Raider soccer players garner honors

The Southern Oregon women's soccer team continues to receive academic honors following the 2011 fall season, with the latest honors coming from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The Raiders posted a team grade-point average of 3.15 to receive the 2011 NSCAA Team Academic Award, the fifth time the SOU program has received the honor.

In addition to the team honor, senior defender Chenin Young and junior forward Stephanie Carr received second-team scholar all-West recognition. Young concluded her SOU career with a 3.36 GPA and will earn her degree in pre-physical therapy. Carr, a chemistry major, finished her junior season with a 3.44 cumulative GPA.

Southern Oregon also had a pair of players on the honorable mention list in juniors Krista Bormann and Stacy Hamer. Bormann is a business major with a 3.56 GPA and Hamer is an education major with a 3.69 GPA.

In order to qualify for the NSCAA Team Academic Award, teams must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.

The Raiders are one of only two Cascade Conference teams to earn the honor in 2011, with Corban also receiving the award.


University of Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas has been named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America team, the FWAA announced before Monday's BCS National Championship game.

Thomas, a first-year player from Los Angeles who was selected as the squad's all-purpose player, led all freshmen with 18 touchdowns and ranked first in scoring among nonkickers with 110 points. He was the only player nationally with 500 or more yards rushing, receiving and as a kick returner.

The Oregon freshman record-holder for touchdowns, Thomas also set the UO first-year mark with 2,235 all-purpose yards, the second-most in a single season in school history behind Jonathan Stewart's 2007 total of 2,481. His three scoring plays of 90 or more yards tied New Mexico State's Taveon Rogers for the most in the country, including a Rose Bowl Game record run of 91 yards in the Ducks' 45-38 win over Wisconsin.

Thomas is the fifth Oregon player to make the FWAA All-America team in the 11 years the honor has existed, joining defensive lineman Haloti Ngata (2002), offensive linemen Max Unger ('05), safety John Boyett ('09) and running back LaMichael James ('09).

One of five Pac-12 players selected, Thomas was one of 14 true freshmen to earn the award. The team is selected by an 11-person panel of writers.


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