Five players from the 2011 team were announced as All-Americans by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) today. Offensive lineman Armondo Alverez was named to the NJCAA All-American First Team, while running back Marion Grice and kicker Kurt Walker were selected to the second team. Defensive lineman John Gandy and defensive back Jeremy Baltazar received honorable mention.
Alvarez, a redshirt sophomore from Houston North Shore, was a key component in an offensive line that led the Bucs to an average of 513 yards of offense per game, which ranked second in the nation.
Grice, a sophomore from Aldine Nimitz, carried the ball 174 times for 1,052 yards and 16 touchdowns, good for eighth in the country. He also added 171 yards and two touchdowns on 14 catches out of the backfield. This was his second consecutive year as a first team all-conference selection.
Walker, a freshman from Hebron, finished second in the nation with 67 kicks made in 68 attempts. He finished the season 8-9 in field goals, including a NJCAA best 56 yarder in week four.
Gandy, a redshirt sophomore from Cy-Ridge, led the defensive line with 33 tackles (17 solo) and two sacks.
Baltazar, a sophomore from Timberview, finished the season with 33 tackles (19 solo) from the cornerback position.
The Bucs finished the season 9-2, their fourth year with nine or more wins in the past six seasons.
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