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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







Offensive

Player of the Year






Defensive

Player of the Year






Coach of the Year













Michael Hill

Running Back

Missouri Western





Brandon Williams

Defensive Tackle

Missouri Southern





David Dean

Valdosta State







2012 D2Football.com All-America Team







First Team













QB




Zach Zulli




6-2, 188, Jr.




Shippensburg







RB




Michael Hill




5-11, 205, Sr.




Missouri Western







RB




Franklyn Quiteh




5-10, 203, Jr.




Bloomsburg







WR




Chris Bowen




6-3, 215, Sr.




Wingate







WR




Jeff Janis




6-3, 215, Jr.




Saginaw Valley







TE




Adam Shiltz




6-4, 256, Sr.




Emporia State







OL





Manase Foketi





6-5, 320, Sr.





West Texas A&M







OL




Garrett Gilkey




6-7, 320, Sr.




Chadron State







OL




Garth Heikkinen




6-4, 315, Sr.




Minnesota Duluth







OL




Mark Jackson




6-6, 320, Sr.




Glenville State







OL




Ryan Schraeder




6-7, 305, Sr.




Valdosta State













DL




Zach Moore




6-6, 282, Jr.




Concordia-St. Paul







DL





Ethan Westbrooks





6-4, 275, Jr.





West Texas A&M







DL




Brandon Williams




6-3, 325, Sr.




Missouri Southern







DL




Ridge Wilson




6-4, 256, Sr.




West Alabama







LB




Carlos Fields




6-2, 220, Jr.




Winston-Salem







LB




Leron Furr




6-3, 235, Jr.




Fort Valley







LB




Kevin Lindholm




6-2, 220, Sr.




Chadron State







DB




Vernon Kearney




6-2, 185, Sr.




Lane







DB




Rontez Miles




6-1, 210, Sr.




California







DB




Dexter Moody




6-3, 200, Jr.




Albany State







DB




Don Unamba




6-1, 192, Sr.




Southern Arkansas













K




Ryne Smith




5-8, 180, Sr.




West Alabama







P




Taylor Accardi




6-2, 205, Sr.




Colorado Mines







AP




Tyron Laughinghouse




6-3, 175, Sr.




St. Augustine's













Second Team













QB





Dustin Vaughan





6-5, 220, Jr.





West Texas A&M







RB





Khiry Robinson





6-0, 220, Sr.





West Texas A&M







RB




Derrick Washington




6-0, 215, Sr.




Tuskegee







WR




Charles Johnson




6-3, 225, Sr.




Grand Valley







WR




Isaiah Voegeli




6-0, 185, Sr,




Merrimack







TE




David Pawelek




6-3, 230, Sr.




Colorado Mines







OL




Brian Clarke




6-3, 290, Jr.




Bloomsburg







OL




Ryan Jensen




6-6, 300, Sr.




CSU-Pueblo







OL




Edmund Kugbila




6-5, 347, Sr.




Valdosta State







OL




Eric Kush




6-4, 305, Sr.




California







OL




Tim Lelito




6-4, 315, Sr.




Grand Valley













DL




David Bass




6-5, 275, Sr.




Missouri Western







DL




Ben Pister




6-4, 280, Sr.




Missouri Western







DL




Ty Powell




6-3, 250, Sr.




Harding







DL




Chris Schaudt




6-4, 270, Jr.




Minnesota State







LB




Jeremy Aguilar




6-1, 235, Sr.




Texas A&M-Kingsville







LB




Nate Dreiling




6-4, 229, Jr.




Pittsburg State







LB




Cory Johnson




5-10, 240, Sr.




Catawba







DB




Pierre Desir




6-2, 206, Jr.




Lindenwood







DB




Brandon Dixon




6-0, 195, Jr.




Northwest Missouri







DB




Jeff Heath




6-1, 215, Sr.




Saginaw Valley







DB




Jack Moro




5-11, 190, Jr.




St. Cloud













K




Sam Brockshus




5-10, 190, Jr.




