Mustangs land 22 on All-Lone Star Conference squad
- Lone Star Conference playoff champion Midwestern State placed 22 players on the all-conference squad as released by league officials Thursday morning.
Senior safety Marqui Christian landed a pair of special honors as the J.V. Sikes Defensive Player of the Year to go along with Defensive Back of the Year honors. He also named an All-LSC first-team performer for the third consecutive year.
The Spring native also returned a fumble 63 yards for a touchdown in MSU's 26-21 win over Eastern New Mexico in the LSC Playoff semifinals.
Christian joins Germont Jackson (2001) and Micah Hill (2009) as the third MSU player to earn the LSC's top secondary award.
Senior Daniel Laudermilk earned LSC Linebacker of the Year accolades after leading the Mustangs with 90 tackles this season climbing to seventh on MSU's all-time tackles chart with 252.
The Austin native made 10-or-more tackles in three games this season including the second most in program history for a single game making 20 against Eastern New Mexico on Nov. 7.
Laudermilk, who earns All-LSC first-team honors for the first time in his career, also delivered 18 stops including 2.5 tackles for loss in a 16-13 win over Colorado Mesa earlier this season.
Senior Alfredo Moreno continued the legacy of great line play at MSU becoming the fourth Mustangs to earn LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year honors since the start of the 2010 season joining Amini Silatolu (2010, 2011), Ken Van Huele (2012) and Shadow Stokes (2014).
The first-team All-LSC performer made starts at left tackle, left guard and right guard helping the Mustangs survive a rash of injuries throughout the season.
Vincent Johnson becomes the third Mustang to earn LSC Freshman of the Year honors joining Daniel Polk (2004) and Jimmy Pipkin (2011).
Johnson, who was slowed by injury late in the season, led the MSU rushing attack with 581 yards on 101 carries with six touchdowns highlighted by a 190-yard, two-touchdown performance against West Texas A&M.
Bill Maskill gains a much earned fourth LSC Coach of the Year award. He has posted a winning ledger in each of his 14 seasons at MSU including postseason runs in 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012 and this season.
Maskill also earned LSC Coach of the Year honors in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Midwestern placed seven players on the first team as sophomore tackle John Rowell, senior tight Derek Lockhart, senior defensive Harold Wills and senior cornerback Dominique Rouse join Moreno, Laudermilk and Christian.
Rowell made three starts at right tackle before moving over to the left for the final seven regular season games. The Stafford, Texas native gained honorable mention a season ago.
Lockhart finished regular season play with 15 receptions for 212 yards with touchdowns against Tarleton State and Texas A&M-Commerce. The athletic tight end from San Antonio also pitched in five tackles on special teams.
Wills made 37 tackles while leading defensive linemen with 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. The Gainesville, Texas product turned hero for the Mustangs returning an interception 4 yards for the game winning score in the LSC Playoff championship game against Texas A&M-Commerce.
Rouse turned in an exception year as the field side cornerback for the Mustangs. The Apopka, Fla. native made 47 tackles to go along with two interceptions and an LSC-best 13 pass breakups.
MSU boasted four second-team performers including senior offensive tackle Denzell Dotson, junior wide receiver Statron Jones, senior kicker Andy Alkhazshvilly and senior cornerback Dominique Williams.
Junior offensive guard Joel Onyia, junior center Akoakoa Kennedy, senior wide receiver Arsenio Phillips, sophomore quarterback Hagen Hutchinson, freshman running back Vincent Johnson, junior defensive tackle Darian Childers, junior defensive tackle Edgar Luna, redshirt-freshman defensive end Tyler Massey, junior linebacker Adam Hill, sophomore punter Mitchell Henton and sophomore deep snapper Bobby Joe Nielsen all garnered honorable mention.
