Garden City Community College quarterback Terry Wilson was named the Jayhawk Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year on Monday, leading a contingent of 11 Busters garnering all-conference honors.
Wilson led the conference with 22 passing touchdowns while quarterbacking the conference’s best offense, averaging 34.2 points per game. He was also second in the conference in passing yards per game at 177.6, racking up 1,776 yards on 59.1 percent passing (165 of 279). He threw those 22 scores and had nine picks, but also ran for 454 yards and five more scores.
Wilson said he learned of the honor on Monday from his offensive coordinator, Steve Shimko, and was surprised to receive it.
“It feels pretty good to get that award,” he said. “I’m pretty excited.”
Joining Wilson on the first team All-KJCCC is tight end Nigel Kilby, who had 38 catches for 430 yards and eight touchdowns; defensive end Auston Robertson, who led the defense with seven sacks, while also racking up 71 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception; and Taylor Thomas as a return specialist.
Thomas returned 13 kickoffs for 382 yards, a league-best 29.4 yards per return.
Wide receiver Daniel Davis, who led the Busters with 58 catches and 578 yards, while also scoring four times, and punter James Dall, who was second in the conference with a net average of 40.0, were on the second team. Dall also had 11 punts inside the 20.
Honorable mentions went to running back Charles West, linebackers Rayshawn Wilborn and Matt Terrell, cornerback Warren Saba and kicker James White.
Wilson is a transfer from the University of Oregon and joined the Busters in hopes of finding another Division I school where he could immediately compete for a starting position, after a freshman had won the spot at Oregon.
“I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot of my goals (for junior college football),” he said. “I have a lot of stuff to improve on, but from sitting out a year at Oregon and coming to play here, I felt like I am right where I need to be.”
He said the award just confirms for him that he made the right decision to transfer.
“I knew that coming in here, with how much time we spent on perfecting our craft and working out,” he said. “I knew if we continued with that, it would pay off in the end.”
Wilson said he currently has three offers from FBS schools — Indiana, Baylor and Ole Miss. He’s also spoken with recruiters from Virginia, Texas and Kentucky recently.
Notes: Wilson is the first Offensive Player of the Year at Garden City since Nick Marshall in 2012 … The rest of the all-conference team was not available as of Monday evening.