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Sam Houston State claims Southland honors

Undefeated Southland Conference champion Sam Houston State claimed four of the six individual awards announced on Tuesday.

Bearkats' sophomore running back Tim Flanders was named the player of the year, while sophomore wide receiver Richard Sincere, who often operates out of the Wild Bearkat formation, and junior defensive back Darnell Taylor were named the offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively. Willie Fritz also was named the coach of the year.

The other two awards went to Southern Louisiana running back Jordan Wells and Stephen F. Austin defensive end Willie Jefferson, who were tabbed as the freshman and newcomer of the year, respectively.

2011 All-Southland Conference First Team

Offense

QB - Nathan Dick, Central Arkansas

RB - Tim Flanders, Sam Houston State

RB - Andre Anderson, McNeese State

HB - Richard Sincere, Sam Houston State

WR - Cordell Roberson, Stephen F. Austin

WR - Simmie Yarbough, Southeastern Louisiana

TE - Justin Aldredge, Northwestern State

OL - Travis Watson, Sam Houston State

OL - Chris Crockett, Sam Houston State

OL - Dominique Allen, Central Arkansas

OL - George Bias, Stephen F. Austin

OL - Alec Savoie, McNeese State

Defense

DL - J.J. Cleveland, Sam Houston State

DL - Desmund Lighten, McNeese State

DL - Jermayne Lett, Central Arkansas

DL - Willie Jefferson, Stephen F. Austin

LB - Will Henry, Sam Houston State

LB - Seth Allison, Central Arkansas

DB - Dranell Taylor, Sam Houston State

DB - Malcolm Bronson, McNeese State

DB - Bobby Felder, Nicholls State

DB - Kenneth Jenkins, Sam Houston State

DB - Darrell Jenkins, McNeese State

Specialists

K - John Shaughnessy, Northwestern State

P - Cory Kemps, Nicholls State

RS - Chika Madu, Nicholls State