With the completion of its 2012 regular season, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference released its football honors list Monday, which held a distinct Saint Mary flavor.
Overall, the University of Saint Mary had 13 individuals recognized for their efforts on the field this past year.
Leading that group was quarter Mike Keese, a senior from Olathe. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound hurler was given a first-team offense selection as well as the KCAC Offensive Player of the Year award. Keese threw for 26 touchdowns and 3,189 total yards, an average of 290 per game, for the season.
Joining him on the first team was wide receiver Jerrell Young, a junior from Portland, Ore., who had 72 catches for 971 yards and averaged nearly 100 yards receiving per game.
Six Spires were presented second-team distinction. Offensively, running back Will Ryan from Easton, wide receiver Ronnie Cooper from Plano, Texas, and Sean Santillan of Bakersfield, Calif., were honored.
Defensively, lineman Vincent Ta’ala from Pago Pago, American Samoa, defensive back Eli Amador of New Waverly, Texas, and Cris Basch from Las Vegas were also tabbed.
Concluding Saint Mary’s honorees were five players selected for KCAC honorable mention. Evan Hearn from Plainview, Texas was picked as a running back and punter, while David Harley (Sugar Hill, Ga.) was given the utility spot.
Offensive lineman Alan Gudka (Keenesburg, Colo.), wide receiver Alex Gomes (Cameron Park, Calif.) and defensive lineman Opetia Tuiava (Colorado Springs, Colo.) were chosen as well.