BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union wide receiver Domonique Jefferson snatched a spot on the All-Mid-South Conference East first team, while five other Bulldogs made the second team, the league announced on Wednesday.
Earning second team honors are offensive lineman Nick Garofalo, running back Leonard Dixon, kicker Alex Sigmon, defensive lineman Seth Jones and defensive back Michael Lowder.
Jefferson capped off arguably one of the best seasons ever by a Bulldog receiver. He finished the year with 41 receptions for 897 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is the 17th player to haul at last 40 receptions in a season, and he finished two yards shy of setting the single-season record for receiving yards. Shawn Kelley had 899 yards in 2007 on 69 receptions. Jefferson's 11 touchdown catches are tied for second-most in program history. Only Kyle Callahan had more touchdown receptions (13 in 2008) in a season, and Sean Mackey also had 11 during the 2010 campaign.
Of the 17 players to amass 40 receptions in a season, no player had a better yards-per-catch average than Jefferson. In fact, Jefferson's 21.9 yard-per-reception average is 5.2 yards better than the second-place person (Courtney Elesby at 15.7 in 2004) on the list.
Jefferson ranks seventh in program history with 95 career receptions, third in career yards receiving (1,734) and second in career receiving touchdowns (19).
Garofalo had a solid season upfront after missing the majority of the 2012 campaign due to an injury. He started every game for the Bulldogs at left tackle, helping lead the way for Union to post its 10th-best scoring season in program history with 282 points. The Bulldogs also averaged 381.4 yards per game in total offense with 2,068 coming on the ground and 2,127 through the air.
Dixon finished the year with 925 total rushing yards, ranking as the eighth-best rushing season in program history. Dixon averaged 5.2 yards per carry and scored seven rushing touchdowns. His longest run of the year was a 75-yarder against Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), and he tallied six 100-yard rushing games this season.
Sigmon was second on the team in scoring with 58 points. He went 9-of-16 on field goals with a season-long of 33 yards. He also wen 31-of-33 on PATs. He also averaged 35.7 yards per punt with a long of 55 yards and 13 going inside the 20.
Jones led Union defensive linemen with 32 total tackles, ranking him eighth on the team. He also had 3.5 tackles for a loss of nine yards, 2.0 sacks and five quarterback hurries. Jones recovered two fumbles and forced another.
Lowder talled 61 total tackles, ranking him fourth on the team. He had 5.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards but made his mark defending the pass with three interceptions and 12 pass deflections. Lowder ranks eighth in the NAIA in passes defended per game (1.4), and he returned the interceptions for a total of 127 yards and a touchdown. He also had one fumble recovery.
The Bulldogs also had four players to make the Academic All-Conference Team. The honorees are: Derrick Greene, Jake Johnston, Michael Shepherd and Veashawn Springs.
Union finished the 2013 season 3-8 overall and 2-4 in the MSC East.
For a complete listing of the All-MSC East Team, click here.
For a complete listing of the Academic All-Conference Team, click here.