Friday, November 18, 2016

Eight Lincoln Blue Tigers Named All-GLVC

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri --  Alex Templeton was named All-GLVC first team, leading eight members of the Lincoln football team who earned all-conference recognition on Thursday (Nov. 17).

Delvon Rouser, who was honored as an offensive utility player, joins linebacker Addison Tucker and defensive back Marvin Holley as All-GLVC second team honorees. Wide receiver Anthony Townsend, offensive lineman Miles Wallace, defensive lineman Noah Johnson and defensive back Lawrence Hogue were each selected All-GLVC honorable mention. Templeton additionally was one of nine recipients of the GLVC's James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award.

Templeton was 6-for-6 on field goals of 40 yards or longer, including making a game-winning 54-yard field goal against Lane. That distance is both a Lincoln and GLVC record. Templeton made four field goals in that contest, setting LU and GLVC single-game records, and finished with nine made field goals on the season. Templeton also handled kickoffs for the Blue Tigers, averaging 61.7 yards with 14 touchbacks.

Rouser started the season as a wide receiver, but due to injuries eventually began lining up as a fullback, H-back and tight end. Rouser made plays for LU as both a blocker and a receiver, and by the end of the season was lining up for nearly every offensive snap. Rouser tied for second on the team with 24 receptions for 210 yards and a score.

Tucker was Lincoln's leading tackler, making 92 total takedowns, including 52 solo. Tucker also recorded 7.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards. In addition to consistently tracking down the ball-carrier, Tucker also made an interception, forced and recovered a fumble and broke up two passes.

Holley tied for second on Lincoln's tackling chart, finishing with 62 tackles, including three for loss. Holley, who also had a sack, was LU's top pass defender, recording seven passes defended over the course of the season. Holley made two interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble while breaking up five passes.

Townsend was LU's top receiver in terms of yards and touchdown, catching 24 passes for 422 yards and three scores. Townsend averaged 17.6 yards per catch and 47 receiving yards per contest. Townsend also was an asset on special teams, as he was one of four Blue Tigers to block a kick during the 2016 season.

Wallace was rated as Lincoln's best offensive lineman during the 2016 campaign, and was often moved around the line to match up against opposing teams' top defenders. Wallace helped Lincoln quarterback Dennis Vinson break three passing records in LU's Homecoming game against Saint Joseph's, and helped the team compile 2,461 yards of total offense.

Johnson led the Blue Tigers with 4.5 sacks and was second on the squad in tackles for loss with nine. Johnson made 42 total tackles on the year, 24 of which were unassisted. Johnson was also credited with a pair of quarterback hurries as well as a forced fumble.

Hogue was another key member of a Lincoln pass defense that rated among the best in the GLVC all season. Hogue broke up a team-high six passes and helped the Blue Tigers hold opposing offenses to under 200 passing yards per contest. Hogue also made 35 tackles on the season, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick.

Dan Carr, Assistant AD for Media Relations

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