As the No. 1 seed in Super Region Four with a 10-1 record, Midwestern State earned a bye into the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs and will face the winner of the Colorado State-Pueblo/Indianapolis game on Nov. 28 at Memorial Stadium.
|J.W. Rollins Offensive Player of the Year|
|Kyle Washington, Angelo State|
|Offensive Back of the Year|
|Richard Cooper, Texas A&M-Commerce|
|Receiver of the Year|
|La'Nard Meyers, Tarleton State|
|Offensive Lineman of the Year|
|Alfredo Moreno, Midwestern State|
|Freshman of the Year|
|Vincent Johnson, Midwestern State|
|J.V. Sykes Defensive Player of the Year|
|Marqui Christian, Midwestern State|
|Defensive Lineman of the Year|
|Clayton Callicutt, Angelo State|
|Linebacker of the Year|
|Daniel Laudermilk, Midwestern State|
|Defensive Back of the Year|
|Marqui Christian, Midwestern State|
|Coach of the Year|
|Bill Maskill, Midwestern State|
|First Team Offense|
|Alfredo Moreno||Midwestern State||OG||Sr.||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|Cody Jurek||Eastern New Mexico||OG||Sr.||Gonzales, Texas|
|Elwood Clement||Texas A&M-Commerce||OT||Sr.||Deptford,N.J.|
|John Rowell||Midwestern State||OT||So.||Stafford, Texas|
|Tyler Hamilton||Angelo State||C||Jr.||San Antonio, Texas|
|Derek Lockhart||Midwestern State||TE||Sr.||San Antonio, Texas|
|Anthony Autry||Texas A&M-Kingsville||WR||Jr.||Atlanta, Ga.|
|Donovan Thompson||Angelo State||WR||So.||Houston, Texas|
|Lance Evans||Texas A&M-Commerce||WR||Jr.||Mansfield, Texas|
|La'Nard Meyers||Tarleton State||WR||Sr.||Gatesville, Texas|
|Kyle Washington||Angelo State||QB||Sr.||Humble, Texas|
|Geremy Aldridge-Mitchell||West Texas A&M||RB||Sr.||Dallas, Texas|
|Richard Cooper||Texas A&M-Commerce||RB||Jr.||Angleton, Texas|
|Kamal Cass||Eastern New Mexico||FB||So.||Clovis, N.M.|
|Blake Barnes||Tarleton State||PK||Sr.||Stephenville, Texas|
|Buck Wilson||Texas A&M-Commerce||RS||So.||Commerce, Texas|
|First Team Defense|
|Alex Tucci||West Texas A&M||DT||Sr.||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.|
|Toni Pulu||Texas A&M-Commerce||DT||Sr.||Provo, Utah|
|Clayton Callicutt||Angelo State||DE||Sr.||Crosby, Texas|
|Harold Wills||Midwestern State||DE||Sr.||Gainesville, Texas|
|Cole Pitts||Texas A&M-Commerce||ILB||Sr.||Alvin, Texas|
|Daniel Laudermilk||Midwestern State||ILB||Sr.||Austin, Texas|
|Elliot Peters||Eastern New Mexico||OLB||Jr.||Pago Pago, American Samoa|
|John Sheehy||West Texas A&M||OLB||Sr.||Leander, Texas|
|Dominique Rouse||Midwestern State||CB||Sr.||Apopka, Fla.|
|Fred Lawrence||Angelo State||CB||So.||Abilene, Texas|
|Marqui Christian||Midwestern State||S||Sr.||Spring, Texas|
|Darian Lindsey||Texas A&M-Commerce||S||Sr.||Walnut, Calif.|
|Hunter Streuling||West Texas A&M||S||So.||Austin, Texas|
|Felipe Parra||West Texas A&M||P||Jr.||Center, Texas|
|Tanner Wilson||Eastern New Mexico||DS||Sr.||Hobbs, N.M.|
