4 Bulldogs Named NJCAA All-Americans


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — Four sophomore members of the three-time SWJCFC Champion Navarro Bulldogs were named in some capacity Wednesday to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s 2012 All-American Football Team.

Safety Thomas McDonald (6-4, 170) claimed second-team honors, while team-leading rusher Traylon Shead (6-2, 225), team-leading receiver Gerard Shillow (6-3, 245) and defensive tackle Terrell Brooks were honorable-mention selections. All four players were among six named to the All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference first team after helping the Bulldogs to their sixth straight season of 10 or more victories.

McDonald led Navarro’s defense with 70 tackles during its first 11 games.

Shead, who recently committed to Southern Methodist University, rushed for team highs in rushing yardage (1194) and touchdowns (17) as the 2012 Bulldogs became the highest-scoring team in school history.

Shillow, a product of Round Rock Stony Point High School, bounced back from Louisiana Tech to start two years at Navarro. The tight end led Navarro with 33 receptions, 482 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Brooks accumulated 46 tackles and 11 tackles for losses during the 2012 season.

Iowa Western quarterback Jake Waters and wide receiver Deon Long highlight the NJCAA first-team offensive selections.  The duo helped the Reivers to the 2012 NJCAA Football Championship in the program’s fourth year of existence. Waters, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, set a new NJCAA single-season record for completion percentage (733.3%) as he connected on 244-of-333 pass attempts.  He also led the nation in touchdown passes (39) and passing yards (3,501).  Long, a sophomore from Washington, D.C., was Waters’ favorite target, which helped him set new NJCAA single-season records for receptions (100) and touchdown receptions (25) and was 14 yards shy of setting a single-season reception yardage mark (1626).

Four conference MVPs headline the first-team defensive All-Americans: linebackers Shawn Johnson of Northland, Charles Woods of Kilgore, Martrell Spaight of Coffeyville and lineman Ofa Hautau of Snow.  The linebacking trio all ranked in the top five nationally in total tackles.