Three Bulldogs selected NJCAA football All-Americans

Three Bulldogs selected NJCAA football All-Americans

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. — Three sophomore members of coach Cody Crill’s Navarro football team were selected Tuesday as NJCAA All-Americans.

Offensive tackle Levon Livingston and defensive back Benjie Franklin landed slots on the mythical first-team, and running back DeAndre Cook claimed a spot on the honorable mention list.

NJCAA FB All-AmericanLivingston, a Washington D.C. product who originally signed with The University of Kentucky, prospered during his two years here on an offensive line that helped to churn out 465 yards and 36 points per game in 2017.  Stock rises on the 6-foot-8 first-team All-SWJCFC lineman, who has more than a handful of scholarship opportunities at major Division I programs to consider.

Franklin, the SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Year, adds more post-season honors after a 2017 season when he made 62 tackles, 4 tackles for losses, picked off six passes and broke up 19 passing plays from the cornerback position.  His six interceptions ranked fourth in the NJCAA.

Cook led the Bulldogs in rushing (201-1133-14) and in all-purpose yardage (135.8 per game), and was second in scoring with 84 points.  The Arlington Bowie product gained more than 100-yards rushing in seven of 10 outings, including five straight to close the 10-game season.  Cook finished with a flurry in those final five outings, rushing 118-739-10 (6.3 pc) down the stretch as Navarro bounced back from a 1-3 start to qualify for the playoffs.

NC claimed 3 NJCAA Football All-American honors for the first time since 2014 when first-team running back Ke’Aun Kinner and second-team offensive lineman Maurice Porter and defensive end Quincy Vasser were honored.  Coincidentally, all three players played Big 12 Conference football.

The selection of Livingston and Franklin gave Navarro 2 NJCAA First-Team All-Americans for the first time since 2009 when linebacker Brad Graham and offensive lineman David Grant claimed those honors.

In all, Navarro football has produced 85 NJCAA All-Americans:  42 first-teamers, 19 second-teamers and 24 honorable mention selections.

Link:  2017 NJCAA All-American Football Team