Senior offensive lineman Jaelon Barnes and junior wide receiver Jackson Goodmiller have been selected first team all-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference by the league's football coaches, the conference office announced Monday.
Barnes, one of four unanimous selections along the offensive line, anchored a front five for a Bulldog offense that put up 377.7 yards per game from his right tackle position. He was an honorable mention pick last season.
Goodmiller finished as McPherson's leading receiver with 51 catches for 527 yards and eight touchdowns. One of his best days statistically came in the Bulldog's 44-30 Homecoming victory over Ottawa on Oct. 14, when he hauled in six passes for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns — an average of 15.2 yards per catch. He had seven catches for 92 yards and the team's lone score in a 14-7 loss at Friends the following week.
In addition, 13 other Bulldog football players received honorable mention:
Senior running back Tyrone Campbell
-- Campbell, a second-team all-KCAC pick a year ago, finished as the team's leading rusher with 469 yards and five touchdowns on 108 carries, while also hauling in 12 passes for 147 yards and two scores. He had two 100-yard games this season — Oct. 14 against Ottawa (26 carries, 127 yards, TD) and Nov. 4 against Tabor (15 carries, 116 yards, TD). Campbell finished his two-year McPherson career with 1,412 rushing yards on 309 carries and nine touchdowns. He also caught 35 passes for 381 yards and six touchdowns.
Freshman wide receiver Desmond Anderson
-- Anderson ranked second on the team in receiving yardage with 489 yards despite playing in just nine games. He also ranked third on the team in catches with 28 and scored four touchdowns. His biggest day came against Bethany when he caught seven passes for 188 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, in a 57-43 shootout.
Junior tight end Brandt Wolters
-- Wolters, an all-KCAC honorable mention last season, ranked fourth on the team in receiving with 24 receptions for 306 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His biggest day came in the season finale against Sterling, when he caught five passes for 103 yards and a touchdowns — an average of 20.6 yards per catch.
Sophomore wide receiver Eman McNeal
-- McNeal played in all 10 games for the Bulldogs, ranking second on the team in receptions (36) and receiving touchdowns (7) and third in receiving yards (480). He had two 100-yard receiving games this season — Oct. 28 at Saint Mary (6 rec., 137 yards, 2 TDs) and Nov. 11 vs. Sterling (8 rec., 106 yards, 2 TDs). McNeal was also on the receiving end of the Bulldogs' longest play from scrimmage in 2017 — an 87-yard touchdown pass from Jake Tiernan against Saint Mary.
Junior offensive lineman Logan Anderson
-- The Bulldogs' starting left tackle, Anderson helped protect quarterbacks Ed Crouch and Jake Tiernan, who each threw for over 1,000 yards this season. McPherson averaged 377.7 yards of total offense per game and ranked third among KCAC schools in pass efficiency. He was also part of a front five that allowed just 16.5 sacks, fourth-fewest among KCAC schools.
Junior defensive lineman Isaiah Hill
-- Hill ranked fourth on the team with 49 tackles, including 26 solo stops, tied for the team lead with 11.0 tackles for loss. He also had a team-high seven sacks and recovered a pair of fumbles.
Sophomore defensive lineman Chandler Tisby
-- Tisby, a repeat honorable mention pick, was a disruptive force up front. He totaled 32 tackles (15 solo stops) with 4.0 tackles for loss and a sack.
Junior defensive lineman Charles Tisby
-- Tisby ranked fifth on the team with 47 tackles, including 28 solo stops, and matched Hill for the team lead in tackles for loss with 11. He also registered four sacks and recovered a fumble. He was named KCAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16 after posting three of McPherson's six sacks and a total of four tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a net loss of 37 yards in the Bulldogs' 44-30 Homecoming win over Ottawa.
Junior defensive lineman Joey Hale
-- Hale played in just nine of 10 games but registered 41 tackles with 5.50 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and an interception.
Sophomore linebacker Thomas Lanktree
-- Lanktree led McPherson in tackles this season with 93, including 41 solo stops. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and two interceptions. He was named the KCAC Defensive Player of the Week after recording five tackles, including a tackle for loss, and returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown in the season opener against Texas Wesleyan. Lanktree finished the regular season ranked 17th in the NAIA in total tackles.
Junior defensive back Alwin Crawford
-- Usually matched up with the opposing team's No. 1 receiver, Crawford made 29 tackles (24 solo stops) with a tackle for loss. He finished the regular season tied for fourth among KCAC players with five interceptions, a total that also placed him ninth in the NAIA.
Senior defensive back Ashton Serpas
-- Serpas ranked second on the team in tackles with 67, including 37 solo stops. He also had 1.5 tackles for loss, recovered a fumble and returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown against Tabor.
Freshman placekicker Jack Reid
-- Reid, the team's leading scorer with 62 points, finished the year 8-of-11 on field goals with a long of 40 and was 38-of-40 on extra points. He was named KCAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 5 after hitting three field goals (20, 40, 20) and four extra points in his collegiate debut, a 43-14 McPherson win over Texas Wesleyan.
No. 16 Sterling College and No. 17 Tabor College shared the KCAC title with matching 8-1 records in league play. Sterling head coach Chuck Lambert was unanimously named KCAC Coach of the Year by his peers. Tabor's Evan Sprayberry was named the 2017 KCAC Player of the Year, while Offensive Player of the Year honors went to Darryl Terrell of Sterling. Friends' Tim Hamilton was named the Defensive Player of the Year, Southwestern's Mario Esparza took home the Special Teams Player of the Year award, Kansas Wesleyan's Christian McQueen is the Dr. Ted Kessinger award recipient, and the Coyotes' John Michaletti has been named Assistant Coach of the Year. The Bulldogs (3-7, 2-7 KCAC) are tentatively scheduled to open the 2018 schedule Saturday, September 1, with a home game against McPherson County rival Bethany College before traveling to KCAC newcomer Avila University the following weekend.