All-Southland Conference Bearkats

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Highlighted by running back Timothy Flanders and cornerback Bookie Sneed, who now stand as the third and fourth Bearkats to earn All-Southland honors four years in a row, 16 Sam Houston players have been named to the 2013 all-league football team.

The Bearkats placed five players on the first team and five on the second. Six Kats were honorable mention selections.

Flanders, a senior from Midwest City, Oklahoma, has added another first to his amazing career at Sam Houston State. The running back is the first Bearkat to earn All-Southland first team honors each of his years wearing orange and white.

Flanders is the only running back in Southland history to amass more than 5,000 yards rushing and score more than 400 points. He stands No. 10 in all-time FCS rushing with 5,406 career yards.

Sneed, a senior from Conroe, earned honorable mention honors as a freshman in 2010, second team selection in both 2011 and 2012 and is a first team member this year.

Senior Torrance Williams from Waco becomes the second Bearkat to earn All-Southland honors at two positions in the same year. Williams is a first team choice at both wide receiver and punt return specialist. Williams has 51 catches for 945 yards and 12 touchdowns and returned 28 punts for a school record 446 yards.

Sophomore offensive lineman Donald Jackson III and senior linebacker Eric Fieilo also are first team selections. The left tackle from Kilgore earned honorable mention honors as a freshman. Fieilo, a former Euless Trinity star, led the Bearkats with 92 tackles in the regular season to pick up his first all-league honors.

Seniors Brian Bell of China Spring and Richard Sincere from Galveston both picked up all-conference honors for their third season in a row as members of the2013 All-Southland second team offense. Bell stands as Sam Houston’s all-time leader in passing and total offense yardage. Sincere has compiled more than 1,000 yards in three career categories (rushing, receiving and all-purpose yards).

Senior defensive linemen Andrew Weaver and Jarrett Brown both were second team selections to pick up all-league honors for a second year in a row. Weaver leads the Bearkats in sacks with six. Brown has totaled 42 tackles this year including three for losses.

Defensive back Michael Wade from Arp is a second team selection, his first time to receive all-conference honors.

Running back Keshawn Hill, tight end Shane Young, offensive linemen Brandon DeWitt and Matt Boyles, linebacker Tanner Brock and defensive back DeAntrey Loche all were honorable mention selections for the Bearkats.

Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year. Lions’ linebacker Cqulin Hubert was named conference defensive player of the year, while Ron Roberts was named the coach of the year. McNeese quarterback Cody Stroud was the offensive player of the year.

Sam Houston State, McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana all earned berths in the 24-team field for the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championships. The trio’s selection marks the first time the league has placed three teams in the FCS playoffs since 2001.

2013 All-Southland Conference Football Team

First-Team Offense
Pos. Name University Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown

QB Bryan Bennett Southeastern La. 6-3 205 Jr. Granada Hills, Calif.
RB Marcus Wiltz McNeese State 5-9 192 Sr. Cecilia, La.
RB Timothy Flanders Sam Houston State 5-9 210 Sr. Midwest City, Okla.
TE/HB Nic Jacobs McNeese State 6-5 260 Jr. Many, La.
WR Torrance Williams Sam Houston State 5-8 170 Sr. Waco, Texas
WR Diontae Spencer McNeese State 5-9 161 Sr. New Iberia, La.
WR Michael Brooks Stephen F. Austin 5-9 175 Sr. Irving, Texas
OL Arinze Agada McNeese State 6-1 286 Sr. Houston, Texas
OL Antoine Everett McNeese State 6-3 304 Jr. Richmond, Texas
OL Gasten Gabriel Southeastern La. 6-5 310 Sr. Jackson, La.
OL Marshall Paris Southeastern La. 6-2 295 Sr. Lake Charles, La.
OL Donald Jackson III Sam Houston State 6-2 270 So. Kilgore, Texas
AP Xavier Roberson Southeastern La. 5-9 170 So. Atlanta, Ga.
PK Seth Sebastian Southeastern La. 5-10 180 Sr. Lafayette, La.

First-Team Defense
Pos. Name University Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
DL Jesse Dickson Lamar 6-3 265 Sr. Houston, Texas
DL Jonathan Woodard Central Arkansas 6-6 271 So. Brentwood, Tenn.
DL Everett Ellefsen McNeese State 6-3 230 Jr. Madisonville, La.
DL Markeith Gaines Central Arkansas 6-0 265 Sr. Theodore, Ala.
LB Justin Heard Central Arkansas 6-1 230 Sr. Woodland, Ala.
LB Cqulin Hubert Southeastern La. 6-1 250 Sr. Houston, Texas
LB Eric Fieilo Sam Houston State 5-11 226 Sr. Euless, Texas
DB Bookie Sneed Sam Houston State 6-0 180 Sr. Conroe, Texas
DB Guy Morgan McNeese State 6-0 188 Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
DB Marcus Peters Central Arkansas 6-2 204 Sr. Daingerfield, Texas
DB Tyrus McGlothen Lamar 5-8 175 Sr. Grand Prairie, Texas
DB Harlan Miller Southeastern La. 6-0 170 So. Kentwood, La.
P Kollin Kahler Lamar 6-2 200 Sr. Waco, Texas
KR Xavier Roberson Southeastern La. 5-9 170 So. Atlanta, Ga.
PR Torrance Williams Sam Houston State 5-8 170 Sr. Waco, Texas

