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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

      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

      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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