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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Linnebur, Rotering named ALL-KCAC first team

  • The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference has released the 2013 KCAC Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners.
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  • The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference has released the 2013 KCAC Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners.
    Nine Bethany College football players earned All-Conference honors, while 12 McPherson College players were honored by the conference.
    Bethany junior fullback Tevis Linnebur was named first team offense.
    Linnebur rushed for 721 yards on 176 attempts and five touchdowns. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and 65.5 yards per game.
    Linnebur added 176 receiving yards on 10 catches and one touchdown, averaging 17.6 yards per catch. Linnebur was also a 2012 First Team selection and a 2013 All-Preseason Team selection.
    "It is an honor to have so many of our players awarded All-KCAC this season," Bethany coach Manny Matsakis said. "Offensively, I am excited that Tevis Linnebur was a first Team selection in the All-Conference backfield, which is a testament to his hard work and dedication."
    For McPherson, Paul Rotering was the lone Bulldog that earned a slot on the first team.
    After making the second team last season as a tight end, Rotering upped his game for his final year at Mac, recording 33 receptions for 419 yards and four scores in 10 games played.
    He ranked in the top-15 of the KCAC in balls pulled in and yards per game, leading all tight ends. In his four-year career playing for the Bulldogs, Rotering netted 949 total yards with 67 catches and 10 touchdowns to his name.
     Other Bulldogs to make the list were Mike Phillips, Tremon Robinson, Grant Narcisse and Heath Hewitt, who made the second squad. Phil Wilson, Chris Ellison, Trent Forrester, Dominique Henderson, Tyler Bruton, Will Thacker, Havelock Pomele and Rotering were placed on the honorable mention list.
    Rotering made the honorable mention list as a punter.
    Phillips narrowly missed being crowned the top-scoring kicker as he accumulated 75 points in his 11 games.
    The soccer player turned football kicker finished the year seventh amongst all KCAC players in scoring, averaging 7.0 points a game.
    His 1.3 field goals per contest average and total FGs were the highest in the conference, as was his kicking percentage which sat at 77.8 percent.  
    The senior made 33-of-36 extra points, hitting 91.7 percent of his PAT tries.
    With a KCAC-leading 64 receptions, Robinson made some waves in his final season with the Bulldogs.
    He netted 5.8 balls an outing for 83.1 yards, leading McPherson and ranking in the top-five of the conference in both categories.
    Robinson fell just short of the 1000-yard mark, logging 914 in his 11 games played. The senior also had eight touchdowns, leading the 'Dogs.
    Narcisse is one of three freshmen to make either the first or second teams, garnering a spot in the defensive lineman position.
    He was a constant issue in the backfield for offenses, totaling 7.5 tackles for a loss and 45  total stops. The top game of the year for Narcisse came against Tabor College where he had 10 total tackles with one sack for a five yard loss.
    Page 2 of 3 - Helping guide an offensive line that produced 1,375 rushing yards and 3,836 total, Hewitt is a first time All-KCAC award winner.
    The senior played nearly every position on the line for the Bulldogs but could most commonly be found on the right side as either a guard or tackle. Hewitt was also named an CoSIDA All-District athlete earlier this month.
    Wilson, Ellison, Forrester, Henderson and Bruton are all key members of the Bulldog defense.  This season, Mac's D allowed an average 135.7 yards on the ground to their opponents in a run-heavy conference.
    They tallied 20 sacks for 132 total yardage lost and had 81.5 tackles for a loss.  After 11 games, MC ranked sixth in the Nation in opponent third down percentage at 28.8%.
    Thacker joined Hewitt on the offensive line for McPherson, playing the center position for nearly every snap.
    The 'Dogs recorded 18 rushing and 16 passing touchdowns in their 11 contests and Thacker was hiking the ball on each of those. He helped block for fellow honorable mention teammate Pomele who netted 527 yards rushing in nine games.  
    Pomele also had a team second best seven touchdowns scored this season.
    Rotering logged 1,706 total punting yards on 43 kicks for a conference third best 39.7 average.
    His long for the season went 77 yards.
    As for the Swedes, Senior linebacker Milton Collins was named second team Defense. Collins recorded 32 solo tackles and 20 assisted tackles for a total of 52.
    He had 18 tackles for loss, resulting in 53.3 yards lost, and 3.5 sacks for 53.3 yards lost.
    Defensive back Trevor Smith, defensive lineman Steven Williams, defensive lineman Rocky Castro, linebacker Cody Linnebur, running back Jafar Thomas, wide receiver Rodney Molette and punter Brett Crome were all named honorable mention.
    “These young men played with great passion and were leaders on our team this past season,” Matsakis said.
    Smith recorded 21 solo tackles and five assisted tackles for a total of 26. He had three tackles for loss, resulting in nine lost yards. Smith also had two interceptions on the season, five passes defended, and one forced fumble.
    Williams had 72 total tackles, 39 solo and 33 assisted. He had 11.5 tackles for loss, resulting in 43.7 yards loss and three sacks for 27 lost yards. Williams also had two passes defended.
    Castro totaled six solo tackles and 14 assisted tackles for a total of 20. In addition, Castro contributed three tackles for loss resulting in a loss of 24.5 yards and two sacks for a loss of 23 yards.
    Cody Linnebur had 26 solo tackles and 33 assisted tackles for a total of 59. He had 6.5 tackles for loss for 22.2 yards lost and one sack for a loss of 13 yards. In addition, Linnebur recovered two fumbles and had one pass defended.
    Thomas tallied 480 rushing yards on 88 attempts and five touchdowns. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry and 43.6 rushing yards per game. Thomas also had 21 catches for 274 receiving yards and one touchdown.
    Page 3 of 3 - He averaged 12.5 yards per catch and 23.9 receiving yards per game.
    Molette had 28 catches for 425 yards and five touchdowns on the season. He averaged 15.2 yards per catch and 38.5 receiving yards per game.
    Crome recorded 53 punts for a total of 1,951 yards. He averaged 36.8 yards per punt, and his longest punt of the season was 61 yards.
    Andy Lambert of Sterling was tipped at KCAC Coach of the Year, while Marcus Carter of Friends was named Player of the Year.
    Offensive Player of the Year honors went to James Monroe, Jr., of Tabor, while Deron Bruce of Ottawa picked up Defensive Player of the Year.
    Special teams Player of the Year was Antonio Bray of Sterling.
    The full list of All-KCAC honorees can be found at www.kcacsports.com.

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