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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Spires have 10 football players named All-KCAC

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  • The University of Saint Mary Spires football team had 10 players named all-conference by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) for their efforts on the field during the regular season. The award-winning Spires are: 1. Jerrell Young, a senior receiver from Portland, Ore., First Team All-Conference selection. 2. Alex Gomes, a junior receiver from Cameron Park, Calif., Second Team All-Conference selection. 3. Kaulen Pevan, a senior offensive lineman from Wasilla, Ala., Second Team All-Conference selection. 4. Bernard Bolden, a junior defensive back from Merced, Calif., Second Team All-Conference selection. 5. Dwain Taylor, a freshman linebacker from Houston, Second Team All-Conference selection. 6. Ukpono Udi, a senior defensive back from Riverside, Calif., Honorable Mention. 7. Kenny Nez, a freshman defensive back from Reno, Nev., Honorable Mention. 8. Alan Gudka, a junior offensive lineman from Keenesburg, Colo., Honorable Mention. 9. Will Ryan, a junior running back from Pleasant Ridge, Kan., Honorable Mention. 10. Ronnie Cooper, a senior wide receiver from Plano, Texas, Honorable Mention. Gomes and Bolden also made the Honorable Mention roster as a utility player and kick returner, respectively. "I am very proud of each one of these individuals,” said USM head football coach Lance Hinson. “They are very deserving of the recognition they received from our conference. “The seniors who were honored -- Kaulen, Jerrell, Ronnie and Udi -- will be hard to replace. But there are several younger guys that received recognition that we’ll count on for their leadership in the future.” The Spires finished the season with a 4-7 overall record and a 3-6 conference record. Saint Mary started the season with a 36-30 win at Oklahoma Baptist, but lost to Baker and at Tabor College in the next two games. The Spires then beat Bethany College 45-15 and won at Bethel College 45-37. Saint Mary would lose at Ottawa and then win 27-25 versus McPherson. The Spires would finish out the season with losses to Sterling, Southwestern College, Kansas Wesleyan and Friends. The Spires finished tied for seventh in the KCAC standings. First Team selection Young led the conference with 64 receptions and 14 touchdowns. He had two touchdowns in five of the Spires’ games this season, including on senior day against Friends.
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