BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College placed six players on the Mid-South Conference East All-Conference First Team, the league announced Wednesday.
The Bulldogs have four representatives on the offense with two more on defense. The six First Team members are the most players Union has had since 2005 when it had seven. The Bulldogs have had more than six First Team members only three times in program history - 1993 (eight), 1995 (seven) and 2005 (seven), and had six First Teams three other times in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
Making the First Team on offense were senior quarterback Joey Waters (McDonough, Ga.), sophomore offensive lineman Quintin Borders (Lexington, Ky.), junior wide receiver Kyle Callahan (Covington, Ky.) and running back Terence Pollock (Orange Park, Fla.). Union's First Team defensive representative are senior linebacker Patrick O'Neal (Lula, Ga.) and sophomore defensive back Ty Harris (Monroe, Ga.).
Union also had two earn MSC East All-Conference Honorable Mentions - sophomore slot back Ben Kelly (Cold Springs, Ky.), senior defensive lineman Colby Wilson (Livermore, Ky.) and junior defensive back Marekus Smith (Lithonia, Ga.).
Waters had a career year for the Bulldogs as he set single-season records for completions (253), attempts (422), yards (3,216) and touchdowns (27). He had six games, and five in a row, in which he threw for more than 300 yards in a game. Against West Virginia Tech, Waters set the single-season passing yards record with 518 yards in a 50-13 romp. He finished his career at Union as the all-time leading passer with 7,880 yards and 66 career passing touchdowns. Waters owns or shares 11 program records.
Borders, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman, anchored the line that allowed the Bulldog offense to average 314.6 passing yards per game and 411.0 yards in total offense per game. Union set a program single-season records for passing yards (3,461) and first downs (248) as well as post the fifth-most points in a season with 287, an average of 26.9 per game.
Callahan hauled in 60 receptions for 816 yards, both third most in program history. His eight touchdown receptions tie him for second most. He will head into his senior season 11th on the all-time receiving list with 76 catches for 1,089 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Pollock recorded the seventh-best rushing season in program history with 718 yards on 178 carries. He had three rushing touchdowns. Pollock also caught 18 passes for 164 yards and two scores. He ranks sixth on the career rushing list with 1,373 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns on 333 attempts.
O'Neal had a career year as he tied the single-game tackles record and broke the single-season tackles record. Twice he posted 20 tackles in a game, first against University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) on Sept. 1 and then against Georgetown (Ky.) College on Nov. 10. O'Neal ended the season with 143 tackles, surpassing the previous mark of 135 set by John Luttrell in 1985. He finished with 390 career tackles, two shy of the career record.
Harris tied the school record for interceptions with three versus Cumberlands on Sept. 1. He finished with 45 tackles, 1.5 going for a loss of two yards. Harris had three interceptions and broke up 10 other passes.
Kelly was third on the team in rushing with 149 yards on 32 carries. He was also the team's leading receiver with 34 catches for 317 yards. Kelly had one rushing touchdown as well.
Wilson had 32 total tackles with 8.5 going for a loss 38 yards. In addition, he was tied for the team in sacks with 3.0 for 23 yards. He broke up one pass, had seven quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.
Smith was second on the team in total tackles with 76, 12.0 going for a loss of 41 yards. He also has 2.5 sacks, one interception which he returned for 41 yards, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles. Smith also recovered three fumblers, returning one 85 yards for a touchdown.
The Players and Coaches of the Year will be announced Thursday. For a complete list of the All-Conference Team, click here.
The Bulldogs finished the season 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the MSC East.