COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- This season’s NJCAA football leaders in passing yards and tackles for loss have been selected as the 2008 NJCAA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
Blinn College (Texas) sophomore quarterback Terrance Cain has been awarded Offensive Player of the Year, while Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) sophomore defensive lineman Eugene Kinlaw received Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The 2008 season marks the 19th consecutive year that the NJCAA, in conjunction with the NJCAA Football Coaches Association, has selected a player of the year. Since 2000, an award has been given to both an offensive and defensive player.
Quarterback (6’2”, 192 lbs.)
Blinn College (Texas)
A native of Houston, Texas, Cain made a name for himself in 2007 when he set a new NJCAA record by completing 71.1 percent of his passes. He earned Honorable Mention All-American accolades as a freshman and entered the 2008 season as a First-Team Pre-Season All-American.
In 2008 Cain led the NJCAA in passing yards (3,138), completions (223), and touchdowns (29). He also ranked second in completion percentage (68.4%) and was awarded NJCAA First-Team All-American honors.
The Southwest JC Football Conference Player of the Year also ranked second in the nation in total offense with 3,306 yards and accounted for 33 touchdowns for the Buccaneers.
Cain is the first player from Blinn to receive this award and his selection marks the second straight year in which a player from the SWJCFC has been named Offensive Player of the Year (Jocques Crawford, Cisco Junior College, 2007).
Behind Cain’s leadership the Bucs went 9-3 this season, including an upset of then No. 1 Navarro College (Texas) in the SWJCFC title game, and an appearance in the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl.
For his career at Blinn, Cain threw for 5,313 yards, 51 touchdowns and just 22 interceptions. He also completed over 70 percent of his pass attempts (418-of-590).
Cain has announced that he will continue his collegiate playing career at the University of Utah.
Defensive Line (6’2”, 294 lbs.)
Hutchinson Community College (Kan.)
Kinlaw, a native of Homerville, Ga., was a nightmare for offensive coordinators in the Kansas Jayhawk league this season. The sophomore racked up 65 tackles this year from his defensive line position and set a new Hutchinson school record by leading the NJCAA with an amazing 44 tackles for loss.
He also finished with 11 sacks, which ranked 10th in the NJCAA, and forced four fumbles. Kinlaw led a Blue Dragon defense that allowed just 74.8 rushing yards a game, ranking sixth in the nation.
He is just the second defensive lineman to receive the award (Dustin Looman, Rochester, Minn.) since its inception in 2000 and his selection marks the third consecutive season the honor has been awarded to a player from Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (Markus White, Butler, 2007 and Austin Panter, Butler, 2006).
He is also the first player in HCC history to receive the award.
Kinlaw was named Region 6 Defensive Player of the Year after helping lead Hutchinson to a second place standing in the KJCCC and a runner-up finish in the Region 6 playoffs, falling short against eventual national champion Butler Community College (Kan.).
He finished his Blue Dragon career with 88 tackles, 49 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.
Kinlaw was named both a NJCAA and JC Gridwire First-Team All-American and has committed to play his next two years at Troy University.
Previous NJCAA Players of the Year Selections
Year Player Pos. College, State
1990 John Kaleo QB Montgomery College, Md.
1991 Kalin Hall RB Dixie State College of Utah
1992 Russell Evans QB Northwest Mississippi Community College
1993 Roger Cook QB Dixie State College of Utah
1994 Chris Windsor QB Garden City Community College, Kan.
1995 Fred Taylor QB Hinds Community College, Miss.
1996 Rodrick Johnson RB Dixie State College of Utah
1997 Frank Murphy RB Garden City Community College, Kan.
1998 Terrance Williams RB Hinds Community College, Miss.
1999 Rudi Johnson RB Butler County Community College, Kan.
2000 Marc Dunn QB Ricks College, Idaho
Dustin Looman DL Rochester Community & Technical College, Minn.
2001 Rashad Armstrong RB Mesa Community College, Ariz.
Randy Jackson DE Georgia Military College
2002 Kelvin Hayden WR Joliet Junior College, Ill.
Jamaal Jackson DB Northwest Mississippi Community College
2003 Emmanuel Marc RB Hudson Valley Community College, N.Y.
Larry Kendrick DB Pearl River Community College, Miss.
2004 Jimmy Oliver QB Pearl River Community College, Miss.
Mickey Pimental LB Pima Community College, Ariz.
2005 Jimmy Oliver QB Pearl River Community College, Miss.
Jonathon Batson FS Cisco Junior College, Texas
2006 Cade Cooper QB Snow College, Utah
Austin Panter LB Butler Community College, Kan.
2007 Jocques Crawford RB Cisco Junior College, Texas
Markus White DE Butler Community College, Kan.
2008 Terrance Cain QB Blinn College, Texas.
Eugene Kinlaw DL Hutchinson Community College, Kan.