The Louisiana College football program received an early Christmas present when it was announced on Christmas Eve that five members of the 2012 team, a new high water mark for the school, were named members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Team.
Ryan Montague, in his first season as LC's primary, workhorse ball carrier, was a 1st Team selection. Senior offensive linemen Darin Moore and Jeremy Vujnovich, along with senior receiver D'Mario Parker and defensive lineman Peter "Phil" Ford were named 2nd Team selections.
Montague had one of the finest seasons in school history for a running back, as he became just the second player in Wildcat history to run for over 1,000 yards in a season, joining Wayne Davis in 2003. He finished the year with 1,110 yards on 224 carries and 13 touchdowns (which also tied Davis' school record from 2003).
Moore and Vujnovich, two mainstays on LC's offensive line for the last three seasons, finish their careers as perhaps the best guard/tackle combo in school history.
Moore, one of the nation's most feared run blockers, helped paved the way for Montague's huge season on the ground. He is also a two-time 1st Team All-ASC selection as well as a 2nd Team All-Region selection in 2012 by D3Football.com.
Vujnovich, who LC offensive line coach Mike Richard considers the most athletic offensive lineman he's ever coached, helped give Jamie Bunting time to throw for 3,090 yards, only the third 3,000 yard passing season in school history. Vujnovich's ability to protect Bunting's blindside gave the senior quarterback time to connect with Cortland Bell, Kyle Galyon, and D'Mario Parker for over 700 yards a piece: The first trio of 700 yard receivers in school history.
Vujnovich, like more, is also a two-time 1st Team All-ASC selection and a 2ndTeam All-Region selection in 2012 by D3Football.com.
Parker, the senior receiver from Shreveport, adds to his extensive list of postseason honors after leading the ASC with 70 catches for 1,046 yards.
Along with being a 2nd Team All-Louisiana selection, Parker was also named 1stTeam All-ASC, 1st Team All-Region, and 2nd Team All-American. He also garnered ASC Player of the Week after his school record 261 yard receiving performance against Mississippi College on November 3rd.
LC's lone defensive player on the team, Ford became the school's all-time leader in both sacks (20.5) and forced fumbled (10) in 2012 after another nice campaign.
The New Orleans native finished the season with 60 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception.
Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron brought home Offensive Player of the Year, while LSU linebacker Kevin Minter and UL-Monroe head coach Todd Berry were named Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.
LSWA ALL-LOUISIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
OL/Arinze Agada/McNeese/Jr./Houston, Texas/All-SLC 1st Team, 11 starts
OL/Josh Dworaczyk/LSU/Sr./New Iberia, La./All-SEC HM, Sixth-year senior
OL/Andre Huval/Louisiana-Lafayette/Jr./Scott, La./All-SBC 2nd Team, 25 straight starts center
OL/Oscar Johnson/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Crystal Springs, Miss./All-WAC 1st Team, 8th nation sacks allowed
OL/Stephen Warner/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Ruston, La./All-WAC 1st Team, 8th nation sacks allowed
TE/Nick Scelfo/Nicholls State/So./Baton Rouge, La./All-SLC 2nd Team, 22 recept., 300 yds, 2 TDs
WR/Brent Leonard/ULM/Sr./Keller, Texas/All-SBC, 1st Team, 97 recept., 1,042 yds, 10 TDs
WR/Quinton Patton/Louisiana Tech/Sr./LaVergne, Tenn./All-WAC, 1st Team, 104 recept., 1,392 yds, 13 TD
RB/Kenneth Dixon/Louisiana Tech/Fr./Strong, Ark./WAC FOY, CBS Frosh A-A, 200 rushes, 1,194 yds, 27 TD
RB/Ryan Montague/Louisiana College/So./New Orleans, La./AASWC 1st Team, 224 rushes, 1,110 yds, 13 TD
QB/Colby Cameron/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Newbury Park, Calif./WAC POY, 359-of-522, 4,147 yds, 31 TD
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL/IK Enemkpali/Louisiana Tech/Jr./Pflugerville, Texas/All-WAC 1st Team, 32 TT, 6.0 Sacks
DL/Barkevious Mingo/LSU/Jr./West Monroe, La./All-SEC 2nd Team, 33 TT, 4.0 Sacks
DL/Sam Montgomery/LSU/Jr./Greenwood, S.C./2nd Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 32 TT, 7.0 Sacks
DL/Emeka Onyenekwau/Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./New Orleans, La./All-SBC 1st Team, 37 TT, 6.5 Sacks
LB/Lamin Barrow/LSU/Jr./Marrero, La./92 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 FR
LB/Kevin Minter/LSU/Jr./Suwanee, Ga./2nd Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 111 TT, 3.0 Sacks
LB/Derek Rose/Northwestern State/Sr./New Orleans, La./All-SLC 1st Team, 103 TT, 1 FR, 3 PBU
DB/Robert Alford/Southeastern La./Sr./Hammond, La./2nd Team A-A, All-SLC 1st Team 39 TT, 4 Int.
