Texans get 16 players recognized in all-conference voting
Tarleton State had 16 total players, including three first-team selections, recognized as all-conference Thursday afternoon by the Lone Star Conference.
"I guess it goes to show how hard it is to make all-conference in this league," said head coach Cary Fowler. "I feel like we had several players that should have been in Player of the Year considerations. We have players, not only, at the top of statistical categories in our conference but are among the best in the nation and being named honorable mention. I guess that's what happens when you finish fourth in the conference and third in the tournament."
The only first-team selection was offensive guard Nick Perez for Tarleton, which ranked fourth and eighth in the nation in total offense and scoring offense, while Charles Moore and Devin Figures each earned first-team honors on the defensive side.
Tarleton had four selections to the second-team offense including OT Lucas Love, WR Clifton Rhodes III, FB Zach Henshaw and Bubba Tandy, who earned second-team honors as a return specialist.
Anthony Gonzales, who was top-40 in the nation in sacks and tackles for a loss and among the top three in the league in both categories, and DeAntrey Loche, who led the LSC in pass breakups, were named to the second-team defense.
Tarleton had seven players named honorable mention all-conference including C Will McLane, WR Bubba Tandy, WR Le'Nard Meyers and QB Collin Strahan from the offensive side and DT Juan Gonzalez, LB Alex Anderson and LB Marc Martinez, who was fourth in the league in tackles and led the nation in fumble recoveries, from the defense.
In addition to the on-field performances, Tarleton State also had three academic all-conference selections.
Charles Moore, who is currently one of 17 finalists in the nation for the National Football Foundation William V. Campbell trophy and a postgraduate scholarship of $25,000, earned academic all-conference as well as RB Cody Burtscher and Martinez.
"I feel like we could have had several more players here as well," said Fowler. "Our guys know the importance of academics and they do a great job in the classroom. That's something we take a lot of pride in. As a coach, that's what you should put your pride in. For some of these guys, football gives them an opportunity to earn a degree and I'm excited for these three guys."
Tarleton State finished the season with a record of 5-5 and finished fourth in the conference regular season standings and third-place in the newly-implemented LSC Football Playoffs.