16 Bearkats earn spots on All-SLC football team

Sixteen Sam Houston State players have been selected to the 2007 All-Southland Conference football team announced Tuesday, Nov. 20. The teams were selected by vote of the league’s head football coaches and sports information directors.

Tight end Blake Martin, offensive lineman Brandon Hall, defensive end Chris Brown, and defensive back Byran Richmond were all first team selections. Running back Chris Poullard, place kicker Taylor Wilkins, and linebacker Nolan Bucek were named to the All-SLC second team.

Quarterback Rhett Bomar, offensive linemen Brennan Williams, Ryan Dretke, and Hunter Schmidt, defensive linemen David Branch, Jerod Brown, and Eric Mikolajchak, defensive back Carlton Cobey, and punter Michael Capparelli were honorable mention selections.

The 16 players named all-league led Sam Houston State to a 7-4 overall season mark and a runner-up finish in the Southland Conference with a 5-2 league record. The Bearkats completed the season winning their final five games. The 7-4 record marks the seventh time in the Kat’s 21 years in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision that the Kats have won seven or more games in one season.

Martin, a senior from Hemphill, is one of only five tight ends in Bearkat history to gain more than 1,000 yards receiving. He caught 46 passes for 561 yards and two touchdowns during the 2007 season.

Richmond, a senior from Humble, was a two-time Southland “Defensive Player of the Week” during the 2007 season. He led the secondary with 86 stops.

Bomar, a junior from Grand Prairie, rolled up 2,209 yards passing and 406 yards rushing to rank as one of the nation’s leaders in total offense. Bomar threw 10 touchdown passes and ran for seven more scores.

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