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LSC roundup: Johnson, Hoad take preseason honors


July 31, 2019

MCKINNEY, Texas — The Lone Star Conference selected Midwestern State’s Juwan Johnson and UT Permian Basin’s Chris Hoad were preseason players of the year, according to a release from the league office.

The voting results come from a panel of 25 LSC head coaches, sports information directors and media representatives. The poll was released during the LSC’s media day at McKinney Stadium.

Plenty of players were considered for the awards, including seven overall for the offensive award and 11 for the defensive award.

Johnson, a 5-foot-10 junior wide receiver, received 12 votes for the top offensive player. He set a school record with 1,215 yards on 67 catches and was named the conference’s receiver of the year in 2018. He had seven 100-yard games, and accounted at least 90 yards in all 10 Mustangs games to finish fifth in Division II at 121.5 receiving yards per contest.

Hoad, a 6-foot senior linebacker, received eight votes for the defensive honor. He was the league’s linebacker of the year in 2018 after ranking third in Division II with 133 tackles. That total included 6.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks to go with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Steed, Bryant honored — The conference also gave out its media awards at the event.

Kale Steed claimed the Kirk Hill Award as the league's top sportswriter for the second straight year and fourth time overall, while Jeremy Bryant was recognized with the Jake Trussell Award as the outstanding broadcaster of the year for the sixth time.

Steed covers West Texas A&M for the Amarillo Globe-News and was part of the “Buff Talk” weekly radio show with Lucas Kinsey.

Bryant does radio play-by-play for numerous Angelo State men’s and women’s sports, and is recognized as the voice of Ram and Rambelle sports.

Until we meet again — Plenty of LSC teams are hoping to return to McKinney Stadium six months from now. But no matter what, the conference will be there.

The LSC will return to McKinney Dec. 21 as the official host of the Division II championship. The stadium will also host the 2020 and 2021 championships.


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