RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello earned four selections to the All-Great American Conference football teams that were released on Tuesday.
Freshman kicker Jamie McGee and senior defensive lineman Calvin Ursin earned first-team honors, senior receiver Jamal Nixon earned second-team honors and junior cornerback Mike Early earned a spot on the honorable mention list.
McGee ends his first collegiate season by being named the league’s top kicker after breaking the UAM single-season record for field goals and also breaking the school’s freshman scoring record. He ranks fifth in the nation in field goals per game and 16th in the country in field goal percentage, both categories in which he leads the GAC.
The Lake Charles, La. native finished the year 17-for-19 on field goals, which also breaks a Great American Conference record for a single season. He was 28-for-31 on extra points attempts to give him a season total of 79 points.
McGee becomes UAM’s first kicker to earn first-team all-conference honors since the school joined NCAA Division II in 1995. He was the Great American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week twice during the 2013 season, and tied the UAM and GAC record of three made field goals in a game on three different occasions.
Ursin finished his UAM career with a first team All-GAC honor after tallying 63 total tackles in 2013, including 29 solo stops, 9.5 tackles for losses of a combined 34 yards, three sacks for 21 yards, one forced fumble and recovery, one interception and one blocked kick.
The Kenner, La. native racked up a season-best 10 tackles in UAM’s win over Northwestern Oklahoma State.
Nixon moved up to second-team honors this season after receiving an honorable mention last season. The Harvey, La., native finished the season with 50 receptions for 503 yards with seven touchdown receptions. He also added 13 kickoff returns for 356 yards and one punt return for 23 yards. He set a new UAM single-game record with six kickreturns for 214 yards in the team’s loss to Harding on the road.
Nixon led the Boll Weevils in all-purpose yards this season with a total of 885 for an average of 88.5 yards per game. He turned in three game with at least 100 receiving yards, including his season-best of seven receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Southeastern Oklahoma State. He had nine receptions for 120 yards and three touchdowns against Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) and seven receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown against Northwestern Oklahoma State.
Early earns a spot on the honorable mention list after ranking eighth in the league in passes defended and fifth in interceptions. Overall this season, the Denham Springs, La., native totaled 36 tackles, including two tackles for losses. He had four interceptions and eight pass breakups for a total of 12 passes defended. His average of 1.09 passesdefended ranked eighth in the league among all defenders.
In addition to his defensive numbers, Early was one of UAM’s most consistent return specialists, totaling over 350 yards throughout the season between kickoff returns and punt returns. He had 11 kickoff returns for 243 yards and four punt returns for 109 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown return in the season finale against Southern Arkansas. It was the second-longest punt return in UAM history.
GAC champion Henderson State led the league with a total of 16 all-conference selections, including the league’s offensive and defensive players of the year, as well as coach of the year. HSU junior quarterback Kevin Rodgers earned the league’s top offensive award, linebacker Keaton Stigger was named the top defender and Scott Maxfield was voted the league’s best coach for the second straight season.
Ouachita Baptist trailed HSU with a total of 15 selections. Harding followed with 13.
Southeastern Oklahoma State running back Devlon Wortham was named the league’s freshman of the year.