The good news continued to roll in for Texas A&M University-Kingsville (8-3) as Myles Carr, Brandon Jones and head coach Daren Wilkinson highlighted 23 Lone Star Conference postseason awards for the Javelinas. As voted on by the head football coaches, Carr was received the J.W. Rollins Award, given to the Offensive Player of the Year, Jones received the J.V. Sikes Award (Defensive Player of the Year) and Defensive Lineman of the Year and Wilkinson, in just his second season as head coach, was selected Coach of the Year Friday morning. All in all, eight Hogs received first team accolades, four appeared on the second team, six on honorable mention and one was on the all-academic squad.
In his second season under center for the Hogs, Carr set the single season record for passing touchdowns on Nov. 5 and enters the Agent Barry Live United Bowl with a conference leading 29 touchdowns. The Arcadia, Calif. native has completed 66.7 percent of his passes, also a school record, and carries a passing efficiency of 169.3. Earning the first LSC Offensive Player of the Week nod after a season opening victory at the University of the Incarnate Word, Carr threw three or more touchdowns in seven games in 2016 and added two rushing scores. The senior QB also appeared on the second team.
Collecting LSC Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year honors and on the All-LSC first team, 11.5 of Jones' 46 tackles were tackles for loss (58 yards). The sophomore has 9.5 sacks for 51 yards, a forced fumble and four quarterback hurries. His 9.5 sacks rank fifth in single season program history, all while playing 10 games. After six tackles, 3.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks in a win at West Texas A&M University, Jones was awarded LSC Defensive Player of the Week.
In just his second season as head coach, Wilkinson led one of the biggest turnaround seasons in the NCAA, turning a 2-9 program to 8-3 and a bowl bid. A young team, the Javelinas return 12 of their all-conference honorees, including first team selections Stuart Sanchez, Stehly Reden, Torrey Thomas, Julio DelaGarza and Braedon Robinson.
A first time starter in 2016, Sanchez earned his first ever All-LSC selection after 11 starts on the o-line as a guard. He is joined by Bo Villarreal on the first team, who prior to the season beginning was named to the NFLPA Watch List. Villarreal received second team and Don Hansen All-Super Region Four third team honors last season.
In his first season in Kingsville, Reden has instantly become a fan favorite, with 22 receptions for 397 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns. Reden ended the regular season with a season-high five catches for 90 yards and a score.
A senior out of Atlanta, Georgia, Autry picked up back-to-back All-LSC first team nods and added an honorable selection as a return specialist. The wideout finished the regular season with 42 catches for 686 yards – both team highs – and seven touchdowns. He also picked up three carries for 79 yards and averaged 24.9 yards per return. Autry had four receptions for 109 yards and three scores in the 68-7 win over Simon Fraser University and ended the regular season with three 100-plus reception games. Prior the kicking off the 2016 campaign, Autry was named to the NFLPA Watch List.
As just a sophomore, Torrey Thomas has garnered back-to-back All-LSC performances after picking up second team honors last season and appearing on the first team in 2016. Thomas finished the regular season with 19 catches for 186 yards and three scores, but his blocking ability assisted in the six-game win streak the Javelinas currently boast. Earning the distinction as a fullback, Thomas and the crop of tight ends are counted on to play multiple positions for the Hogs.
DelaGarza improves from an honorable mention selection in 2015 to a first team nod as just a sophomore. The Valley native has connected on 50-of-52 PATs and 10-of-13 field goals, including a 47 yarder versus nationally-ranked Midwestern State University. DelaGarza also has the unique ability to stun the opposition, having successfully recovered his own onside kick twice this season. His 50 PATs are fifth most in single season program history, just four away from tying the top mark, set by Walter Rule in 1986 (54).
Robinson earned his second All-LSC honors and appears on the first team for the first time in his career. Making the switch to linebacker in 2016, the San Antonio native has 47 tackles, 12.5 TFL for 49 yards and 4.5 sacks for 29 yards. He also has a blocked kick, two pass breakups and four QB hurries. His 32.5 career tackles for loss are sixth most in program history. He has collected a TFL in eight consecutive games.
The first team honorees were Sanchez, Villarreal, Autry, Reden, Torrey Thomas, De la Garza, Jones and Robinson.
The second team selections were Carr, ZeMarcus Green, Jarrod Sanders and Devonte Williams.
A 2015 honorable mention, Green appeared on the second team for the first time in his career. The linebacker leads the team with 49 tackles and adds 4.5 TFL and five QB hurries in just nine games this season. The Houston native tallied 13 tackles versus Angelo State University (Oct. 1).
In his first season for the Javelinas, Sanders has two interceptions for 53 yards, including a 35 yard pick-six in the win over Simon Fraser. Sanders has 39 tackles, 2.0 TFL and seven pass breakups.
Williams earns back-to-back LSC distinctions after ending the regular season with a 70 yard interception for a touchdown in the win at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and a 24 yard reception on a 4th-and-9 play. Williams had two forced fumbles and 29 tackles in the regular season.
The six Javelinas that appear on the LSC honorable mention team are Aundra Long, who also earned an All-Academic honor, Luis Lopez, Autry, Jordan Thomas, Alex Kuyinu and DeMarcus Spurlock.
Long capped off his senior regular season with another reception and 11 starts on the o-line. Lopez had 100 carries for 536 yards and seven touchdowns in his first season for the Hogs. A hard hitting running back, the San Diego, Texas native eclipsed 100 yards rushing in the win versus Western New Mexico University (Nov. 5) and finished with 16 carries for 108 yards and a score and three receptions for 91 yards. He had two multiple touchdown performances in 2016.
Jordan Thomas had 33 receptions for 511 yards and five touchdowns, including five catches for 152 yards and a score at nationally-ranked Texas A&M University-Commerce (Sept. 24). Thomas also added 10 rushes for 54 yards.
Kuyinu earned all-conference for the first time in his four-year career. AK was co-LSC Defensive Player of the Week after 4.0 sacks for 16 yards and six total tackles in the win at Tarleton State University (Oct. 22). Kuyinu finished with 29 tackles, 10.0 TFL and 5.5 sacks.
Spurlock goes back-to-back on the All-LSC team after collecting 39 tackles, 4.0 TFL for 21 yards and 3.0 sacks for 19 yards after 2.0 in the regular season finale at Oklahoma Panhandle State (Nov. 12). Spurlock also has an interception in 2016 in the win at West Texas A&M (Oct. 8).
The Javelinas head to the Fourth Annual Agent Barry Live United Bowl to take on #RV Southern Arkansas University (9-2) Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. at Razorback Stadium in Texarkana, Ark. Tickets are now available on LiveUnitedBowl.com.
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