By The Telegram
Former Garden City High School and South Gray High School football standouts Will Powers and Andy Skinner have been named to the 2010 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference first-team.
The announcement was made Tuesday by the KCAC.
Powers, a senior linebacker, and Skinner, a junior wide receiver, are members of the No. 6-ranked and unbeaten McPherson Bulldogs who open NAIA playoffs on Saturday with a 2 p.m. home game against No. 12-ranked Lebanon, Ill.
Powers, a 5-9, 215-pounder, is a 2007 graduate of GCHS and was a member of the 2006 Garden City Telegram All-Area Top 11 team. In his senior year at GCHS, Powers played fullback, linebacker and safety. He had 373 yards and seven touchdowns for the Buffaloes and he finished his career with 230 tackles.
He played for Garden City Community College in 2007 and 2008 before transferring to McPherson.
This season, Powers has recorded 62 tackles, 37 of them unassisted and he has seven tackles for losses totaling 37 yards. He also has three sacks and one fumble recovery.
Skinner, a 5-10, 180-pounder, has caught 63 passes for 1,183 yards (18.8 yard average) and 13 touchdowns this season. His longest reception is 82 yards and he is averaging 118.3 yards per game receiving. He also has carried the ball 11 times of 77 yards and scored one TD. His longest scrimmage run is 24 yards.
In addition to his all-conference selection, Skinner, a biochemistry major, has been named to the 2010 ESPN-CoSIDA Academic All-American All-District VII Football second team in a recent announcement by the organization.
To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average, have achieved at least sophomore status at their current institution and must have played in at least 50 percent of the team's games.
Skinner holds the McPherson College football all-time record for career receiving yards (2,310), touchdown receptions (26) and rests 12 catches short of the all-time receptions record. Skinner leads a Bulldog receiving corps that ranks second nationally in pass offense per game (346.9 yards) with 56 catches for 1,041 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averages 130.1 receiving yards per game.
He was the lone KCAC player selected.