Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Baptiste Named Daktronics All-American

BROOKINGS, SOUTH DAKOTA – Texas A&M-Kingsville senior linebacker Tressor Baptiste (New York, NY/Curtis HS) was named to the 2010 Daktronics Football All-America Second Team on Tuesday.
Baptiste headlined a Javelina defense that finished first in the nation in rushing defense allowing only 57.0 yards per game.  He led the team with 40 solo tackles and three forced fumbles.  He finished the year with 66 tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss.  As a unit, the defense finished sixth in total defense and 11th in scoring defense.
Central Missouri’s Eric Czerniewski topped NCAA Division II with 5,207 passing yards and 46 TD passes while leading the Mules to an 11-3 mark and a national quarterfinal appearance en route to being named the Ron Lenz Offensive Player of the Year.  The senior quarterback set new MIAA career marks with 12,874 passing yards and became the league’s total offense leader.  He threw for 300 yards 10 times in 2010.
Valdosta State’s Larry Dean led the Blazers to an NCAA Division II postseason appearance tallying 122 tackles in 11 games while becoming the Gulf South Conference’s career tackles record holder.  Dean eclipsed the old GSC mark by 25 tackles while besting the Valdosta State career mark of 340 previous held by Jessie Tuggle.  He was named the Ron Lenz Defensive Player of the Year.
The Lone Star Conference had four players earn first team honors while Baptiste was one of six LSC players to earn second team honors.
The All-America Team is in its 18th year of sponsorship by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), with online nomination and the voting process powered by AthleticSite.com.

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