Second-Team Offense
Pos. Name University Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
QB Brian Bell Sam Houston State 6-2 175 Jr. China Spring, Texas
RB Gus Johnson Stephen F. Austin 5-10 215 Jr. Gilmer, Texas
RB Rasheed Harell Southeastern La. 5-10 185 So. Miami, Fla.
TE/HB Chase Dixon Central Arkansas 6-5 239 Sr. Fort Smith, Ark.
WR Reggie Begelton Lamar 6-0 190 So. Beaumont, Texas
WR Dezmin Lewis Central Arkansas 6-4 212 Jr. Mesquite, Texas
WR Tony McCrea Southeastern La. 5-10 175 Sr. Irwinton, Ga.
OL Warren Jones Northwestern State 6-1 326 Sr. Macon, Miss.
OL Dominique Allen Central Arkansas 6-3 295 Sr. Houston, Texas
OL Cole Caruthers Central Arkansas 6-4 292 Jr. Sugar Land, Texas
OL Kyle Gillam Lamar 6-1 270 Sr. Lumberton, Texas
OL Abasi Salimu Nicholls 6-5 290 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
AP Richard Sincere Sam Houston State 5-10 193 Sr. Galveston, Texas
PK Ryan Rome McNeese State 5-10 170 Sr. Destrahan, La.

Second-Team Defense
Pos. Name University Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
DL Jacob Newman Southeastern La. 6-2 275 Jr. Visalia, Calif.
DL Andrew Weaver Sam Houston State 6-1 240 Sr. Waco, Texas
DL Lesley Deamer Northwestern State 6-3 304 Sr. Amite, La.
DL Jarrett Brown Sam Houston State 6-3 265 Sr. Arlington, Texas
LB Pat Black Northwestern State 6-0 209 Sr. Jackson, Miss.
LB Isiah Corbett Southeastern La. 6-3 250 Jr. Belle Glade, Fla.
LB Bo Brown McNeese State 6-1 210 So. Katy, Texas
DB Imoan Claiborne Northwestern State 5-11 187 Jr. Alexandria, La.
DB Michael Wade Sam Houston State 5-11 195 Jr. Arp, Texas
DB Theo Alexander Southeastern La. 6-4 205 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
DB Aaron Sam McNeese State 5-11 176 Jr. Lake Charles, La.
DB Sigan Vergenal Nicholls 6-0 205 Sr. New Iberia, La.
P Matt McCormick Southeastern La. 6-0 200 Sr. Covington, La.
KR Diontae Spencer McNeese State 5-9 161 Sr. New Iberia, La.
PR Kevin Johnson Lamar 6-0 210 Jr. Houston, Texas

Honorable Mention:

Quarterback: Cody Stroud, McNeese State; Caleb Berry, Lamar; Tuskani Figaro, Nicholls; Brady Attaway, Stephen F. Austin. Running Back: Kade Harrington, Lamar; Garrett Atzenweiler, Northwestern State; Keshawn Hill, Sam Houston State. Tight End/H-Back: Jeremy Myers, Southeastern La.; Tyler Boyd, Stephen F. Austin; Shane Young, Sam Houston State. Wide Receiver: Louis Hollier, Northwestern State; D.J. Ward, Stephen F. Austin; Jeff Smiley, Southeastern La.; Aaron Thomas, Stephen F. Austin; Desmond Smith, Central Arkansas; Erik Buchanan, Nicholls; Marquis Fruge’, Southeastern La. Offensive Linemen: Andrew Ratliff, Stephen F. Austin; Brandon DeWitt, Sam Houston State; Matt Boyles, Sam Houston State; Quentin Marsh, McNeese State; Joe Graves, Southeastern La.; Jonathan Braddock, Southeastern La.; Ryne Chambers, Stephen F. Austin; Nick Gorman, McNeese State; Tchissakid Player, Northwestern State; Bryan West, Stephen F. Austin. Offensive All-Purpose: Ed Eagan, Northwestern State. Defensive Linemen: Jeremy Williams, Southeastern La.; Kevin Dorn, McNeese State; Deon Simon, Northwestern State; Malcolm Mattox, Stephen F. Austin; T.J. Randall, Central Arkansas; JeMarcus Marshall, Northwestern State; Greg Triay, Southeastern La.. Linebackers: Ortavious Hypolite, Stephen F. Austin; James Washington, Lamar; Chris Bermond, Nicholls; Justin Church, Southeastern La.; Tanner Brock, Sam Houston State. Defensive Back: DeAntrey Loche, Sam Houston State; Todd Washington, Southeastern La.; Tyler Stoddard, Southeastern La.; Marice Sutton, Southeastern La.; Jestin Love, Central Arkansas; Fred Thomas, Northwestern State; Chad Allen, Lamar; Terence Cahee, McNeese State. Placekicker: Jordan Wiggs, Stephen F. Austin. Punter: Nick Bruno, Stephen F. Austin; Jean Breaux, McNeese State. Kick Return Specialist: Jatavious Wilson, Central Arkansas. Punt Return Specialist: Ed Eagan, Northwestern State.

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