Wrapping up the 2014 season with 12 players earning All-American Southwest Conference awards, East Texas Baptist University had three players earn first-team awards. Overall, ETBU had eight players on the first and second teams.
Offensively, ETBU had three players all first-team led by wide receivers Tyler Bates and Stephen Alfred and running back Kendall Roberson. Bates, who was also named to the honorable mention team as a return specialist, led the ASC in receptions (84) and receptions per game (8.4) while setting a new ETBU record for receptions in a season. He is the third ETBU receiver to go over 1,000 yards receiving with 1,156 yards and this was the second year he was All-ASC as he was on the second team in 2013. He set a career-high of 195 yards receiving, which is third best all-time, against Sul Ross State.
Alfred led the ASC in receiving yards with 1,210 and receiving yards per game at 121 yards. He broke ETBU’s single season record for yards receiving and receiving touchdowns (12) and averaged 20.5 yards per catch. He had 100 yards or more in seven of the 10 games he played in and caught two touchdowns in four different games.
Roberson earns his first ASC award in his first year as a junior at ETBU. In limited time playing due to injuries, he acquired 629 yards on just 98 carries while recording six touchdowns. He had two games over 100 yards rushing with 172 yards vs. Texas Lutheran and 182 yards vs. Howard Payne in back-to-back weeks. He also recorded three touchdowns against Howard Payne.
Receiving All-ASC second team on offense were Josh Warbington, Roy Butler, Charles Williams, Alex Shetter, and Dominque Bailey.
Warbington, who led the ASC in four different offensive categories and is the top passer in NCAA Division III for passing yards and passing yards per game, gains his first All-ASC award. He was the ASC’s player of the week three times this year and broke a combined 24 records at ETBU this season for team, game, and individual. He threw for 3,580 yards and 30 touchdowns recording a 163.36 pass efficiency. In seven of the 10 games, he passed for three or more touchdowns with five against Millsaps when the offense broke the record for total offense (715 yards) and points (68).
Butler earns his first ASC award as a slot back finishing with 458 yards receiving. He had four touchdowns and a career-high 131 yards receiving vs. Austin College. He averaged 10.7 yards per catch in 10 games played.
Williams and Shetter both were awarded their first-ever ASC award on the offensive line. They both were on the D3Football National Offensive Line of the Week in September and helped ETBU break numerous offensive records. Both started all 10 games this year and started 20 straight games the past two years.
Bailey once again is on an All-ASC for the second time in his career as he was a second team selection in 2012. Interception three passes this year he finished with 34 tackles and five pass break ups.
Earning honorable mention were Michael Garcia (OL), Jourdan McNeill (RB), Xavier Davis (DL), and David Jaynes (DL). It is the second time Garcia and Jaynes have been given an All-ASC award.
ETBU finished with four wins in 2014 and broke numerous individual, game, season, and program records in head coach Joshua Eargle’s second year.