Texan football earns 19 All-LSC Team honors

Bethany Brooks / Sports Editor

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The Tarleton State University football team was able to snag 19 All-Conference Selections and two All-Academic honors in the 2013 Lone Star Conference All-Conference Selections.

Those earning first team honors included senior linebacker/safety Desmond Jackson and senior defensive back Dashaun Phillips.

Jackson had 35 tackles and one interception that was returned for a touchdown this season. He was Tarleton’s first-string punt returner this season finishing the regular season with a 13.3 return average. Phillips had 51 tackles, a team-high seven break-ups, and one pick.

Second team honors went to junior offensive lineman Armando Alvarez, sophomore wide receiver Le’Nard Meyers, sophomore running back Zack Henshaw, redshirt freshman defensive end Jake Blount, senior linebacker Marquis Wadley, and junior defensive back Charles Moore.

Meyers was team leader with 58 receptions for 731 yards and four touchdowns with an average of 12.6 yards per catch.

Alvarez aided the Texan offense in their gain of more that 315 yards per game through the air and over 150 yards on the ground.

Blount had six sacks and is ranked sixth in the conference with 0.67 sacks per game. He had 28 tackles, with 11 of them being lost yardage.

Wadley was team leader in tackling for the third year in a row. He finished the season with a league-high 126 tackles, eight of which were for lost yardage.

Moore had 51 tackles, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery this season.

11 players were named to the honorable mention squad, including: sophomore offensive lineman Nick Perez, junior offensive lineman Lucas Love, sophomore offensive lineman Kody Travis, junior wide receiver Clifton Rhodes III, senior quarterback Jake Fenske, sophomore running back Jerome Regal, senior kick return Jackson, junior defensive lineman Ethan Perkins, junior defensive end Patrick Bettiol, junior linebacker Marc Martinez, and junior punter Isaac Arellano.

Moore and Henshaw were also honored with selections for the LSC All-Academic team for their hard work in the classroom.

Perez, Love, and Travis were three members of the No. 3 ranked offensive line in the LSC in passing yards.

Rhodes completed 53 catches for 680 yards and a team-high six touchdowns. He had the team-high average of 12.8 yards per reception and 68.0 receiving yards per game.

Fenske was able to complete 202 of 336 passes for 2,412 yards, the ninth most in school history. He was the second quarterback in school history to throw 400 yards or more in two games.

Regal was team leader in rushing yards with 653 yards on 127 carries. He had a team-high six touchdowns and averaged 5.1 yards per carry and 65.3 yards per game.

Bettiol was able to get 32 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, and one sack. He also caused one fumble and had one fumble recovery.

Martinez had 87 tackles this season with 49 of them unassisted. He also had three tackles-for-loss, an interception, and four forced fumbles.

Arellano kicked 46 punts this season for 1,884 yards totals, with a 41.0 yard average per punt.

The Texans finished the regular season as the Co-Lone Star Conference Champions, the third title in school history. They had a 7-3 overall record, and earned a bowl bid for the 2013 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove on Saturday, Dec. 7 against Ouachita Baptist. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.