DB/Craig Loston/LSU/Jr./Aldine, Texas/All-SEC 2nd Team, 48 TT, 3 Int, 1 TD
DB/Jemarlous Moten/Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Leland, Miss./All-SBC 1st Team, 59 TT, 3 Int, 2 FF
DB/Eric Reid/LSU/Jr./Geismar, La./1st Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 81 TT, 2 Int.
FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS
K/Cairo Santos/Tulane/Jr./St. Augustine, Fla./Lou Groza Winner, 21-21 FG, 14 from 40 +
P/Ryan Allen/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Salem, Ore./2011, 2012 Ray Guy Winner, 48.0 aver., 20 of 45 inside 20
RS/D.J. Banks/Louisiana Tech/Jr./West Monroe, La./All-WAC 1st Team, 39 KO, 1,044 yds, 1 TD; 20 P, 120 yds
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Colby Cameron, QB, Louisiana Tech
Voting – Cameron 21; Kolton Browning, ULM 3; Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette, 1
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Voting – Minter 21, Derek Rose Northwestern State 2; Robert Alford, Southeastern 1; Eric Reid, LSU 1 (write-in vote)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
Voting – Dixon 21; Jeremy Hill, LSU 3; Xavier Robinson, Southeastern, 1
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – Terrance Broadway, QB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Voting – Broadway 23; Billy Johnson, Tulane 2
COACH OF THE YEAR – Todd Berry, ULM
Voting – Berry 18; Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech 5; Les Miles, LSU 2
Second Team Offense
OL – Leonardo Bates, Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., New Orleans, La.; La'el Collins, LSU, So., Baton Rouge, La.; P. J. Lonergan, LSU, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Darin Moore, Louisiana College, Sr., Ponchatoula, La. ; Jeremy Vujnovich, Louisiana College, Sr., Belle Chasse, La.
TE – Jeremy Meyers, Southeastern Louisiana, So., Baton Rouge, La.
WR – Ryan Grant, Tulane, Jr., Beaumont, Texas; D'Mario Parker, Louisiana College;
RB – Jeremy Hill, LSU, Fr., Baton Rouge, La.; Marcus Wiltz, McNeese, Jr., Cecilia, La.
QB – Kolton Browning, ULM, Jr., Mabank, Texas
Second Team Defense
DL – Everett Ellersen, McNeese, So., Madisonville, La. ; Peter "Phil" Ford, Louisiana College, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Austen Jacks, Tulane, Sr., Winter Park, Fla.; Bennie Logan, LSU, Jr., Coushatta, La.
LB – Justin Anderson, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Foley, Ala.; Jordan Piper, Nicholls, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Devan Walker, Southeastern, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.
DB – Terence Cahee, McNeese, Jr., Westlake, La.; Isaiah Newsome, ULM, Jr., Petal, Miss.; Tharold Simon, LSU, Jr., Eunice La.; Jamaal White, Northwestern State, Sr., Garland, Texas.
Second Team Specialists
K – Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette – Sr., Brandon, Miss.
P -- Brad Wing, LSU, So., Melbourne, Australia
RS – Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU, Jr., So., New Orleans, La.
Offense – OL -- Josh Allen, ULM, Jr; Billy Johnson, Tulane, Gr.
Defense – DL – Christian Ringo, Louisiana-Lafayette, So. LB – Joe Narcisse, McNeese, Sr.