Burros football awards announced
Thursday, November 29, 2012 5:04 AM
Three Lanesboro athletes have been named to the 2012 All Conference football team, while another has earned honorable mention on the list of the SEC's best.
Junior running back/defensive back Niko Anderson not only made the All-Conference team, he was also named SEC Back of the Year for a second consecutive season.
"He has huge amounts of potential," coach James Semmen said. "(Niko) put in a good deal of time in the fitness center... he will be a force again next year."
Anderson was first in Burro scoring (214 points), rushing (240 carries for 1,914 yards), and receiving (13 catches for 168 yards). He also notched 59 tackles (fourth-highest), gained 215 yards on kickoff returns (including a touchdown), returned three punts for 75 yards, made three interceptions, and punted 36 times for 997 yards. He also led the conference in rushing yardage while finishing second in SEC-game scoring.
Senior lineman Jarrett Brown also made the all-conference team for a second year. "He had a great senior year," Semmen said. "Jarrett is a tough kid that did not complain." He recorded 47 tackles in addition to providing key blocks all year on offense.
Senior lineman Isaac Freese made the All-SEC team this year as well. He compiled a team-high 16 sacks in 10 games in 2012. "Isaac left it on the field in every aspect of the game," Semmen said, "He will be greatly missed."
Freese was also named Most Valuable Player in team voting. He led the team with 138 tackles, scored 18 points, and hauled in nine passes for 113 yards. His sack numbers in SEC contests also topped the stats list among conference players.
Senior running back/linebacker Daulton Gartner earned Honorable Mention on the SEC list. "He played through a lot of adversity this year with injuries," Semmen said. "Daulton led the team in tackles in many games - great leadership."
Gartner issued 66 stops on defense, forced two fumbles, carried the ball 42 times for 249 yards, and scored 16 points.
Other team awards named junior Kole Ruud as Most Improved Player. The versatile tight end played at almost every position on offense and defense. "We look forward to great things for him next year," Semmen said.
Ruud had 87 tackles, second only to Freese. He caught 12 passes for 91 yards, scored 26 points, was in on 2.5 sacks, and recovered two fumbles.