TECH’S CAMERON, DIXON HONORED BY LSWA
Louisiana Tech’s Colby Cameron and Kenneth Dixon were named the Louisiana Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively, as the 2012 All-Louisiana teams were announced earlier this week by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
In all, Tech had eight players receive first team All-Louisiana honors, more than any other team in the state.
Cameron, a senior from Newbury Park, Calif., was named the WAC Player of the Year in a season in which he set an NCAA record for most consecutive passes attempted without an interception (428).
Cameron led an offense that was ranked No. 1 in scoring and No. 2 in total offense. He completed 359-of-522 passes for 4,147 yards and 31 touchdowns. He completed 68.8 percent of his passes for an efficiency rating of 153.19 while averaging 345.6 passing yards a game. The Sammy Baugh Award winner and Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist was No. 4 in the nation in total offense.
Dixon, who hails from Strong, Ark., led the nation in scoring with 28 total touchdowns (27 rushing), breaking Marshall Faulk’s NCAA records for most touchdowns scored, most rushing touchdowns scored and most points, all for a freshman. Dixon had 200 carries for 1,194 yards, just missing averaging 100 yards a game at 99.5. He set the WAC record for most rushing touchdowns at any class level.
ULM’S TODD BERRY NAMED STATE COACH OF THE YEAR
MONROE — ULM head coach Todd Berry has been named Coach of the Year on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana football team.
Berry guided the Warhawks to an FBS-era best eight wins this season including an win over Arkansas. In conference play, ULM finished in a three-way tie for second with a 6-2 mark. ULM is playing Ohio today in the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl.
Brent Leonard was named first team All-Louisiana after catching 97 passes for 1,042 yards during the regular season.
EDNA KARR HEAD COACH JOINS LA. TECH STAFF
Jabbar Juluke, who led Edna Carr to the Class 4A state championship, has joined the Louisiana Tech football coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Juluke was head coach at Karr for nine years, compiling a record of 80-39 record (.672 winning percentage). Karr went 14-0 this past season, including a 29-22 victory over Neville in the state championship game. Over the past four years, Juluke guided Edna Karr HS to a 49-8 mark.
“Jabbar has been a very successful high school coach in New Orleans, having played in the last three state championships,” new Tech head coach Skip Holtz said. “The thing that excited me the most about Jabbar when I had the opportunity to sit and talk to him was not just his X’s and O’s and his knowledge of the game but the way he relates to people. Growing up in the inner city of New Orleans and now building Edna Karr High School to what he has built it to, I think he is a tremendous addition and he gives us a great Louisiana flavor on this staff.”
Juluke has guided Edna Karr to three consecutive state championship appearances along with winning seven of the past nine district championships with the other two years finishing as the district runner-up. Over his tenure, Edna Karr has signed over 70 players to collegiate football scholarships.
“Growing up in New Orleans, he has been around high school football in New Orleans for a long time. He brings a vast knowledge of the area but also brings a relationship with the high school coaches in the New Orleans area,” Holtz continued. “Being the largest city in the state of Louisiana, that is definitely a place where we need to have a footprint for Louisiana Tech.”