Improved Boxers score seven all-conference selections
- Forest Grove News-Times - Sports
Pacific players garner postseason honors, including a First Team All-NWC selection
In each of his first two seasons, wide receiver Jordan Fukumoto has provider the offensive spark for the new Pacific football program. League coaches have recognized his ability officially with selection to the 2011 All-Northwest Conference football team.
Fukumoto is Pacific's first All-NWC First Team selection since 1984, when the league's football teams joined the Columbia Football Association. He led a list of seven Pacific players selected to the All-NWC Team, which was announced last Wednesday.
Joining Fukumoto on the offensive side of the ball as honorable mention selections were quarterback T.C. Campbell, tight end Brian Taylor and kicker Moses Villareal-Gomez. Pacific's defensive honorable mention selections included defensive back Craig Bailey, safety Bryan Mills and defensive lineman Devin Lagorio.
'All of the young men honored exemplify the character and work ethic we look to build our football program around,' said Pacific head coach Keith Buckley. 'I am proud of the effort these guys, and our entire team, put in to advance Pacific football in year two and I look forward to adding to this list of honorees in coming years.'
Fukumoto ranked as one of the most exciting offensive players in the NWC, and he backed up his play with solid statistics. The sophomore ranked second in the NWC with 844 receiving yards and an average of 93.8 yards per game. His eight receiving touchdowns ranked third in the league and were the most for a Pacific player since 1988. Fukumoto finished the season ranked 33rd among NCAA Division III players in receiving yards per game and was tied for 62nd with 5.56 receptions per game.
'Jordan proved week in and week out that he should be considered one of the elite receivers in the Northwest Conference,' Buckley said. 'He is a complete player that works to better himself as a receiver every day, which bodes well for his continued growth and production over the next few years.'
Campbell continued to grow in his second year as quarterback, passing for 1,858 yards and 13 touchdowns. His pass efficiency rating of 141.1 ranked 47th among Division III quarterbacks.
Taylor earned honorable mention at tight end, finishing the season with 141 yards on 15 receptions and three touchdowns. Villareal-Gomez ended the year making 6 of 10 field goals and was 17 of 19 on point-after conversions.
Bailey started all nine games for the Boxers at cornerback and was a key part of the team's pass defense. He finished with 18 tackles, including 13 solo stops, and led the conference with 11 pass breakups.
Mills led Pacific and ranked eighth in the NWC with 62 tackles. He also ranked sixth in the league with 6.9 tackles per game and 35 solo tackles. Mills earned the national spotlight against Lewis and Clark on Oct. 1 when he returned a blocked point-after attempt 100 yards for a rare defensive two-point conversion. The play was selected by ESPN's SportsCenter as its Top Play of the Day.
Lagorio also played a key role in Pacific's defensive effort, coming up with 27 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss as a defensive lineman. He blocked the kick against Lewis and Clark that led to Mills' now famous 100-yard two-point conversion.