Co-Lin players receive post-season honors
JACKSON – Nine members of the Copiah-Lincoln Community College football team received postseason recognition from the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Defensive end Paul James III was named NJCAA Region 23 Defensive Most Valuable Player, MACJC Most Valuable Defensive Lineman and First Team All-State. James accounted for 47 tackles, 14 sacks, (66 yards), 22 tackles for loss (99 yards) and one fumble recovery in nine games for the Wolfpack. He is tied for fifth nationally in sacks.
Named to the MACJC All-State First Team in the South were Dayall Harris, Kent Flowers, Lekedric Lee and Lashard Durr.
Harris, a 6-3, 185 wide receiver from Ridgeland, had 45 catches for 546 yards and three touchdowns this season. He originally signed with Ole Miss.
Flowers, a 6-5, 310 freshman from Hollendale, helped anchor the offensive line this season. He originally signed with Mississippi State out of high school.
Lee, a 5-11, 210 sophomore running back from McComb, was a workhorse this season despite missing the last two games of the season with a hand injury. He led the Wolfpack in all-purpose yards with 1,021. Lee led the team in rushing with 142 carries for 710 yards and eight touchdowns. He was second on the team in receiving with 32 receptions for 271 yards and two touchdowns.
A 6-0, 180 sophomore defensive back from Gulfport, Durr accounted for 32 total tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, one fumble return for a 78-yard touchdown and 11 pass break-ups. He also returned 10 kickoffs for 288 yards for an average of 28.8 yards.
Named to the MACJC All-State Second Team in the South were Derrick McClelland, Garrett Kruczek, Deshon Cooper and Marico Page.
McClelland, a 6-6, 300, sophomore offensive lineman from Decatur, was solid on the offensive line this season for the Wolfpack.
Quarterback Garret Kruczek, a 6-2, 185 red-shirt freshman from Winter Park, Florida, completed 202-of-326 passes (62 percent) for 2,336 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.
Cooper, 6-3, 240 sophomore defensive end, accounted for 16 tackles, 11 sacks (45 yards), 11 tackles for loss (45 yards) and a fumble recovery.
Sophomore linebacker Marico Page (6-2, 225) from Walls, was tied for second on the team with 47 tackles. He had two sacks (14 yards), two tackles for loss (14 yards) two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
The Wolfpack finished the season ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA poll with a 7-2 record.