TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011
Five JU players on All PFL first team
Five Jacksonville University players, three on offense and two on defense, have been named to the All Pioneer Football League first team.
Record-setting quarterback Josh McGregor was named the first team quarterback with Drake's Mike Piatkowski in voting by the league's coaches.
Wide receiver Josh Philpart, tight end Quintin Davis, defensive lineman Rolando Fines and safety Leonard Smith all made the first team squad.
McGregor, from Royal Palm Beach, Fla., ended his season as the JU and PFL all time passing leader going 229-for-364 with 3,044 passing yards and 29 touchdowns. He threw for 11,230 yards and 116 TDs during his career and holds the team and league records for yardage, touchdowns, completions among a host of other marks. He wound up 23rd on the all-time FCS passing list and sixth all time in touchdown passes.
Philpart, from Deerfield Beach, Fla., once again led JU receivers as he had 50 catches for 675 yards and six touchdowns. He holds the school records for season and career touchdowns, season and career receiving yardage and receptions and was the first Dolphin ever to pass the 2,000-yard receiving mark. He ended his career catching a pass in his last 20 consecutive games.
Davis, from Jacksonville, Fla., had 19 catches for 360 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 32.7 yards per game. He is the only junior selected as all his honored teammates are seniors.
Smith, from Orlando, Fla., led the team in tackles with 74 (53 solo-21 assists), the second consecutive year he was the team leader. He also forced four fumbles and recovered three.
Fines, from Tampa, Fla., was a close second to Smith as he recorded 72 tackles 42-30). He also had 11.5 tackles for losses, five sacks, forced a fumble and recovered one.
Wide receiver Larry Thompson, running back J.J. Laster and offensive linemen Ian Osking and Chad Cypher all were named to the second team offense. Thompson ended his career with a 31-game reception streak.
Safety Lacy McDougald, who tied a school mark with five interceptions, was the lone Dolphin on the second-team defense while kick returner Colby Walden, who set the school record for per return average, made the second team special teams.
Senior Kyle Nanton was named honorable mention on the offensive line, while defensive tackle Mike Mayoral and defensive back Schon Thomas, both under-classmen, also received honorable mention.