Led by sophomore offensive tackle Donald Hawkins, the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers placed three players on the 2012 NJCAA All-American team, which was released Monday.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Hawkins, who committed to sign with Texas last week, was named to the first team. Joining Hawkins on the team were wide receiver Lance Ray, who has committed to play at East Carolina and former South Panola standout David Conner.
Both Ray and Conner were named as honorable mentions. The three selections were the most for NWCC wince 2006 when offensive tackle R.J. Brisbon and defensive end DeVon Hicks were named to the first team and linebacker Marcus Johnson was named to the second team.
Hawkins didn’t give up a sack or a quarterback pressure in his two years, while he led the Rangers in blocking percentage (75) during the year.
Ray led the Rangers in all-purpose yardage average (118.3 per game) and 14 touchdowns. Conner finished the year with 73 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and three interceptions. (December 13, 2011, Page 7)