FRISCO, Texas — Sam Houston State claimed four of the six individual awards and had 15 players honored on the All-Southland Conference football team announced Tuesday.
Running back Tim Flanders was named the league’s Player of the Year after helping the BearKats win the league title and compile an 11-0 overall record. The sophomore rushed for 1,094 yards and scored 22 touchdowns.
Others from Sam Houston reaping individual honors were halfback Richard Sincere, Offensive Player of the Year; defensive back Darnell Taylor, Defensive Player of the Year; and Willie Fritz, Coach of the Year.
Others earning individual superlatives were Southeastern Louisiana running back Jordan Wells, Freshman of the Year; and Stephen F. Austin defensive lineman Willie Jefferson, Newcomer of the Year.
Also honored from SLU were first-team wide receiver Simmie Yarborough, named for the third time; second-team offensive lineman Josh Penton and second-team defensive back Robert Alford, a junior from Hammond.
McNeese State had five players honored, all on the first team. Cowboys on offense were running back Andre Anderson and lineman Alex Savoie of Lafayette. Defenders picked were lineman Desmund Lighten, and defensive backs Malcolm Bronson and Darrell Jenkins.
Nicholls State had five players selected, three on the first team and two on the second. Colonels on the first team were defensive back Bobby Felder, punter Cory Kemps and return specialist Chika Madu. Second-teamers were tight end Nick Scelfo, a freshman from Baton Rouge, and running back Marcus Washington.
Northwestern State had two players on the first team and four on the second. Demons on the first team were tight end Justin Aldredge and place-kicker John Shaughnessy. On the second team were offensive lineman Larry Calcote, defensive lineman Ricky Issac, linebacker Derek Rose and defensive back Jamaal White.