'Jacks Well Represented on All-SLC Teams
Nov. 26, 2002
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Nine members of the Lumberjack football team have been named to the 2002 All-Southland Conference football team. Three earned first team All-SLC honors, while six others were named to the second team unit. Four others earned honorable mention honors, bringing to 13 the total number of SFA athletes honored in a vote of conference head coaches.
Port Arthur freshman running back Tony Tompkins was voted the Freshman of the Year in the conference and also earned second team all-conference honors at running back. Tompkins ended his freshman year with 688 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. He also caught two touchdown passes and scored another touchdown on a punt return. Tompkins was second in the SLC with his 13 total touchdowns.
Senior Anthony Dingle earned first team All-SLC honors in 2002 after leading SFA with 42 receptions for 573 yards and five touchdowns. It marks the second straight season Dingle has earned first team All-Southland Conference honors. Dingle was second in the SLC in both receptions per game and receiving yardage per game for the year.
Greg Barnum, a senior from Killeen, was also named to the first team offensive unit at center. Barnum lived up the preseason billing as one of the top centers in the nation and helped SFA?s offensive line improve tremendously. The 'Jacks allowed only 12 sacks in 2002, down from 38 sacks allowed in 2001. The team also improved its rushing totals by 44 percent, from 92.0 yards per game in 2001, to 166.0 yards per game in 2002.
Jasper junior Brent Hafford was the only member of the Lumberjack defensive unit to earn first team honors after leading the team with 113 tackles and leading the Southland Conference with 16 passes defended. Hafford finished the year as the leading tackler in Southland Conference play, averaging just over nine tackles per game in SLC games.
Joining Tompkins on the second team offensive unit were Lufkin senior, Courtnee Garcia and Kemp junior, David Phillips. Garcia was the team?s second leading receiver with 36 catches for 613 yards and one touchdown. Phillips was an academic All-SLC selection in 2001 and is a strong candidate to repeat that honor in 2002.
Three more Lumberjacks earned second team All-SLC honors defensively with linebacker Aubrey Brisendine leading the way. Brisendine finished 2002 as SFA's second leading tackler with 86 total tackles and also led the team with 13 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The Nederland senior also intercepted one pass, forced a fumble and added four pass break-ups.
Austin senior Walker Molinare was also named to the second team defensive unit after finishing the year with 35 tackles and five tackles for a loss. Molinare was one of the SLC?s leading tacklers among defensive linemen.
Braxton O'Banion was named to the second team unit after finishing the year with 12 passes defended. The Houston senior was second in the category in conference games with nine passes broken up in conference games.
Four other Lumberjacks were named honorable mention All-Southland Conference. Zeke Dixon, a freshman from Westlake, La. garnered votes after starting the final four games of 2002. Joining Dixon were linebacker Michael Adams, running back Gary Allen and cornerback Jamaal Cato.
First Team Offense POS NAME UNIVERSITY HT. WT. CL. HOMETOWN QB Josh Son Nicholls State 6-2 205 Jr. Baton Rouge, La. RB Vick King McNeese State 5-11 194 Jr. Cutoff, La. RB Derrick Johnese Northwestern St. 5-10 215 So. Baton Rouge, La. FB Luke Lawton McNeese State 6-0 236 Jr. Lafayette, La. WR Jermaine Martin McNeese State 5-6 147 Sr. Lafayette, La. WR Anthony Dingle Stephen F. Austin 5-11 195 Sr. Tyler, Texas TE Jeff Hamilton McNeese State 6-4 235 Sr. Westlake, La. OL Jason Davis McNeese State 6-0 319 Sr. Lake Charles, La. OL Greg Barnum Stephen F. Austin 6-1 302 Sr. Killeen, Texas OL Deon White Jacksonville State 6-3 330 Sr. Birmingham, Ala. OL Dwight Hudler McNeese State 6-2 277 Jr. Mesquite, Texas OL Matt Deroche Nicholls State 6-6 305 Sr. Houma, La. PK John Marino McNeese State 5-9 198 So. Covington, La. First Team Defense DL Roy Locks Northwestern St. 5-11 240 Sr. Orange, Texas DL B.J. McNutt McNeese State 6-4 290 Sr. Houston, Texas DL John Paul Jones McNeese State 6-3 300 Fr. Carencro, La. DL Ahmad Willis Northwestern St. 6-1 262 Sr. Quitman, Texas LB Roderick Royal McNeese State 6-1 241 Jr. Baton Rouge, La. LB Ryan Garrison McNeese State 6-1 230 Jr. Franklin, La. LB Kurt Rodriguez Northwestern St. 6-2 238 Sr. New Orleans, La. CB Keith Smith McNeese State 6-0 185 Jr. Leesville, La. CB Chris Thompson Nicholls State 6-0 190 Jr. New Orleans, La. S Hadley Prince McNeese State 5-9 195 Sr. Sulphur, La. S Brent Hafford Stephen F. Austin 6-0 175 Jr. Jasper, Texas P Richie Rhodes Jacksonville State 6-0 208 So. Alexander City, Ala RS LeJuan Walker Nicholls State 5-8 170 So. Tallahassee, Fla. Second Team Offense QB Scott Pendarvis McNeese State 6-3 219 So. Walker, La. RB Lee Davis Southwest Texas 5-10 190 Sr. East Bernard, Texas RB Tony Tompkins Stephen F. Austin 5-8 165 Fr. Port Arthur, Texas FB Colt Colletti Nicholls State 5-9 215 So. River Ridge, La. WR Jason Mathenia Sam Houston St. 6-1 193 So. Copperas Cove, Texas WR Courtnee Garcia Stephen F. Austin 5-9 160 Sr. Lufkin, Texas TE Jason Glover S outhwest Texas 6-3 240 So. Sherman, Texas OL Billy Williams Sam Houston St. 6-3 340 Sr. Marshall, Texas OL Chase Denton Sam Houston St. 6-6 318 Sr. Houston, Texas OL Greg Buckley Northwestern St. 6-3 279 So. Lewisville, Texas OL David Phillips Stephen F. Austin 6-5 305 Jr. Kemp, Texas OL Ken McKoy Southwest Texas 6-5 365 So. Killeen, Texas PK Joey Price Sam Houston St. 5-8 190 So. Port Neches, Texas Second Team Defense DL Kelvin Randall Sam Houston St. 6-2 260 Sr. Alief, Texas DL Burnell Taylor Nicholls State 6-2 285 Sr. New Orleans, La. DL Germaine Hoyt Jacksonville State 6-2 277 Sr. Gadsden, Ala. DL Walker Molinar Stephen F. Austin 6-3 240 Sr. Austin, Texas LB Greg Pitts Southwest Texas 6-4 230 Sr. Lockhart, Texas LB Germond Williams Northwestern St. 6-0 213 Sr. Reserve, La. LB Aubrey Brisendine Stephen F. Austin 6-0 230 Sr. Nederland, Texas CB Markee Coleman Jacksonville State 5-11 192 Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala. CB Braxton O'Banion Stephen F. Austin 5-11 180 Sr. Houston, Texas S Rod Gulley McNeese State 6-2 190 Jr. Newton, Texas S DeJuan Davis Sam Houston St. 5-9 195 Jr. Italy, Texas P John Manly Nicholls State 6-2 180 Jr. Shake Heights, Ohio RS B.J. Sams McNeese State 5-10 168 Jr. Mandeville, La.