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NWCC center earns All-America honor

Sophomore center Austin Douglas of Northwest Mississippi Community College was named to the 2012 NJCAA All-American Second Team Wednesday.

Douglas became the second NWCC offensive lineman in as many seasons (Donald Hawkins) to be named an NJCAA All-American, giving Northwest consecutive All-American linemen for the first time since the 1999-2000 seasons.

A two-time first team All-MACJC selection, Douglas played and started in all 17 career games for the Rangers, only missing two during the 2012 season due to an ankle injury.

Douglas graded out the highest of any offensive lineman as a freshman, and continued his role as a vocal leader and teammate in a solid sophomore campaign. NWCC ranked in the top five nationally in total offense each of Douglas’ two seasons, including 485.4 yards per game his freshman year and 434.1 yards this season. The Rangers averaged just under 200 yards per game on the ground both seasons.

NWCC closed the season 8-2 overall, earned its first first bowl win in 20 years and finished ranked ninth in the final NJCAA poll. (December 13, 2012, Page 9)

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