For Release: (Immediately: Nov. 20, 2012)
Springfield, Mo. – Evangel wide receiver Jesse Vaughn was named the Heart of America conference Offensive Player of the
Year and 18 Crusaders were selected to the all-conference team in a vote of league coaches.
Vaughn, a junior from Houston, Texas, led the conference set an Evangel single season record for receiving yards with 1,258. His 114 yards per game average is fourth best nationally in the NAIA. Vaughn had 59 receptions, the second most in the conference and his 8 touchdowns were the third most by a wide receiver in the HAAC. He was also named a First Team all-conference performer.
Vaughn’s award is Evangel’s first such award since Brett Mitchell was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2002.
Joining Vaughn on the First Team all-conference list is Keith Wright and Otis Brown. Wright, a senior offensive
lineman from Mount Vernon, started every game for the Crusaders at center and was in his fourth year as a starter. Brown was a First Team selection at the “Athlete” position as he played both running back and wide receiver. The sophomore from Gainesville, Florida ranked in the league’s top 20 in rushing yards per game (59 ypp) and receiving yards per game (39 ypp).
The three First Team selections marks the first time since 2009 Evangel has had any players named to the First Team
all-conference list and the three are the most to land as First Team selections by the Crusaders since five won honors in 2005.
Second Team all-conference selections included: WR Mitch McHenry (Sr., Republic, Mo.), RB Tommy Meyer (Sr., West
Plains, Mo.), K Drew O’Cain (Sr., Colorado Springs, Col.) and CB Cam Bruffett (Jr., Fair Grove, Mo.). Meyer earned his fourth career all-conference honor, O’Cain and Bruffett earned their third career award. McHenry was in his first
football season having played basketball for four years.
Third Team all-conference picks included: OL Tyler Preffett (Sr., Fair Grove, Mo.), RB Otis Brown (Soph., Gainesville,
Fla.), QB Andrew Brimhall (Jr., Cordova, Tenn.), DL Ell C. Teycer (Soph., Houston, Tex.), LB Jamail Randle (Sr., Houston, Tex.) and LB Zach Reed (Jr., Marshfield, Mo.). Brown made the all-conference list twice landing on the First Team as an “Athlete” and Third Team at RB. Preffitt and Randle earned their third all-conference selections.
Honorable mentions included: Taber Cheo (Sr., Mission Viejo, Calif.), S Denzel Billy (Jr., Houston, Tex.), LB Steve
Swillum (Sr., Mount Vernon, Mo.) WR Shawn Herbert (Soph., Youngsville, La.) and OL Colin McCage (Fr., Spring, Tex.).
The Crusaders finished 7-4, 6-3 in the Heart of America conference and ranked 23rd nationally in the final NAIA poll.
For additional information, contact:
Kevin Kennedy, Evangel University Athletics, (417) 865-2815, ext. 7260