|Second Team Offense|
|Jason Osei||Texas A&M-Commerce||OG||Jr.||London, England|
|Quade Huckaba||Angelo State||OG||Jr.||Midland, Texas|
|Bo Villarreal||Texas A&M-Kingsville||OT||Jr.||San Antonio, Texas|
|Denzell Dotson||Midwestern State||OT||Jr.||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|Austin Carson||West Texas A&M||C||Jr.||San Antonio, Texas|
|Torrey Thomas||Texas A&M-Kingsville||TE||Fr.||Katy, Texas|
|Darby Smith||Texas A&M-Commerce||WR||Jr.||Ennis, Texas|
|Xavier Amey||West Texas A&M||WR||Sr.||Sacramento, Calif.|
|Adrian Horton||Eastern New Mexico||WR||Sr.||Midland, Texas|
|Statron Jones||Midwestern State||WR||Jr.||Manor, Texas|
|Harrison Stewart||Texas A&M-Commerce||QB||Sr.||Yucaipa, Calif.|
|Theo Wofford||Texas A&M-Commerce||RB||Sr.||Stockton, Calif.|
|Ryan Byrd||Angelo State||RB||Sr.||Lake Elsinore, Calif.|
|Danny Ramirez||Texas A&M-Kingsville||FB||Jr.||Harlingen, Texas|
|Andy Alkhazshvilly||Midwestern State||PK||Sr.||Mansfield, Texas|
|Jerrian Rhone||West Texas A&M||RS||Sr.||Silsbee, Texas|
|Second Team Defense|
|John Siliga||Angelo State||DT||Sr.||Redlands, Calif.|
|Jeremy Johnson||Angelo State||DT||Sr.||Chicago, Ill.|
|Sione Tupouata||Texas A&M-Kingsville||DE||Jr.||Oakland, Calif.|
|Iosia Iosia||West Texas A&M||DE||Sr.||San Francisco, Calif.|
|Tyree Barton||Texas A&M-Commerce||DE||Sr.||Beaverton, Ore.|
|Lawrence Hall||Eastern New Mexico||ILB||Jr.||Sacramento, Calif.|
|Charles Woods||Texas A&M-Commerce||ILB||Sr.||Humble, Texas|
|Davarus Shores||Texas A&M-Commerce||OLB||Sr.||Mesquite, Texas|
|Brandon Moore||Tarleton State||OLB||Sr.||Carrollton, Texas|
|De'Aundre Sanders||Eastern New Mexico||CB||Jr.||Long Beach, Calif.|
|Demarlon Morris||Texas A&M-Commerce||CB||Sr.||Chicago, Ill.|
|Dominique Williams||Midwestern State||CB||Sr.||Houston, Texas|
|RaShawn Dawson||West Texas A&M||CB||Jr.||Vance, S.C.|
|Lamont Hills||Texas A&M-Kingsville||S||Sr.||San Antonio, Texas|
|Ibrahim Maiga||Eastern New Mexico||S||Sr.||Socorro, N.M.|
|Davontae Merriweather||West Texas A&M||S||Jr.||Palmdale, Calif.|
|Timothy Callian||Eastern New Mexico||P||Sr.||Irvine, Calif.|
|Cameron Rogers||Texas A&M-Commerce||DS||Jr.||San Antonio, Texas|
|Honorable Mention from Midwestern State|
|Joel Onyia||Midwestern State||OG||Jr.||Dallas, Texas|
|Akoakoa Kennedy||Midwestern State||C||Jr.||Hilo, Hawaii|
|Arsenio Phillips||Midwestern State||WR||Sr.||New Orleans, La.|
|Hagen Hutchinson||Midwestern State||QB||So.||Stamford, Texas|
|Vincent Johnson||Midwestern State||RB||Fr.||Lubbock, Texas|
|Darian Childers||Midwestern State||DT||Jr.||Killeen, Texas|
|Edgar Luna||Midwestern State||DT||Jr.||Cameron, Texas|
|Tyler Massey||Midwestern State||DE||Fr-RS||Magnolia, Texas|
|Adam Hill||Midwestern State||ILB||Jr.||Cedar Park, Texas|
|Mitchell Henton||Midwestern State||P||So.||Dallas, Texas|
|Bobby Joe Nielsen||Midwestern State||DS||So.||Lampasas, Texas|