Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tech football players top the La. Sportswriters' ballots for 2012

Louisiana Tech's Cameron, Dixon Honored by Louisiana Sports Writers Association

RUSTON, La. - Colby Cameron and Kenneth Dixon were named the Louisiana Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively, as the 2012 All-Louisiana teams were announced Tuesday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA).
In all, Tech had eight players receive first team All-Louisiana honors, more than any other team in the state.
Cameron, a senior from Newbury Park, Calif., was named the WAC Player of the Year in a year in which he set an NCAA record for most consecutive passes attempted without an interception (428).  Cameron led an offense that was ranked NO. 1 in scoring and No. 2 in total offense. He completed 359-of-522 passes for 4,147 yards and 31 touchdowns. He completed 68.8 percent of his passes for an efficiency rating of 153.19 while averaging 345.6 passing yards a game. The Sammy Baugh Award winner and Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist was No. 4 in the nation in total offense.
When Cameron was throwing the ball at Tech, it was going to Freshman of the Year choice Dixon, who hails from Strong, Ark. The true freshman led the nation in scoring with 28 total touchdowns (27 rushing) break’s Marshall Faulk’s NCAA records for most touchdowns scored, most rushing touchdowns scored and most points, all for a freshman. Dixon had 200 rushes for 1,194 yards, just missing averaging 100 yards a game at 99.5. Dixon set the WAC record for most rushing touchdowns at any class level.
Joining Cameron and Dixon on the first team selected by the LSWA members were: offensive linemen Arinze Agada of McNeese, Josh Dworaczyk of LSU, Andre Huval of Louisiana-Lafayette and Oscar Johnson and Stephen Warner, both of Louisiana Tech. The tight end choice was Nick Scelfo of Nicholls with ULM’s Brent Leonard and Tech’sQuinton Patton at wide receiver.  The other running back completing the first team was Ryan Montague of Louisiana College. Tech’s IK Enemkpali received first team honors on the defensive line.

Two national award winners were on the specialists’ first team with Lou Groza winner Cairo Santos of Tulane the place kicker and two-time Ray Guy winner Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech the punter. D. J. Banks, also of Louisiana Tech, was named the return specialist.
The voting process began after nominations were submitted by the sports information-media relations directors from the football playing schools in the state. Members of the Player of the Week voting committee as well as three media voters were allowed for each team. The nominating SIDs were not allowed under LSWA rules to vote for their own players and each SID had to submit a ballot to have their nominees votes allowed to be counted.  All stats are through the end of the regular season and do not include post-season activities.
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Pos/Name/School/Year/Hometown/Notes, Stats
OL/Arinze Agada/McNeese/Jr./Houston, Texas/All-SLC 1st Team, 11 starts
OL/Josh Dworaczyk/LSU/Sr./New Iberia, La./All-SEC HM, Sixth-year senior
OL/Andre Huval/Louisiana-Lafayette/Jr./Scott, La./All-SBC 2nd Team, 25 straight starts center
OL/Oscar Johnson/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Crystal Springs, Miss./All-WAC 1st Team, 8th nation sacks allowed
OL/Stephen Warner/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Ruston, La./All-WAC 1st Team, 8th nation sacks allowed
TE/Nick Scelfo/Nicholls State/So./Baton Rouge, La./All-SLC 2nd Team, 22 recept., 300 yds, 2 TDs
WR/Brent Leonard/ULM/Sr./Keller, Texas/All-SBC, 1st Team, 97 recept., 1,042 yds, 10 TDs
WR/Quinton Patton/Louisiana Tech/Sr./LaVergne, Tenn./All-WAC, 1st Team, 104 recept., 1,392 yds, 13 TD
RB/Kenneth Dixon/Louisiana Tech/Fr./Strong, Ark./WAC FOY, CBS Frosh A-A, 200 rushes, 1,194 yds, 27 TD
RB/Ryan Montague/Louisiana College/So./New Orleans, La./AASWC 1st Team, 224 rushes, 1,110 yds, 13 TD
QB/Colby Cameron/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Newbury Park, Calif./WAC POY, 359-of-522, 4,147 yds, 31 TD

