COLUMBIA, Ky. – Trent Mueller is the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Football Defensive Player of the Year as 11 Blue Raiders earned all-conference honors, conference officials announced on Thursday.
Mueller registered 93 tackles from his linebacker position to collect his second-straight MSC Defensive Player of the Year honors. He is fourth in the MSC with 9.3 tackles per game and led the Blue Raiders in total tackles. Mueller was the anchor of a defense that allowed only 18.1 points per game, which ranked fourth in the conference and 16th in the NAIA.
Along with Mueller, Dylan Boures, Cam Wyche, Blake Ingleton, Jared Dougherty, CJ Dickerson and Holt Keeling each earned a spot on the MSC Bluegrass Division First Team.
Cameron Dukes, Jaylen Boyd, Damani Jenkins, Joe Lewis and Ingleton all earned Second Team honors as well.
Boures helped spearhead an offensive line that has helped LWC rank 10th in the NAIA in scoring offense per game, 12th in first downs per game and 17th in rushing offense per game, allowing just 2.0 sacks per contest. The honor is the first of his career.
Wyche led the Blue Raiders with 39 passes caught for 625 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season, averaging 16.0 yards per catch from his wide receiver position. The honor is the second of his career as he earned Second Team honors last season.
Ingleton recorded 85 rushing attempts on the year for a team leading 707 total yards, scoring seven touchdowns on the ground and two through the air. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry and 99.6 yards per game. He collected three 100-yard rushing games during the regular season while also returning a kickoff for a touchdown after averaging 27.8 yards per return. Ingleton received First Team honors as a running back and Second Team honors as a return specialist, marking the third time in his career he has received an all conference honor after picking up First Team honors last season.
Dougherty tied for a team lead in scoring with 60 points on the season after he connected of 4-of-7 field goal attempts and converted 48 out of 51 extra point attempts. The honor is the second of his career after earning First Team honors last season.
Dickerson compiled 29 total tackles, including 10 solo. He added two interceptions and a fumble recovery from his defensive line position while posting a team-high six tackles for loss to go along with 1.5 sacks. He earns his second straight First Team selection.
Keeling rounds out the Blue Raiders First Team honorees after posting 59 tackles, 25 solo during the year, adding two interceptions. He earns his first ever First Team honor.
Dukes completed 140-of-250 passing attempts for 1,981 yards, 18 touchdowns and just six interceptions in his 10 games during the regular season. He added three touchdowns while rushing for 396 yards on the ground. The quarterback eclipsed 200 passing yards four times throughout the year, including throwing for at least two touchdowns in a game eight times during the season. His pass efficiency of 141.5 was the second best in the Bluegrass Division.
Boyd recorded 86 rushing attempts on the year for 663 total yards, scoring seven touchdowns on the ground and one through the air. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry and 63.7 yards per game. He collected two 100-yard rushing games during the regular season while also adding two 96 and one 99 yard performances. Boyd receives the first MSC honor of his career
Lewis totaled 50 total tackles and had 25 solo tackles. He had 4 tackles for loss, one sack, and one interception and two fumble recoveries. The honor is the second of his career after earning Second Team honors last season.
Jenkins was the final Blue Raider to receive an honor as he had 30 tackles on the year and 14 solo efforts. He recorded four tackles for loss, adding two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Bethel’s (Tenn.) Sam Castronova is the Craig Mullins MSC Bluegrass Offensive Player of the Year as his teammates Davius Prather is the Bluegrass Offensive Freshman of the Year and David Miller is the Bluegrass Defensive Freshman of the Year. Bethel’s Brent Dearmon is the 2018 Ron Finley Bluegrass Division Coach of the Year.
The individual awards and the all-conference team are selected by a vote of the Bluegrass Division’s coaches. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.