

Darius Taylor

Sam Houston State

6-0

240

Sr.

LB

Seth Allison

Central Arkansas

5-11

195

Sr.

LB

Derek Rose

Northwestern State

5-11

229

Sr.

DB

Darnell Taylor

Sam Houston State

6-0

195

Sr.

DB

Robert Alford

Southeastern La.

6-0

185

Sr.

DB

Dax Swanson

Sam Houston State

5-11

185

Sr.

DB

Josh Aubrey

Stephen F. Austin

5-11

202

Sr.

DB

Jestin Love

Central Arkansas

6-0

208

Jr.

P

Matt Foster

Sam Houston State

6-6

195

Sr.

KR

Jesse Grandy

Central Arkansas

5-11

165

Sr.

Second-Team Offense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

QB

Brian Bell

Sam Houston State

6-2

175

Jr.

RB

Marcus Wiltz

McNeese State

5-9

192

Jr.

RB

Jackie Hinton

Central Arkansas

5-10

210

Sr.

TE/HB

Nick Scelfo

Nicholls State

6-4

235

So.

WR

Trey Diller

Sam Houston State

6-2

200

Sr.

WR

Darius Carey

McNeese State

6-0

184

Sr.

WR

D.J. Ward

Stephen F. Austin

5-11

180

Fr.

OL

Alec Savoie

McNeese State

6-7

309

Sr.

OL

Gasten Gabriel

Southeastern La.

6-5

310

Jr.

OL

Taylor Johnson

McNeese State

6-4

290

Sr.

OL

Cole Caruthers

Central Arkansas

6-4

284

So.

OL

Sean Robertson

Lamar

6-1

270

Sr.

AP

Xavier Roberson

Southeastern La.

5-9

170

Fr.

PK

John Shaughnessy

Northwestern State

5-11

181

Sr.

Second-Team Defense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

DL

Matt Hornbuckle

Central Arkansas

6-2

281

Jr.

DL

Gary Lorance

Sam Houston State

6-0

290

Jr.

DL

Jesse Dickson

Lamar

6-3

265

Jr.

DL

Everett Ellefsen

McNeese State

6-3

230

So.

LB

Jordan Piper

Nicholls State

5-10

242

Sr.

LB

Devan Walker

Southeastern La.

6-3

240

Sr.

LB

Joe Narcisse

McNeese State

5-11

222

Sr.

DB

Terence Cahee

McNeese State

5-9

190

Jr.

DB

Kenneth Jenkins

Sam Houston State

5-10

195

Sr.

DB

Bookie Sneed

Sam Houston State

6-0

180

Jr.

DB

Jamaal White

Northwestern State

6-0

192

Sr.

DB

Cortez Paige

Northwestern State

6-1

181

Sr.

P

Beau Mothe

Southeastern La.

6-3

210

Sr.

KR

Trey Diller

Sam Houston State

6-2

200

Sr.

PR

Darius Carey

McNeese State

6-0

184

Sr.

2012 Southland Conference Individual Superlatives

Player of the Year: Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State

Offensive Player of the Year: Wynrick Smothers, Central Arkansas

Defensive Player of the Year: Darnell Taylor, Sam Houston State

Offensive Lineman of the Year: Corey Howard, Central Arkansas

Freshman of the Year: Jonathan Woodard, Central Arkansas

Newcomer of the Year: Kevin Johnson, Lamar

Coach of the Year: Clint Conque, Central Arkansas

Honorable Mention:

Quarterback: Brady Attaway, Stephen F. Austin. Running Back: Marcus Washington, Nicholls State; Keshawn Hill, Sam Houston State. Tight End/H-Back: Mike Brooks, Stephen F. Austin; Jeremy Meyers, Southeastern Louisiana; Corey Simmons, Northwestern State; Chase Dixon, Central Arkansas. Wide Receiver: Kevin Johnson, Lamar; Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas; Louis Hollier, Northwestern State; Erik Buchanan, Nicholls State; Tony McCrea, Southeastern Louisiana. Offensive Linemen: Warren Jones, Northwestern State; Austin Wright, Stephen F. Austin; Abasi Salimu, Nicholls State; Donald Jackson, Sam Houston State; Andrew Ratliff, Stephen F. Austin; Riley Smith, Sam Houston State; Jonathan Landry, McNeese State; Carson Chaisson, McNeese State. Offensive All-Purpose: Phillip Harvey, Northwestern State; Ryan Gambel, Stephen F. Austin. Defensive Linemen: Lesley Deamer, Northwestern State; Pat Williams, McNeese State; Tremaine Lucas, Southeastern Louisiana; Jarrett Brown, Sam Houston State; Ryan Chambers, Stephen F. Austin; John Prescott, Lamar; Wade Williams, Northwestern State. Linebacker: Ryan Epperson, Stephen F. Austin; Justin Heard, Central Arkansas; Jermaine Longino, Lamar; Marcus Malbrough, Lamar; Kerry Guidry, Nicholls State; Patrick Black, Northwestern State; Robert Shaw, Sam Houston State; Jesse Beauchamp, Sam Houston State; Collin Garrett, Stephen F. Austin. Defensive Back: Branden Thomas, Lamar; Guy Morgan; McNeese State; Ford Smesny, McNeese State; Chad Allen, Lamar; Caleb Nelson, Stephen F. Austin; Tyler Stoddard, Southeastern Louisiana; Dillon Winfrey, Central Arkansas; Todd Washington, Southeastern Louisiana. Placekicker: Miguel Antonio, Sam Houston State; Jordan Wiggs, Stephen F. Austin. Punter: Cory Kemps, Nicholls State. Kick Return Specialist: Kevin Johnson, Lamar; Phillip Harvey, Northwestern State.

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