Pos/Name/School/Year/Hometown/Notes, Stats
DL/IK Enemkpali/Louisiana Tech/Jr./Pflugerville, Texas/All-WAC 1st Team, 32 TT, 6.0 Sacks
DL/Barkevious Mingo/LSU/Jr./West Monroe, La./All-SEC 2nd Team, 33 TT, 4.0 Sacks
DL/Sam Montgomery/LSU/Jr./Greenwood, S.C./2nd Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 32 TT, 7.0 Sacks
DL/Emeka Onyenekwau/Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./New Orleans, La./All-SBC 1st Team, 37 TT, 6.5 Sacks
LB/Lamin Barrow/LSU/Jr./Marrero, La./92 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 FR
LB/Kevin Minter/LSU/Jr./Suwanee, Ga./2nd Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 111 TT, 3.0 Sacks
LB/Derek Rose/Northwestern State/Sr./New Orleans, La./All-SLC 1st Team, 103 TT, 1 FR, 3 PBU
DB/Robert Alford/Southeastern La./Sr./Hammond, La./2nd Team A-A, All-SLC 1st Team 39 TT, 4 Int.
DB/Craig Loston/LSU/Jr./Aldine, Texas/All-SEC 2nd Team, 48 TT, 3 Int, 1 TD
DB/Jemarlous Moten/Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Leland, Miss./All-SBC 1st Team, 59 TT, 3 Int, 2 FF
DB/Eric Reid/LSU/Jr./Geismar, La./1st Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 81 TT, 2 Int.

Pos/Name/School/Year/Hometown/Notes, Stats
K/Cairo Santos/Tulane/Jr./St. Augustine, Fla./Lou Groza Winner, 21-21 FG, 14 from 40 +
P/Ryan Allen/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Salem, Ore./2011, 2012 Ray Guy Winner, 48.0 aver., 20 of 45 inside 20
RS/D.J. Banks/Louisiana Tech/Jr./West Monroe, La./All-WAC 1st Team, 39 KO, 1,044 yds, 1 TD; 20 P, 120 yds

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Colby Cameron, QB, Louisiana Tech
Voting – Cameron 21; Kolton Browning, ULM 3; Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette, 1
Voting – Minter 21, Derek Rose Northwestern State 2; Robert Alford, Southeastern 1; Eric Reid, LSU 1 (write-in vote)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
Voting – Dixon 21; Jeremy Hill, LSU 3; Xavier Robinson, Southeastern, 1
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – Terrance Broadway, QB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Voting – Broadway 23; Billy Johnson, Tulane 2
Voting – Berry 18; Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech 5; Les Miles, LSU 2

Second Team Offense
OL – Leonardo Bates, Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., New Orleans, La.; La’el Collins, LSU, So., Baton Rouge, La.; P. J. Lonergan, LSU, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Darin Moore, Louisiana College, Sr., Ponchatoula, La. ; Jeremy Vujnovich, Louisiana College, Sr., Belle Chasse, La.
                TE – Jeremy Meyers, Southeastern Louisiana, So., Baton Rouge, La.
                WR – Ryan Grant, Tulane, Jr., Beaumont, Texas; D’Mario Parker, Louisiana College;
                RB – Jeremy Hill, LSU, Fr., Baton Rouge, La.; Marcus Wiltz, McNeese, Jr., Cecilia, La.
                QB – Kolton Browning, ULM, Jr., Mabank, Texas

Second Team Defense
                DL – Everett Ellersen, McNeese, So., Madisonville, La. ; Peter “Phil” Ford, Louisiana College, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Austen Jacks, Tulane, Sr., Winter Park, Fla.; Bennie Logan, LSU, Jr., Coushatta, La.
                LB – Justin Anderson, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Foley, Ala.; Jordan Piper, Nicholls, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Devan Walker, Southeastern, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.
                DB – Terence Cahee, McNeese, Jr., Westlake, La.; Isaiah Newsome, ULM, Jr., Petal, Miss.; Tharold Simon, LSU, Jr., Eunice La.; Jamaal White, Northwestern State, Sr., Garland, Texas.

