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11 'Roos Named All-SAA

11 'Roos Named All-SAA

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Austin College football team was well represented in All-Southern Athletic Association voting, with 11 'Roos earning All-Conference recognition in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.

Colt Collins, Keegan Nichols, and Tyler James earned first team All-SAA honors and Evan Powell was a second team All-Conference pick. Jake Lacey, Conner Kramer, Maika Brinkerhoff, Drake Sanders, Connor Carnes, Segun Adekunle, and Darius Hypolite all earned honorable mention recognition.

Collins, a senior quarterback from Princeton, led the SAA with 2,280 passing yards and finished fourth with 742 rushing yards. Collins threw 14 touchdowns and added 14 more scores on the ground. Collins earned both SAA Offensive Player of the Week honors and Team of the Week recognition during the season.

Nichols, a sophomore linebacker from Cedar Park, led the conference with 90 tackles and finished second in the league with 20.5 tackles-for-loss, the second most in conference history. Nichols had 5.5 sacks, forced a fumble, and had an interception, and was recognized as the SAA Defensive Player of the Week as well as being named to the Team of the Week.

James, a sophomore punter from Wills Point, led the SAA with an average of 43.7 yards-per-punt with a long of 63 yards. James pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 17 times this season.

Powell, a junior running back from Carrollton, finished seventh in the conference with 512 rushing yards, averaging 6.8 yards-per-carry and scoring five touchdowns on the ground. He added 14 receptions for 141 yards and led the 'Roos with an average of 20 yards on kickoff returns.

Lacey, a sophomore from Princeton, and Kramer, a senior from Allen, anchored an offensive line that paved the way for 185.9 rushing yards-per-game, the second highest average in the SAA. The 'Roos finished second in the league in total offense as well, racking up 413.9 yards-per-game. 

Brinkerhoff, a freshman wide receiver from Princeton, led the 'Roos with 40 receptions and finished fifth in the league with 617 receiving yards. Brinkerhoff also caught five touchdown passes this season.

Sanders, a junior defensive end from Granbury, made 41 tackles including 9.5 tackles-for-loss, and was second on the team with 4.0 sacks. 19 of his tackles were solo stops, and he also had one fumble recovery.

Carnes, a senior linebacker from Mont Belvieu, made 51 tackles, including 23 solo stops. Carnes made 3.5 tackles-for-loss, including 1.5 sack, and had one forced fumble this season.

Adekunle, a senior cornerback from Houston, made 44 tackles this season, including 33 solo stops. He added a forced fumble, and also led the team with 10 pass breakups while blocking two kicks.

Hypolite, a senior safety from Houston, made 51 tackles, including 39 solo tackles. Hypolite had 2.0 tackles-for-loss, forced a fumble, had one interception and five pass breakups, and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown.