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Southern Oregon's Dodge named Frontier Conference player of year

 Posted: 2:00 AM November 23, 2012

WHITEFISH, Mont. — After helping his team earn a share of the Frontier Conference title, Southern Oregon University quarterback Austin Dodge was named the league's offensive player of the year.

In total, 11 Raiders were selected to all-conference teams.

Dodge was one of three unanimous selections to the first team. He set SOU records and led the NAIA with 4,325 passing yards and 36 touchdowns during the regular season, helping lead a Raider offense that shattered program records with 6,570 yards of total offense and 544 total points.

Wide receivers Patrick Donahue and Cole McKenzie, tight end Clay Sierra and offensive lineman Drew Gibson joined Dodge on the first-team offense, while Juwuan Brown was named to the first-team defense. Donahue and McKenzie became the first two receivers in SOU history to surpass 1,300 receiving yards and 70 receptions, and McKenzie totaled 15 scoring grabs during the regular season. Sierra added 20 receptions for 285 yards and five touchdowns, while Gibson helped anchor an offensive line that led the nation with only two sacks allowed and blocked for a running attack that gained more than 2,000 yards.

Brown led SOU with nine tackles for loss and six sacks during the 2012 regular season and added one interception to earn first-team honors. Kalii Robinson and Josh Leff earned second-team defensive recognition, as Robinson led SOU with 96 tackles, including seven for loss, and Leff totaled 45 tackles and a team-best four interceptions during the regular season.

Manny Barragan earned second-team all-conference offensive honors, while Donahue was named the first-team kick returner and Mike Olson was named the second-team punt returner. Barragan rushed for 1,046 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, and added 33 receptions for 292 yards and two more touchdowns. Donahue returned 25 kicks for 567 total yards, while Olson returned 15 punts for 175 yards and one touchdown. Olson led SOU with 21 total touchdowns during the regular season, including one on a kick return, six touchdown catches and 13 rushing scores.

The Raiders' 11 players tied co-champion Montana Tech for the most in the conference. Southern Oregon is the lone remaining Frontier Conference team in the NAIA Football Championship Series after the 10th-ranked Raiders knocked off No. 8 St. Ambrose last weekend. The Raiders travel to Sioux City, Iowa, this weekend for a quarterfinal matchup with No. 3 Morningside on Saturday.

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