LINDSBORG — Five Bethany College football players earned first-team KCAC honors, with one of them being honored on the elite team at two positions.
First-team Swedes were receiver Rodney Molette, offensive lineman Brooks Porter, linebacker Steven Williams and return man Kelton Evans. Tim Hill was picked first team both as a defensive back and return man.
No Swedes made the second team, while Quan Walter, Skyler Jones and Drake Wells received honorable mention.
• Molette, a sophomore from Manor, Texas, caught 42 passes for 693 yards and had eight touchdown receptions. He also rushed 17 times for 170 yards and two scores.
• Porter, a junior from Valencia, Calif., anchored an offensive line that gave up only 2.5 sacks per game.
• Williams, a Houston native, led the Swedes’ defensive pressure. He not only led the team in total tackles, 92, but also in solo tackles, 59. He recorded one sack, nine tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles and also had an interception which he returned for a touchdown against Friends.
• Hill made 43 tackles, 33 of which were solo, one for loss and also came up with two interceptions, which he returned for a team-high 52 yards. Hill was also incredible in the punt return game. He returned 16 kicks for 244 yards, an average of 15.3, and one touchdown. His long this season was for 70 yards. Hill ranked third in the NAIA in punt return yards per attempt, 15.3 yards, and 7th in total punt returns, 244.
• Evans, Hill's counterpart and a product of Manor High School in Austin Texas, was the first-team kickoff returner. He returned 17 for 456 yards, an average just shy of 27 yards per attempt. He also returned one kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown against Kansas Wesleyan University. Evans was 10th in the nation in kickoff return yards per attempt, 26.8 yards.
• Walter, a freshman from Fort Worth, received honorable mention at linebacker. He recorded 84 total tackles, second best on the team, and 50 solo tackles, also second best on the team. He also led the Swedes with 17 tackles for loss and had three sacks.
• Jones also was named honorable mention at the defensive line position. He notched 30 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and had 1.5 sacks. Jones was a senior from New Orleans.
Wells was second on the team in total points scored. He rushed for nine touchdowns and ran for 391 yards. He also averaged 7.8 yards per rush. As a receiver Wells caught 15 passes for 156 yards.