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McMurry Football Receives NCCAA Post-Season Honors


GREENVILLE, S.C. – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) has released its 2012 All-NCCAA Football Team and McMurry University received a total of nine honors on the lists. The War Hawks went 8-3 this past fall and won the inaugural NCAA Division II C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl game.

2012 was McMurry University’s first season as a member of the NCCAA, as it also transitioned from NCAA III last year to NCAA Division II provisional status this season.

Named to the NCCAA’s 1st Team Offense were senior quarterback Jake Mullin and sophomore wide receiver Greg Livingston. Senior defensive back D.J. Baiza was a 1st Team Defense selection.

On 2nd Team Offense, senior center Kiefer Price was rewarded, as well. Baiza was also tabbed as the 2nd Team return specialist.

On 2nd Team Defense, freshman defensive back Ryan Williams earned a spot. Mullin was the 2nd Team punter, as well.

Senior defensive end Corey Hall was a member of the Honorable Mention Defense listing.

McMurry offensive coordinator – and recruiting coordinator – Mason Miller was selected as the NCCAA’s “Assistant Coach of the Year.”

Mullin – who finished his career as a War Hawk with every school passing and total offense record to his credit – had the most productive season of his career in the Maroon and White in the 2012 campaign. Mullin completed 370 of 534 pass attempts (69.3 percent), good for 3,478 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Mullin had a pass efficiency rating of 135.3 and averaged 316.2 yards per game through the air. He earned the NCCAA’s national “Player of the Week” award twice during the 2012 season.

Mullin was even more dangerous in the “Air Raid Offense” because of the fact he was also a deft punter that kept opposing defenses guessing. In 20 punt attempts, Mullin averaged 41.5 yards per punt, including a season-long effort of 62 yards. In all, he had seven punts of 50 yards or better.

Livingston shattered the McMurry season receptions record with 97 catches. He also became just the second McM player to ever surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a single season with 1,060 (10.9 yards per catch). He had a total of seven receiving TDs on the year and set a school single game record with 18 catches in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl victory.

Baiza led the War Hawks with four interceptions on the year, averaging 14.8 yards per return on the pilfered passes. Baiza racked up 29 tackles – 22 solo – and topped the club in passes defended (14) and blocked kicks (2). He also recovered two fumbles.

Baiza’s punt return prowess was also recognized, after a year in which he returned 18 punt returns for an average of 20.8 yards per return. He added to his on-going school record for punt return touchdowns, returning two for scores to raise his career total to five punt return TDs. He also returned four kickoffs for an average of 18.5 y.p.r.

Baiza’s secondary mate Williams was McMurry’s leading tackler with 87 total stops, 51 of the solo variety. Williams had three interceptions and a total of six passes defended. He also forced two fumbles and also earned an NCCAA “Player of the Week” honor once in 2012.

Price completed his fourth season – third as a starter – of snapping the ball to Mullin in 2012. Price was also responsible for calling the line blocking assignments in the War Hawks “Air Raid Offense.”

Hall was a one-man wrecking crew on defense with 7.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Hall rolled up 43 tackles, with four break-ups and four pressures. He forced three fumbles, recovered one and blocked a kick.

Miller was recognized as the NCCAA’s top assistant coach after another stellar season in which the McMurry offense continued its assault on the record books. Miller began as the War Hawks’ o-line coach in 2009 and took over offensive coordinator duties in 2011, while also overseeing McM’s wide-reaching recruiting efforts.

2012 All-NCCAA Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year: Brenden Chambers – Greenville College

Defensive Player of the Year: TJ Batchelor – Chowan University

Head Coach of the Year: Ordell Walker – Greenville College

Assistant Coach of the Year: Mason Miller – McMurry University

1st Team

Offense

Robbie Polacious – Azusa Pacific University – Offensive Line

Jordan Zeitler – Trinity Bible College – Offensive Line

Jeremy Burrows – Greenville College – Offensive Line

Chad McDaniel – Olivet Nazarene University – Offensive Line

Jabari Coleman Wilson – Chowan University – Offensive Line

Immanual Gable – Greenville College – Running Back

Terrell Watson – Azusa Pacific University – Running Back

Greg Livingston – McMurry University – Receiver

Daniel Beals – Trinity International University – Receiver

Jake Mullin – McMurry University – Quarterback

Josh Balzar – Northwestern College – Quarterback

Brenden Chambers – Greenville College – Athlete

Andrew Muzljakovich – Olivet Nazarene University – Kicker

James Gish – Southwest Assemblies of God University – Kicker

Barry Bighorn – Trinity Bible College – Returner

Defense

TJ Batchelor – Chowan University – Defensive Line

Josh Swore – Northwestern College – Defensive Line

Manako Tuifua – Azusa Pacific University – Defensive Line

Marevin Newkirk – Kentucky Christian University – Defensive Line

Blake Young – Campbellsville University – Linebacker

Jonathan Sharpe – North Greenville University – Linebacker

Dillon Goodell – Geneva College – Linebacker

Terrell Starckley – Bluefield College – Linebacker

Bryce Wright – Greenville College – Defensive Back

DJ Baiza – McMurry University – Defensive Back

Dominique Rogers – Trinity International University – Defensive Back

Nick Ekanem – Southwest Assemblies of God University – Defensive Back

Tyler Thornton – Azusa Pacific University – Defensive Back

David Strickland – Point University – Punter

2nd Team

Offense

Trendan Amuzie – Greenville College – Offensive Line

Dan McCormack – Malone University – Offensive Line

Blake Clowes – Kentucky Christian University – Offensive Line

Chancellor Hudson – North Greenville University – Offensive Line

Kiefer Price – McMurry University – Offensive Line

Ryan Frisen – Northwestern College – Offensive Line

Rance Hughes – Kentucky Christian University – Tight End

Chris Elliot – Trinity International University – Running Back

Zach Hayward – Geneva College – Quarterback

Jarrod Harrington – Campbellsville University – Receiver

Brian Lecheler – Northwestern College – Receiver

Corey O’Patchen – Geneva College – Receiver

Sedrick Johnson – Southern Nazarene University – Receiver

DJ Baiza – McMurry University – Returner

Defense

Demery Hawkins – Shorter University – Defensive Line

Stefen Byne – North Greenville University – Defensive Line

Isaiah Keyes – Kentucky Christian University – Defensive Line

Frank McCormick – Malone University – Defensive Line

Dylan Romera – Kentucky Christian University – Linebacker

Antoni Scasso – Malone University – Linebacker

Brenden Ruember – Olivet Nazarene University – Linebacker

Ethan Lane – Maranatha Baptist Bible College – Linebacker

Greg Pollard – Kentucky Christian University – Defensive Back

Ryan Williams – McMurry University – Defensive Back

Darius Skinner – Campbellsville – Defensive Back

Josh Bolzar – Northwestern College – Punter

Jake Mullin – McMurry University – Punter

Honorable Mention

Offense

Connor Leach – Northwestern College – Offensive Line

Chavez Lollie – Trinity International University – Offensive Line

Reid Golson- Southwestern Assemblies of God University – Quarterback

Justin McClean – Malone University – Receiver

Rocco Colavecchia – Geneva College – Athlete

Josh Skinner- Northwestern College – Running Back

Defense

Michael Hicks – Southern Nazarene University – Linebacker

Corey Hall – McMurry University – Defensive Line

Nick Reed – Campbellsville University – Linebacker

Logan Francis – Malone University – Defensive Back

Derek Mathewson – Trinity International University – Punter