Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:02:00 GMT — Five West Texas A&M football players were named to the 2012 D2Football.com All-America team which was announced this week. Senior offensive lineman Manase Foketi and junior defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks earned first team honors, while senior running back Khiry Robinson and junior quarterback Dustin Vaughan were second team selections. Junior kicker Sergio Castillo, Jr., earned honorable mention honors. The Buffs, along with national champion Valdosta State and Missouri Western each had five selections to lead the 65 representing schools. Missouri Western running back Michael Hill earned Offensive Player of the Year honors, while defensive tackle Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern was named Defensive Player of the Year. Valdosta State head coach David Dean was named Coach of the Year for the second time. Foketi, a native of Hesperia, Calif., came to WT after graduating from Kansas State. Foketi started all 15 games on the offensive line and earned Daktronics First Team All-America honors, as well as a finalist for the Gene Upshaw award. He also was named to the American Football Coaches Association First Team and was invited to the East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 19, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Foketi helped lead the Buffaloes to a 12-3 season and the schoolâ??s first berth in the NCAA Semifinals. He earned Don Hanson All-Super Region Four first team honors. Westbrooks, a native of San Leandro, Calif., and Sacramento City CC, had an outstanding first season in a Buffalo uniform as he spearheaded the top pass rush in NCAA Division II as he recorded a school-record 19.5 sacks and 28 tackles for loss. The 6-4, 275-pound defensive lineman was named the Ron Lenz Daktronics Division II National Defensive Player of the Year and Super Region Four Defensive Player of the Year. Westbrooks was named Don Hanson All-Super Region Four Defensive Player of the Year and earned first team honors and he was the Lone Star Conferenceâ??s J.V. Sykes Defensive Player of the Year honors, while totaling 60 total tackles. His 28 tackles for loss were for 139 yards and his 19.5 sacks accumulated 116 yards. Vaughan, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Calallen High School, had another outstanding season as he was one of eight finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy and was named Capital One/CoSIDA Division II Student-Athlete of the Year. He finished the season with a career-high 4,712 passing yards which ranked third all-time in a single season, 45 touchdowns (second-most in a single season) as he was 359 of 555 and 13 interceptions for a 64.7 completing percentage and a 158.07 passing efficiency. Vaughan le the eighth-ranked passing offense nationally at 332 yards per game and the 12th-ranked total offense at 474.93 yards as both were tops in the Lone Star Conference. Individually, he ranked 10th in passing efficiency (158.07) and 10th in total offense at 323.4 yards. Vaughan had 8,124 career passing yards as he is third all-time. He is just 1,675 away from the school-record set by Taylor Harris (2007-2010). He has 70 touchdowns with 593 completions in 949 attempts (62.5) with 19 interceptions in just two seasons as the starting quarterback. He was named Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year, the LSC Academic Player of the Year and earned Daktronics Second Team All-Super Region Four honors. He also was a Don Hanson All-Super Region Four second team selection. Robinson, a native of Temple, Texas, and Blin JC, led the team and the conference with a school-record 1,621 yards on the ground in 13 starts this season. Robinson tallied 15 touchdowns as he averaged 124.7 yards per game ranking 13th nationally. He was 10th nationally in all-purpose yards as he average 173.23 per game. Robinson caught 38 passes for 430 yards and four touchdowns, while he had 19 punt returns for 175 yards and one kick return for 26 yards. He had 10 games of rushing over 100 yards, including a career-high 235 yards rushing in the Buffsâ?? 38-30 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Chadron State (Nov. 17). Robinson had a career-high four rushing touchdowns at Eastern New Mexico (Oct. 20) and tallied a season-high 90 yards receiving on six catches against Tarleton State (Sept. 29). Robinson was named LSC Running Back of the Year and earned first team all-conference. He also was a Don Hanson All-Super Region Four third team. Castillo Jr., a native of La Joya, Texas, had a sensational junior season as connected on 20 of 23 field goals, including two of over 50 yards and a career-long 56-yarder against Abilene Christian (Oct. 13). He finished the season tied for ninth nationally in field goals per game a 1.33. He was a perfect 16 of 16 in attempts of less than 40 yards. He averaged 8.6 points per game ranking 35th nationally.Heading into his senior year, he is 38 of 46 in field goals and 174 of 177 in extra points for 288 points as he ranked third all-time in school history in scoring, just six points behind Keithon Flemming (2007-2009) with 294 points. Castillo Jr., earned Daktronics First Team All-America honors. He was a first team all-conference selection and a first team Don Hanson Super Region Four selection. 2012 D2Football.com Individual Award Winners OffensivePlayer of the Year DefensivePlayer of the Year Coach of the Year Michael HillRunning BackMissouri Western Brandon WilliamsDefensive TackleMissouri Southern David DeanValdosta State 2012 D2Football.com All-America Team
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