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College of the Canyons players cap off season will All-American honors

Posted: December 28, 2008 9:15 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Cougar wide receiver Hayo Carpenter celebrates a touchdown reception against Bakersfield College on Nov. 15 in Bakersfield. Carpenter was named to the All-American first team.

 
Five members of the College of the Canyons football team were honored as All-Americans, and two more were named to the All-California team compiled by the California Community College Football Coaches Association of America.

Defensive lineman Marquis Jackson was named to the first-team defense of both the All-American and All-California teams, and was selected as California's defensive player of the year.

Jackson racked up 60 total tackles - including 10.5 sacks - and an interception.

Linebacker Eric Wells joined Jackson as a defensive honoree on the All-American and All-California teams after leading the team with 83 tackles and five sacks.

The College of the Canyons offense featured three first-team All-Americans, led by running back Fred Winborn, who rushed for 1,634 net yards in just 11 games for the Cougars, who went 12-1 and fell to Mt. San Antonio College in the Southern California championship.

Winborn averaged 7.3 yards per carry and scored 21 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 148.5 yards per game.

Another weapon for the Cougars was receiver Hayo Carpenter, who was also a first-team All-American.

Carpenter caught 93 balls for 1,675 yards and 16 touchdowns, and averaged 18 yards per reception.

Thanks to his kick and punt returns, Carpenter also led the team in all-purpose yardage with 179.4 yards per game.

Offensive lineman Joe Evinger rounded out the All-American selections for the College of the Canyons, and helped pave the way for an offense that gained 6,469 yards and averaged 44.6 points per game.

Cougars quarterback Brad McClellan was also named a first-team All-California selection.

McClellan completed 152-of-243 passes for 2,333 yards and 18 touchdowns against just seven interceptions.

He completed 62.6 percent of his passes and drew an efficiency rating of 161.88 while averaging 212.1 yards per game through the air.

jgulino@the-signal.com


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