Six members of the Austin College football team have been named as All-Southern Athletic Association performers for the 2017 season.
Darlon Chandler and Morris Shell were each named second-team All-SAA players while Matthew Gilbert, Cesar Ruiz, Jackson Townsend, and TJ Melontree were each honorable mention All-SAA selections.
Chandler, a senior defensive end from Dallas, finished with 40 tackles, including nine sacks. Chandler’s sack total ranked second in the SAA. He also had 14 tackles for loss and forced two fumbles during the year.
Shell, a junior linebacker from Irving, was second on the team with 81 tackles, including eight for loss and three sacks. Shell also recovered a fumble and had three pass breakups.
Gilbert, a senior offensive lineman from Grand Prairie, started every game and anchored the line for the ‘Roo offense throughout the year. Behind Gilbert, the ‘Roos averaged 328.7 yards of offense and scored 24.3 points per game.
Ruiz, a senior placekicker from Sachse, connected on 9-of-11 field goals and 26-of-29 point-after attempts, ranking among the SAA leaders in success percentage in both categories. Ruiz had a long field goal of 46 yards and finished the season with 53 points.
Townsend, a junior linebacker from Richardson, led the ‘Roos and ranked third in the SAA with 85 tackles. He also had three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Townsend also broke up three passes and forced a fumble.
Melontree, a junior cornerback from Carrollton, made 58 tackles and forced one fumble while recovering another. Melontree also had two interceptions and five pass breakups.