Minnesota State







P




Randy Weich




6-2, 250, Sr.




Wayne State (Neb.)







AP




John Brown




5-11, 171, Jr.




Pittsburg State













Honorable Mention













QB




Taylor Housewright




6-2, 208, Sr.




Ashland







QB




Kevin Rodgers




6-3, 215, So.




Henderson State







QB




Kameron Smith




6-0, 180, Sr.




Winston-Salem







RB




Joe Glendening




5-10, 191, Sr.




Hillsdale







RB




Jordan Roberts




5-11, 225, Sr.




Charleston







RB




Rayon Simmons




5-10, 201, Sr.




Winona State







RB




Harvie Tuck




5-9, 215, Sr.




IUP







WR




Lemar Durant




6-2, 226, So.




Simon Fraser







WR




Mar'Quone Edmonds




6-2, 211, Sr.




Indianapolis







WR




Gerald Ford




6-3, 220, Jr.




Valdosta State







WR




Christopher Slaughter




6-3, 180, Sr.




Fort Valley







WR




Jason Thompson




6-3, 185, Sr.




New Haven







WR




Mike Williams




5-11, 185, Jr.




California







TE




Reggie Jordan




6-3, 235, Jr.




Missouri Western







OL




Macon Allen




6-4, 310, Sr.




Missouri Western







OL




Michael Bowie




6-5, 320, Sr.




Northeastern State







OL




Kevin Day




6-0, 270, Sr.




Carson-Newman







OL




Markus Lawrence




6-4, 290, Sr.




Winston-Salem







OL




Dan Matha




6-7, 310, Sr.




IUP







OL




Kaleb Myrick




6-3, 325, Sr.




Lenoir-Rhyne







OL




Ken VanHeule




6-4, 315, Sr.




Midwestern State







OL




Rod Williams




6-5, 300, Sr.




Northwest Missouri







DL




Armonty Bryant




6-4, 270, Sr.




East Central







DL




Richard Daniel




6-2, 255, sr.




Wayne State (Neb.)







DL




Brad Davis




6-1, 245, Sr.




Elizabeth City







DL




Rufus Johnson




6-5, 257, Sr.




Tarleton State







DL




Jamie Meder




6-2, 304, Jr




Ashland







DL




Jake Metz




6-6, 247, Jr.




Shippensburg







DL




B.J. Stevens




6-2, 245, Jr.




California







DL




Larry Webster




6-7, 240, Sr.




Bloomsburg







LB




Jordan Campbell




6-0, 230, Sr.




New Mexico Highlands







LB




Jason Catchings




6-2, 233, Sr.




East Central







LB




Collin DeBuysere




6-4, 230, Sr.




Northwest Missouri







LB




Marcus Hall-Oliver




6-1, 220, Sr.




Minnesota State







LB




Corey Jones




6-2, 240, Sr.




Lane







LB




Chris Pope




6-1, 216, Jr.




Valdosta State







LB




Ronell Williams




6-1, 230, So.




West Chester







LB




Darius Wilson




6-1, 235, Sr.




Central State







LB




Tyler Zimmer




6-2, 235, So.




Seton Hill







DB




Malcolm Butler




5-11, 180, Jr.




West Alabama







DB




Nate DeJong




6-2, 210, Sr.




Northwest Missouri







DB




Johnny Franco




5-10, 205, Sr.




IUP







DB




Brian Gamble




6-0, 195, Jr.




Ashland







DB




Abdul Kanneh




6-1, 170, Sr.




New Mexico Highlands







DB




Matt Pierce




5-10, 196, Sr.




Valdosta State







DB




Jumal Rolle




6-0, 185, Sr.




Catawba







DB




Trelan Taylor




5-10, 195, Jr.




Chadron State







DB




Dajuan Williams




6-0, 182, Sr.




Fort Valley







K





Sergio Castillo





5-11, 175, Jr.





West Texas A&M







AP




Rondell White




5-10, 165, Jr.




West Chester






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