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November 26th, 2008
Four Bobcats named to Southland football first team


They say strength up the middle is one of the keys to strength in sports. The Texas State football team’s offense is a case in point.

Four Bobcats were named to the All-Southland Conference first team this week, and three of them live right in the core of the offense. Among them are two key components to the running attack – senior center Jeff Bowen and senior fullback Blake Burton.

Sophomore running back Karrington Bush also made the first team after his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. Bush finished with 1,039 rushing yards to become the only sophomore on the offensive first team.

Bush also was named the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 36 yards in five kickoff returns in last Saturday’s 48-45 overtime win at Sam Houston State.

The victory gave Texas State its first outright Southland Conference championship in 22 years in the league.

Senior wide receiver Cameron Luke also went on the first team after making 68 catches for 1,193 yards.

Junior Quarterback Bradley George, who triggered the Bobcats’ run of six wins in their last eight games to qualify for the NCAA playoffs, received honorable mention from the league in a very strong year for quarterbacks. Central Arkansas took the first team designation and Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar was named to the second team.

The Bobcats put five players on the second team. Those players are redshirt freshman offensive lineman D.J. Hall, senior placekicker Andrew Ireland, senior defensive end Donavan King and senior defensive back Morris Crosby. Bush also was an All-SLC Second-Team selection as a punt returner.

Along with George, five other players were named honorable mention: senior tight end John Gilley, junior defensive end Travis Houston, senior linebacker Courtney Smith, junior linebacker Joe Bell and sophomore defensive back Kenneth Hampton.

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