'Roo Football has 15 Earn All-SCAC

The Austin College football team had 15 ‘Roos named as All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference performers for their outstanding play in the 2013 season, the league office has announced.

Offensively, Bradley Oh, Kyle Crawford, Bryce Murphy, James Nwankpah, and Noah Jesko were all named as first team All-SCAC performers, while Tre Stewart, Brett T. Vaughn, Nathan Packard, Brooks Ward, Logan Estes, Scott Loy, and Javi Reynoso were all named to the defensive first team.

Cole Caldwell and Cody Kovach were honorable mention on the offensive side of the ball, while De’Andre Holmes was an honorable mention selection on defense.

Oh, a junior offensive guard from Irving, helped anchor a line that allowed the ‘Roos to have the top rushing attack in the SCAC in 2013, while also allowing for one of most productive passing attacks in program history.

Crawford, a junior tight end from Rockwall, led the ‘Roos with 30 receptions for 390 yards, averaging 13.0 yards-per-catch and hauling in four touchdown passes with a long of 53 yards in eight games this season.

Murphy, a junior running back from Crawford, led the SCAC with 876 yards and eight touchdowns. Murphy averaged 6.1 yards-per-carry with a long run of 58 yards, and added 11 receptions for 93 yards with a long of 49.

Nwankpah, a senior running back from Arlington, finished second in the SCAC with 731 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards-per-carry. He had a long run of 57 yards and added three receptions for 29 yards.

Jesko, a junior quarterback from Dalhart, was second in the conference with 2,117 passing yards, completing 55.8% of his attempts while throwing 13 touchdowns against eight interceptions. For the year, Jesko had a long completion of 65 yards. Jesko, Murphy, and Nwankpah were all named the SCAC Offensive Player of the Week once this season.

Stewart, a junior defensive tackle from Rowlett, made 36 tackles including 9.5 tackles-for-loss for a loss of 34 yards, leading the team in that category. Stewart was second on the team with 4.0 sacks and forced two fumbles.

Vaughn, a junior defensive tackle from Deer Park, made 53 tackles including 5.0 tackles-for-loss for a loss of 30 yards, and added 2.0 sacks on the year.

Packard, a senior linebacker from Dallas, was tied for second on the team with 60 tackles, including 25 solo stops and 7.0 tackles-for-loss for a loss of 22 yards with 2.0 sacks. Packard also intercepted one pass, recovered a fumble, blocked a kick, and was named the SCAC Special Teams Player of the Week once this season.

Ward, a sophomore linebacker from Grand Prairie, was second in the SCAC with 89 tackles, including 40 solo stops, 7.0 tackles-for-loss for a loss of 28 yards, and 2.0 sacks. Ward forced one fumble and intercepted one pass on the year, and was named the SCAC Defensive Player of the Week once.

Estes, a senior cornerback from Watauga, was tied for second on the team with 60 tackles, including a team-best 43 solo stops, and had one interception, one fumble recovery, and nine pass breakups.

Loy, a junior safety from Rockwall, made 50 tackles, including 36 solo stops, and was among the SCAC leaders with four interceptions. He also added two pass breakups on the year.

Reynoso, a freshman punter from Springtown, averaged 36.3 yards-per-punt with a long of 57 yards this season, punting 41 times for a total of 1,487 yards. He pinned teams inside their own 20 five times over the course of the year.

Caldwell, a sophomore from Keller, and Kovach, a junior from Lewisville, helped to anchor an offensive line that helped the ‘Roos amass 3,997 yards of total offense, averaging just under 400 yards per game on the year.

Holmes, a senior safety from Watauga, was fourth on the team in tackles with 59 stops, including 2.0 tackles-for-loss for a loss of nine yards, three pass breakups, and one fumble recovery.

Austin College athletic teams participate as a member of the NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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