FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2006
Football places seven on Pioneer Football League all-conference team
Nov. 17, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Jacksonville University had seven football players earn Pioneer Football League All-Conference honors, with sophomore defensive back Robson Noel earning first team accolades, as voted by head coaches of the PFL.
Noel, who earned his first all-conference honors, was the lone representative for the Dolphins on the first team. The JU senior class was well represented with four players earning all-conference honors. Offensive guard Josue Sanchez, offensive tackle Pat Rich, running back Jerry Brant and nose guard Ryan Young were all named to the second team. Junior return specialist Nate Conner and defensive tackle Kiel Pierce were named honorable mention.
Rich and Sanchez each received their third all- conference honors by leading a JU offensive line which averaged 350 yards of total offense per contest, including 164.7 yards per game on the ground. Rich, a two-time All-America selection, and Sanchez were also key parts of the JU offense which produced a school-record 4,463 yards, including a school-record 2,103 rushing yards and 1,467 yards for Emmett Hunter in 2003.
The duo also paved the way for Brant who finished with a career-high 1,110 yards en route to a program- record 2,368 career yards, 11 100-yard performances and the second highest rushing total in a game (224 yards). Brant, who earns his second all-conference honor, set a program record by leading the squad in rushing for three consecutive seasons.
Young earned his first postseason accolade after anchoring the Dolphin defense with 33 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. The longest tenured member of the squad in 2006, Young played in 38 games (missing only one due to injury) and started in 26 contests.
Conner earns his second all-conference selection as a return specialist after averaging 21.1 yards per kickoff, including a season-high 41-yard return. He also averaged 9.3 yards per punt return, with a season-long 64-yards and ranked third in the conference with an average of 129.9 all-purpose yards.
Pierce, who received his first all-conference honor, teamed with Young on the defensive front and finished with 33 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, a pass break up and a forced fumble.