All Americans

Written by Eric 'WizKid' Odom. Posted in Local Sports, Sports

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SHSU Bearkats' Tim Flanders - 2012 NCAA Division I National Championship - Pizza Hut Park - Frisco, TX - Jan 7, 2012 (Courtesy DJ Shafer)

Published on December 12, 2012 by Eric 'WizKid' Odom

GoBearkats.com Safety Darnell Taylor, running back Timothy Flanders and defensive end Andrew Weaver have been named to the 2012 Associated Press NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-America squad.

Taylor is a first team selection while Flanders and Weaver both were named to the AP third team.

Taylor, a safety from Mesquite, has totaled 94 tackles, including 64 solos, two sacks, two interceptions, five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in Sam Houston State’s 13 games.

The Bearkats have reached the national semifinals for the second consecutive season, winning the Southland Conference with a 6-1 league mark and earning a number 5 national ranking with a 10-3 overall record.

Flanders, junior running back from Midwest City, Okla., is the Southland Conference “Player of the Year” for the second consecutive season.

He has been the Southland’s leading rusher the past two years. The junior stands as Sam Houston’s all-time rushing leader with 705 carries for 3,950 yards and 52 touchdowns. He has produced 24 100-yard rushing performances in his career, a total that includes a school record nine 100-yard games this year.

Weaver, junior from Waco High School, has been a key figure in the Bearkat squad that ranked No. 7 nationally in rush defense and No. 9 in total defense. Sam Houston led the Southland Conference in 2012 in rushing, scoring and total defense.

He has totaled 24 tackles including six for losses and four quarterback sacks.

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