The SBU Bearcat football team gathered 10 All-Independents Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) honors when postseason awards were announced. Bearcat QB Steve Gachette led the way, as he was named ICAA Offensive Player of the Year.
Also honored by the ICAA as First Team selections were Gachette, WR Johnnie King, DL Clint Carroz and LB Jarred Schumpert. Second Team selections were RB Jeff Finnell, WR Jonathan Alvarado, K Justin Finch, RS (return specialist) Sean Kelley, and DB Tyrin Holt.
Sophomore quarterback Steve Gachette was named Offensive Player of the Year. He completed 59.8% of his passes for 3371 yards (306.45 per game) and 27 touchdown passes. He also rushed for 658 yards (59.82 pg) and six touchdowns and led the ICAA in total offense with 4029 yards (366.27 pg).
The ICAA is comprised of NCAA Division II independents in all sports, and in football consists of Lake Erie College, Lambuth, North Greenville, Oklahoma Panhandle State, Southwest Baptist, UNC-Pembroke and Urbana. All seven schools were represented on the 2008 All-ICAA Football squad. The squad and award winners were selected by ICAA Director Mike Bond.
The Bearcats’ record-breaking 2008 season included notching the most wins (5) in a season since 2001 and setting a school record for most points in a season (434). The Bearcats continued their record-setting streak of 44 games without being shut out. SBU also set school records for most offensive yards in a season (5391), and most passing yards in a season (3570).
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB – Steve Gachette, Southwest Baptist
RB – Kirk Hannah, Urbana
RB – Edward Robinson, Lambuth
WR – Johnnie King, Southwest Baptist
WR – Landon Talley, Lambuth
TE – Josh Throckmorton, UNC Pembroke#
OL – Keith Broderick, UNC Pembroke
OL – Craig Cross, Urbana
OL – Alex Dunwell, Urbana
OL – Kevin Inman, UNC Pembroke
OL – Quinton Jones, Oklahoma Panhandle State PK – Ryan Nanney, Lambuth P – Justin Hinson, UNC Pembroke# PR – Jason Conner, Urbana KR – Jamal Williams, UNC-Pembroke RS – Darryl Brister, Oklahoma Panhandle State
RS – Return Specialist; ! – 2007 1st Team; # – 2007 2nd Team
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL – Andre Bernardi, North Greenville
DL – Travis Brisco, Urbana
DL – Clint Carroz, Southwest Baptist
DL – Cedric Fisher, Lambuth
LB – Bill Finucan, Lake Erie
LB – Jarred Schumpert, Southwest Baptist
LB – Matt Warner, Oklahoma Panhandle State
DB – Xavier Boykin, North Greenville
DB – Jason Conner, Urbana
DB – Caylon Hann, UNC Pembroke
DB – Ben Lane, Oklahoma Panhandle State