Blue Devils land 7 on all-GGC first team

slynch@mercedsunstar.comNovember 27, 2012 

Things never came together for the Merced College football team.

But it wasn't for a lack of talent.

The team fell short of its goals, but there were many excellent individual efforts along the way.

The Golden Gate Conference recognized that with 17 Blue Devils receiving postseason honors.

MC had seven players named to the league's first team, led by wide receiver Tyrell Vinson.

The sophomore led the Blue Devils with 50 receptions for 887 yards and six touchdowns.

Vinson was also a dangerous return man, averaging 26 yards per kick return.

He was named to the Golden Gate Conference first-team offense as well as the league's best all-purpose player and return man.

Vinson was one of four Devils named to the offensive first team.

He was joined by fellow receiver Carlos Smith (24 catches, 381 yards, 2 TDs) and sophomore linemen Adolphus Barnes and Wayne Carter.

MC placed three players on the defensive first team, led by its linebackers.

Darius Lamar (102 tackles, 1½ sacks, 2 interceptions) and Brad Avila (90 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions) finished 1-2 on the team for tackles.

Defensive lineman Adron Collins (50 tackles) led MC with 5½ sacks and 12 tackles for a loss.

"For a team that didn't do that well in the standings, we were well represented," MC head coach Bob Casey said. "Vinson played great all season and it was nice to see him rewarded.

"Smith has made big catches for us for two years, so it was really nice that he was there also.

"I thought our linebackers were outstanding all season and really deserved to get named as well.

"Collins was really good in the last couple games and I think that pushed him over the top."

Merced also had 10 players who received honorable mentions nods.

Isaac Diaz, Jarrod Mounce, Anthony Chollette and Sione Tangamoa were all named to the defensive team.

Corey Chapman, Taj Brown, Trent Goiburn, Jarrell Davis and Iman Kelly made the offensive team.

Sophomore Daniel Mouro also received an honorable mention as a kicker/punter.

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