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Two Butler players among Kansas’ All-Amrica selections

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at 7:05 p.m.

The Jayhawk Conference landed four players on the NJCAA All-American football team released Wednesday, led by Butler Community College offensive lineman John McClure, a Wichita Heights product who is headed to Arkansas, and Coffeyville linebacker Martrell Spaight. Spaight, a 6-foot, 218-pound sophomore committed to play for Kansas State on Monday, announcing the decision on Twitter. The Jayhawk’s other two first-team picks were Fort Scott defensive back Kevin Short and Garden City return specialist Tyreek Hill.

McClure, who walked on at K-State out of high school, was a second-team All-American last season, and helped lead Butler to back-to-back 11-1 records and national runner-up finishes.

“I saw (McClure) go from a follower to a leader,” Butler coach Troy Morrell said. “You could see when he got on track and everything started to come back together. It was great to watch him evolve and mature. The challenge this year for him was to step his game up, and he really honed his overall skill set and technique-wise, he turned into a dominant offensive lineman.”

The KCAC had three players named AFCA NAIA All-Americans. Friends senior defensive end Dexter Davis was selected to the first team for a second time and Ottawa senior defensive back Donald Anderson was also selected. Anderson, a Wichita Southeast product, was named the KCAC defensive player of the year last month. Tabor senior offensive lineman Jon-Michael Bergeron, a 6-3, 285-pound senior, was the other first-team pick.

On the NCAA Division II level, Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown was picked to the AFCA All-American team and was a second-team pick on the Daktronics All-American team as a return specialist. Pitt State linebacker Nate Dreiling was also a second-team pick by Daktronics.

Valdosta State senior offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder, who played at Maize and Butler, was a first-team selection by both the AFCA and Daktronics and is up for the Gene Upshaw Award, given to NCAA Division II’s best lineman. It was Schraeder’s third straight first-team All-American honor following last season and 2010 at Butler.

Butler wide receiver Javess Blue and Butler safety Tate Omli were second-team NJCAA picks. Hutchinson put three players on the NJCAA second team — running back Terrell Lane, defensive lineman Toby Johnson and kicker Michael Mesh.

Butler linebacker Tommy Sanders was the lone honorable mention All-American selection out of the Jayhawk.

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