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Football - Fri, Feb. 25, 2011

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior offensive lineman Quintin Borders collected another honor as he made the inaugural All-Commonwealth Team, the Kentucky Chapter of the National Football League Alumni announced recently.

The Kentucky Chapter of the NFL Alumni announced the team along with its 2011 Hall of Fame class, which includes NFL greats such as Phil Simms and Lou Michaels.

The All-Commonwealth Team is made of the top players who played for a college in the state of Kentucky regardless of division. Of the 27 players named to the squad, Borders (Lexington, Ky.) is one of three from the NAIA with the other 24 coming from the NCAA FCS and FBS divisions.

At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Borders has been dominant force for Union upfront during his four seasons. He is one of two players in program history to make the All-Mid-South Conference First Team four times in a career. Last season, he became the first offensive lineman in Mid-South Conference history to receive the MSC Offensive Player of the Year.

Despite missing a portion of the season due to injury, Borders anchored the offensive line which led the way for Union's record-setting offense. The Bulldogs set offensive records for most points in a season (440), most total offensive yards in a season (5,206), most rushing yards in a season (2,904) and most rushing touchdowns in a season (33).

With Borders helping lead the up front, Union has posted four of the top 10 scoring seasons in program history. The Bulldogs have scored a total of 1,397 total points and averaged 31.75 points per game during Borders' tenure.

Borders is a four-time All-Mid-South Conference First Team member, two-time AFCA NAIA All-American and the Mid-South Conference East Offensive Player of the Year in 2009, making him the first offensive lineman to receive the honor in conference history.

Below is the entire All-Commonwealth Team:

OFFENSE

WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky

WR Marcus Harris, Murray State

RB Derrick Locke, Kentucky

RB Bilal Powell, Louisville

QB Mike Hartline, Kentucky

C Mario Benavides, Louisville

OG Larry Warford, Kentucky

OG Mark Wetterer, Louisville

OT Quintin Borders, Union

OT Wes Jeffries, WKU

TE Cameron Graham, Louisville

PR Dontrell Johnson, Murray State

KR Jeremy Caldwell, Eastern Kentucky


DEFENSE

DE Rodney Gnat, Louisville

DE Quanterus Smith, WKU

DT Andrew Soucy, Eastern Kentucky

DL Kyle Anderson, Georgetown

LB Danny Trevathan, Kentucky

LB Thomas Majors, WKU

LB Daniel Brown, Louisville

S Winston Guy, Kentucky

S Hakeem Smith, Louisville

DB Jeremy Caldwell, Eastern Kentucky

CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville

DB Calvin Bini, Campbellsville

Punter Ryan Tydlacka, Kentucky

Kicker Kienan Cullen, Murray State



Honorable mention

Orlandus Harris, Eastern Kentucky

Brandon Heath, Louisville

Casey Brockman, Murray State

Tyree Robinson, WKU

Emory Attig, Eastern Kentucky

Jordan Berry, Eastern Kentucky

Jordan Dalrymple, Eastern Kentucky

Mike Harris, Murray State

Byron Stingily, Louisville

Patrick McClellan, Eastern Kentucky

Doug Beaumont, Louisville

Kaelin Ammons, Georgetown

Bobby Rainey, WKU

Chris Matthews, Kentucky

Union finished the 2010 campaign with a 7-4 record and went 4-2 in the Mid-South Conference West to tie for second in the division.

 
 
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