Football places five on Pioneer Football League academic all-conference team

Dec. 21, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University football team had five players earn Academic All-Pioneer Football League honors, as voted by the head coaches of the PFL on Dec. 21.

Junior quarterback Chris Horton and sophomore defensive back Aaron Woods received first-team honors, while offensive lineman Pat Rich and David Locander earned second-team accolades. Sophomore fullback Jeremy Brown also made second-team academic all-PFL to round out the JU honorees.

Horton made his second appearance on the academic all-conference team after recording a career-best 1,899 passing yards and 15 touchdowns in 2006. His passing total was the third highest single-season mark in school history, while his touchdown total is second on the all-time list. He also tied a program-record with four touchdown strikes in the 31-7 victory over Butler on Sept. 23 to earn PFL Offensive "Player of the Week" honors.

Woods tallied 55 tackles (36 solo, 21 asst.) to rank fifth on the squad to receive his second consecutive academic all-PFL honor. He also had one interception and finished second on the team with seven pass deflections.

Rich, who was named to the all-conference team for the third time on Nov. 17, and Locander anchored the 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, along with Locander were 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.

Brown produced 70 yards and a score in his sophomore campaign, while also having a hand in Brant's records-setting season as his lead blocker in all year.