Second Team Specialists
                K – Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette – Sr., Brandon, Miss.
P -- Brad Wing, LSU, So., Melbourne, Australia
RS – Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU, Jr., So., New Orleans, La.
Honorable Mention
                Offense – OL -- Josh Allen, ULM, Jr; Billy Johnson, Tulane, Gr.
                Defense – DL – Christian Ringo, Louisiana-Lafayette, So. LB – Joe Narcisse, McNeese, Sr.

Friday, November 30, 2012

San Jose's win over Tech puts them in Military Bowl

San Jose State to Play in Military Bowl
Courtesy: WAC
Washington, D.C.-----San Jose State University, #25 in the current Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, will continue its captivating season after accepting an invitation to play in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.

The bowl game is set for Thursday, December 27, at RFK Stadium in the nation's capitol. Game time is 3:00 p.m. (EST) with ESPN providing live television coverage.  

In the Military Bowl's five-year history, San Jose State (10-2, 5-1 WAC) is the first team to bring a BCS standing to the bowl at the time of its acceptance.

"We are thrilled to receive an invitation to play in the 2012 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman to cap off one of the best seasons in the 110-plus years of San Jose State football," says San Jose State athletics director Gene Bleymaier. "We finished a 10-win season with signature wins over bowl-eligible teams BYU and Louisiana Tech on national TV and look forward to playing a quality opponent on December 27.

"Among our 150,000-plus alumni base around the world, we have a solid core of successful graduates and former players living on the East Coast and in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. A number of them came to our win at Navy in September and we look forward to seeing them again."

The Spartans finished the regular season with a six-game winning streak and return to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with four victories over bowl eligible teams. One of those wins was the 12-0 shutout at Navy in nearby Annapolis, Md.

One of the best road teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) this season winning five of six, San Jose State is the only FBS team in 2012 with a road victory in the four continental U.S. time zones.

Mike MacIntyre, completing his third season in his first head coaching position in his 23 seasons of college and professional coaching, is San Jose State's head coach. MacIntyre is one of 16 finalists for the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.

"This is exciting news for San Jose State, this football program and, in particular, our seniors, our fans, our alumni, our students, our conference and the city of San Jose. This team accomplished so much in so many ways this season and now we have another an opportunity to continue to our season in the Military Bowl," says MacIntyre. "We have a chance to win 11 games. The last time that was at San Jose State here was before World War II and our players, coaches and staff are ready to get started."

The Spartans will bring a team that scored 423 points, the third-highest scoring team in school history. San Jose State is the most accurate passing team in the FBS completing 71.3 percent of its passes for 33 touchdowns to date.  Junior David Fales is the Spartans' record-setting quarterback and he has four targets - wide receivers Noel Grigsby, Chandler Jones and Jabari Carr and tight end Ryan Otten, each with more than 1,000 career pass receiving yards.

The well-rounded San Jose State team has a defense that is ranked in the top-10 nationally presently in turnovers gained (7th tied), fumbles recovered (1st tied) and quarterback sacks (5th). The Spartans are 25th in scoring defense allowing 21.4 points a game.

The Spartans bring a 5-3 all-time bowl record to the 2012 Military Bowl. San Jose State has victories in its last two bowl appearances - a 20-12 triumph over New Mexico in the 2006 New Mexico Bowl and a 48-24 victory over Central Michigan in the 1990 California Raisin Bowl.

San Jose State begins its sale of tickets for the Military Bowl presented by Northop Grumman, Monday, December 3, at 9:00 a.m. (PT). Call (408) 924-SJTX or visit for individual and group ticket purchases in the San Jose State sections.
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