(November 15, 2012) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team earned a number of accolades from the American Southwest Conference on Thursday.
Linebacker Javicz Jones was voted Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, offensive guard Michael Coles was voted ASC Offensive Lineman of the Year, offensive tackle Sam Maxie was named to the ASC Outstanding Sportsmen of the Year Team and head coach Pete Fredenburg was named ASC Co-Coach of the Year.
The Cru also claimed a total of 18 spots on the ASC All-Conference Team.
Jones, a senior linebacker from Katy Morton Ranch High School, leads the Cru and the ASC with 96 total tackles and six interceptions. He also has 7.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumbles recoveries and a blocked kick. Jones became the first player in UMHB or ASC history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game and also became the leading tackler in school and conference history this season. He has four total touchdowns on the year and also recorded a safety. Jones was also voted to the All-Conference First Team at linebacker.
Coles, a senior offensive guard from San Antonio Stevens High School, was the highest-grading lineman for an offense that is averaging 315.5 rushing yards and 536.9 yards of total offense per game. UMHB has also allowed just ten sacks on the year. Coles was also voted to the All-Conference First Team at offensive guard.
Maxie, a senior offensive tackle from Austin Bowie High School, joined Coles on the Cru offensive front line. He was voted to the ASC Outstanding Sportsmen Team and also claimed a spot on the All-Conference First Team at offensive tackle.
Running back Elijah Hudson and tight end Tyler Coker joined Coles and Maxie on the All-Conference First Team offense. Hudson, a junior h-back from Albany High School, has 489 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the season and has hauled in 19 passes for 271 yards and another score. Coker, a senior tight end from Salado High School, has six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown and is an outstanding blocker, as well.
Jones is joined on the All-Conference First Team defense by three teammates. Defensive tackle Silvio Diaz, a junior from Leander High School, has 39 tackles and leads the Cru with 13.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks on the season. Defensive end Korey Steward, a junior from Fort Worth Southwest High School, has 28 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He has also blocked two kicks on the season. Cru back Mike Maldonado, a senior from El Paso Del Valle High School, has 45 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and four pass break-ups on the year.
The Cru placed four players on the All-Conference Second Team Offense. Quarterback LiDarral Bailey, a senior from Bremond High School, has broken every UMHB passing record this season, hitting 141 of 200 passes for 1,931 yards and 20 touchdowns. Bailey also has 684 rushing yards and 11 more touchdowns on the ground. Wide receiver Geoff Myles, a senior from San Antonio Stevens High School, leads UMHB with 40 receptions for 635 yards and five touchdowns. Offensive tackle Rudy Montana Duncan, a junior from Mineola High School, is another talented member of the Cru offensive line. Running back Darius Wilson, a senior from Cy-Springs High School, leads the Cru with 688 rushing yards and has six touchdowns despite missing three full games with injury. Wilson also has 14 receptions for 126 yards and three TD’s.
The Cru had three players voted to the All-Conference Second Team Defense. Defensive end Michael Johnson, a sophomore from Kempner High School, has 29 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. Cornerback Brodrick Crain, a junior from Belton High School, has 52 tackles, three interceptions and a team-best seven pass break-ups. Punter Chad Peevey, a junior from St. Joseph’s High School in Bryan, is averaging 41.0 yards per punt and has 11 kicks of 50 or more yards on the season.
Three Cru players earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. Peevey was named Honorable Mention at placekicker. He has hit 9-17 field goals and 51-54 extra points on the season. Peevey has a long field goal of 48 yards and also handles kickoff duties for the Cru. Myles took Honorable Mention honors at kick returner. He is averaging 35.0 yards per kickoff return and 7.9 yards per punt return on the season and is the ASC’s all-time leader in punt returns. Free safety Cody Jones was named to the Honorable Mention defense. Jones, a junior from Hughes Springs High School, has 56 tackles, two interceptions and six pass break-ups on the year.
Pete Fredenburg was voted ASC Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career and for the third straight season. Fredenburg led the Cru to a third consecutive 10-0 regular season and UMHB won the ASC title for the tenth time overall with a 7-0 league mark. Fredenburg shares Coach of the Year honors with Louisiana College head coach Dennis Dunn.
This is the third ASC All-Conference selection for Bailey, Jones, Myles and Peevey. This is the second ASC All-Conference honor for Coles, Diaz, Hudson, Maxie, Steward and Wilson. The other UMHB players earned All-Conference honors for the first time. Sul Ross State University running back Dominique Carson was voted ASC Offensive Player of the Year. Texas Lutheran University kicker Allen Cain took Special Teams Player of the Year honors. Hardin-Simmons defensive tackle Undra Hendrix was named ASC Defensive Lineman of the Year. Texas Lutheran wide receiver Casey Davis and Hardin-Simmons wide receiver Jessie Ramos shared Freshman of the Year honors.
UMHB will advance to the NCAA Division III National Championships for the ninth straight year and the Cru will open the postseason with a 12:00 PM home game against ASC rival Louisiana College this Saturday at Tiger Field. The Cru has won at least one playoff game in each of the last eight years and UMHB joins Mount Union as the only two Division III programs in the country to have accomplished that feat.