Cecil Brown earned his third conference award of his career as he earned All-NSIC North Division Second Team.
The Minnesota, Crookston had five football players named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) teams as announced Tuesday afternoon. The Golden Eagle honorees were led by Richard Haley (Sr., RB, Detroit, Mich.), who was named to the All-NSIC North Division First Team for the second-consecutive season. Cecil Brown, Jr., (Sr., DB, Edison, Ga.) earned his third conference award of his career as he earned All-NSIC North Division Second Team. Jeremy Kelly (So., OL, Somerset, Wis.) was named All-NSIC North Division Honorable Mention for the second-consecutive season while Tevin Kellum (Jr., DB, Detroit, Mich.) and newcomer Ricky Jacobs (Jr., LB, Junction City, Kan.) each earned All-NSIC North Division Honorable Mention for the first time in their careers.
Haley accumulated 2,690 yards in two years for the Golden Eagles, ending his career second on the career rushing yards list to R.J. Rollins. Haley rushed for 1,134 this year on 238 carries, which was good for second in the league to NSIC Offensive Player of the Year Rayon Simmons of Winona State University. Haley scored six touchdowns this season and earned NSIC Offensive Player of the Week after notching 232 yards on the ground versus Southwest Minnesota State University. Haley saw his career end in fine fashion Saturday as he scored a last-second two-point conversion to send himself and eight other UMC seniors out with a victory over the University of Mary, 37-36.
Brown had the best single-season of his career in 2012 as he tallied 113 tackles, which was good for third in the league. In addition, Brown notched 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack and grabbed three fumble recoveries. The senior safety ends his career as the all-time leader in solo tackles as he surpassed Justin Reed’s record. He is also among the leaders all-time for assisted tackles, total tackles and came just 10 shy of Neil Austin’s record of 123 tackles in a single-season.
Jacobs burst onto the scene in his first year for the Golden Eagles after transferring from Independence Community College. The UMC linebacker was third on the team in tackles with 55 and also tallied 4.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, had two forced fumbles and broke up four passes. Jacobs will look to be one of the defensive leaders for the Golden Eagles next year.
Kellum was fifth on the team in tackles from his corner back position with 48, he had 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries and will also be looked to as a defensive leader for the Golden Eagles heading into his senior campaign.
Kelly has had a great start to his young UMC career with his second honor in his two-year stint. The UMC offensive linemen was a major part in helping Haley to his second year in a row with over 1,000 yards. Like Jacobs and Kellum, Kelly will be looked to as a leader for the Golden Eagles as a junior offensive lineman in 2013.
Simmons of Winona State was named Offensive Player of the Year for the league while Wayne State defensive end Richard Daniel was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Wayne State also tallied another accolade as running back Charlie Davidson was the league’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Minnesota State University, Moorhead safety Shea DeJong, who led the league in tackles, was the named the NSIC Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Aaron Keen, who served as acting coach for Minnesota State University, Mankato, and led the team to an undefeated record and the NSIC South Division title and NCAA Tournament berth, was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
St. Cloud State senior offensive lineman Andrew Anderson, a former Crookston Pirate, was named to the NSIC North Division All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.