MSU Football Cleans Up in LSC Awards

Midwestern State dominated the Lone Star Conference postseason awards released Thursday afternoon by league officials.
The LSC champion Mustangs placed nine players on the first-team, 11 players on the second team and claimed numerous special honors.
Junior quarterback Brandon Kelsey was named Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation's top offensive attack which averages 548.2 yards and 50.4 points per game.
The Arlington native led the conference and ranked sixth nationally with a 162.00 pass efficiency while throwing for 1,868 yards and 16 touchdowns, but was even more effective using his legs.
The Harlon Hill candidate closed the regular season with 902 rushing yards on 96 carries with 11 touchdowns for a staggering 10.1 yards per carry average.
Senior wide receiver David Little was named Receiver of the Year after posting 55 receptions for 729 yards with six touchdowns.
The Monroe, La. native became the school's receptions leader midway through the season and is second on MSU's all-time reception yards list amassing 166 catches for 2,205 yards in his four seasons at Midwestern.
Senior left tackle Amini Silatolu anchors the best offensive line in school history. The 6-3, 310-pounder from Tracy, Calif. was unanimous preseason All American coming into the season after earning first-team AFCA Division II Coaches All America honors last season.
Silatolu has helped pave the way for the nation's No. 2 rushing attack (327.2 yards per game) as MSU has allowed just eight sacks this season.
Jimmy Pipkin garnered LSC Freshman of the Year honors after delivering an explosive campaign after making the move from wide receiver to running back prior to the season.
The Dallas native ranks third on the team with 655 yards on 53 attempts for a 12.6 per carry average. Pipkin has delivered touchdown runs of 87 yards against Texas A&M-Commerce and 83 yards against Tarleton State to account for two of his seven rushing touchdowns this season.
Bill Maskill was named LSC Coach of the Year of the second time in 10-year tenure at MSU also earning the accolade in 2009. He tops the school's all-time list with 79 wins while posting winning ledgers in each of his 10 campaigns.
The Mustangs placed six offensive players on the first team as sophomore running back Keidrick Jackson (126-860, 17 TD), junior guard Ken Van Heule and senior guard Hank Gilley joined Kelsey, Little and Silatolu.
Midwestern boasted three first-team defensive standouts including senior linebacker Jeremy "Trick" Smith, junior safety Pat Gardner and senior deep snapper Randall Arbuckle.
MSU notched seven more second-team offensive spots including senior running back Lester Bush, Pipkin, senior wide receiver Edgard Theliar, senior wide receiver Sheldon Galloway, junior center Justen Tyler, sophomore tackle Bryan Keith and sophomore place kicker Greg Saladino.
Senior defensive end Kevin Birdow, redshirt-freshman linebacker Donald Napoleon, senior cornerback Romie Blaylock and sophomore cornerback Neiko Conway were named second-team defenders.
Mustangs gaining honorable mention included freshman tight end Mark Strange, senior defensive tackle Mack Lafaele, senior defensive tackle Paul Gonzalez, senior defensive end Tim McGill, senior linebacker Ty Duncan, junior linebacker Matt Ellerbrock, senior safety Tyler Maner and junior safety Bernard Griffin.
Midwestern State completed the first unbeaten season in school history at 10-0 to earn an opening round bye in the 2011 NCAA Division II playoffs.
The Mustangs take on the winner of this weekend's Northwest Missouri/Missouri Western tilt in the second round on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.

Manger Named to LSC All-Academic Team

Midwestern State's Tyler Maner was named to the Lone Star Conference All-Academic Team Thursday when league officials announced annual postseason honors.
The senior defensive back from Fredericksburg, Texas boasts a 3.84 grade-point average as finance major.
Maner is a major contributor for the No. 2-ranked Mustangs in the secondary. His 44 tackles ranks second for the Lone Star Conference champions.
Maner, who also earned all-league honorable mention on Thursday, claimed Capital One Academic All-District 4 acclaim earlier this month. He also was named to the LSC All-Academic team in 2009.
The All-Academic team is chosen by the league's sports information directors, who select the players on the basis of both athletic and academic achievement.
To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must have played in at least 50 percent of teams' contests, reached sophomore athletic and academic standing, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average based on the 4.0 system for her entire collegiate career.
League officials, however, prohibit the release of individual student-athlete's grade-point averages.