COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Three members of the Navarro Bulldogs football team were named in some capacity to the 2014 NJCAA D-I All-American squad released Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Southwest Junior College Football Conference MVP running back Ke’Aun Kinner, on the heels of a season in which he rushed for 253-1696-22, was named as a first-team All-American — the first from Navarro since 2011 when wide receiver Marquez Clark earned the honor.
Two other sophomore members of coach Brian Mayper’s 7-3 Bulldogs were selected as second-teamers: offensive lineman Maurice Porter and defensive end Quincy Vasser.
Kinner, Porter and Vasser give Navarro NJCAA All-Americans for the ninth consecutive season, and multiple single-season selections five times in the last eight years.
Porter and Vasser give Navarro five second-team honors in the last four seasons, joining running back Tim Wright (2013), defensive back Thomas McDonald (2012) and defensive lineman Calvin Barnett (2011).
Porter is the first offensive lineman to earn All-American honors since guard David Grant (2009), Roy Watts (2008) and J’Marcus Webb (2007).
All time, a total of 81 Navarro football players have earned NJCAA All-American honors, including 40 first-teamers, 19 second-teamers and 22 honorable-mention selections.
The awards come on the day before the mid-term junior college football signing period opens. All three NC awardees are planning to sign with four-year programs and transfer now, or possibly after the spring semester.