Five Bearkats Named To Pre-Season All-America Squad

by Cheval John

With the 2012 football season less than two months away, the SHSU Bearkats are more focused than ever.

Along the way, they are receiving attention locally and nationally after a remarkable run at the national championship.

For example, five members of the team were named to the pre-season All-America squad by the Sports Network.

Here are the profiles of the five players named to the All-America squad:

Tim Flanders

In 2011, the junior running back set a single season Southland Conference record in rushing yards (1,644), touchdowns (24) and points scored (144) and was ranked nationally in scoring (No.4), rushing yards (No. 16) and all-purpose yards (No.24).

He was named to five All-America squads including the America Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press and finished 7th for the Walter Payton Award.

Richard Sincere

Though Sincere was a wide receiver, he was more of a utility player at best.

He was ranked third in the Southland Conference in rushing yards (979) and seventh in total points scored (78).

His best performance came in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs as he torched Montana State for 160 yards on 11 carries that propelled the Bearkats to a 49-21 beatdown over the Bobcats.

He received the nod for   “Offensive Player of the Year” by the Southland Conference and was named to the first-team All-America squad by College Sporting News.

Darnell Taylor

The Bearkat defense showed that defense do win championships and Darnell Taylor was one of the reasons why the defense deserved a share of the spotlight during the historic run.

Taylor led the team with 128 total tackles, the highest in one season since 1988.

He was named “Defensive Player of the Year” by the Southland Conference and made five All-America squads.

J.T. Cleveland

Cleveland is looking for a repeat performance from last year’s run.

The three-year letterman posted 46 tackles including nine that went for losses.

He was named to the All-America squad by Phil Steele Magazine in 2011 for his efforts.

Daxton Swanson

Swanson had a career-high eight interceptions, the most in school history.

His interceptions was also the most in the Southland Conference and ranked him third in the nation.

He was named second team in the All-Southland Conference and third team in the Associated Press and College All-America squad.

The first game to the 2012 season will begin on September 8 as the Bearkats host the University of the Incarnate Word at Elliot T. Bowers Stadium in Huntsville, Texas.

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Cheval John is the Founder and CEO of Vallano Media, LLC, a marketing agency which helps small to mid-sized businesses use social media correctly to build a loyal following and in the process become more profitable. Cheval is also the host of "What's The Word?" a podcast about finding out what inspires people to choose their respective careers and how social media impacted their lives and business. He is the author of two books including the Amazon Best-Seller, "8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn." He has spoken at Social Media Week Lima in Ohio and at Social Media Day Houston 2017 about topics around live streaming and podcasting. Cheval has been featured in media outlets like Ebony Magazine and was named a Houston Top 25 Social Media Power Influencer in 2016 and 2017.

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