DURANT — Southeastern return specialist Jerome Hewitt has been named First Team Daktronics All-American following his record setting season.
The senior wraps his playing career by joining some pretty exclusive company, becoming the third Storm player to earn Daktronics All-American honors. He is just the second to be a first team selection, joining former quarterback Drew Beard who earned the honor in 2004.
His five combined punt and kick return scores matched the D-II and all-division bests for the season.
Hewitt broke 11 SE records during the 2009 season as well as three Lone Star Conference return records.
He posted single game school records with seven kickoff returns for 201 yards against Eastern New Mexico. He also posted a 59.0 yard per return average against Southwestern Oklahoma State.
For the 2009 season, Hewitt tallied a school and conference record of 975 kickoff return yards on a school record 32 kickoff returns. He also set a school record with 435 punt return yards on the year.
He basically rewrote the kick and punt return section of the SE career record book, racking up 771 punt return yards, 2,488 kickoff return yards, 87 kickoff returns and 28.6 yards per return, all new school records. His kickoff yardage and yards per return marks also set new LSC records.
Hewitt’s 16.73 yards per punt return finished the season in fourth nationally, while his 30.47 yards per kickoff return was good for second in the nation. He was also the only player to be ranked in the top five in both categories.
Nichols invited to Cactus Bowl
DURANT — Southeastern wide receiver Daniel Nichols has been invited to participate in the 2010 Valero Cactus Bowl to be played at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, Texas.
The Valero Cactus Bowl is an NCAA Division II all-star football game in its 16th year. The game will be played Jan. 8, 2010, at 6:35 p.m. at Javelina Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Played in an East vs. West format, the teams are comprised entirely of the ‘best of the best’ NCAA Division II college seniors.
Nichols’ senior season yardage total of 971 yards is the fourth best season in school history, while his 72 receptions was two shy of tying the school record.
He hauled in 12 touchdowns on the year, finishing one short of tying the single season TD record, while finishing with 32 for his career, also one shy of the school record.
Nichols finished his SE career as the second 3,000-yard receiver in school history, tallying 3,036 yards, which is 97 yards shy of matching the school’s career record.