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Thunder football players earn post-season recognition

Fifteen Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College football players have earned All-Conference status, head coach and athletic director Keith Turner announced Wednesday.

Four of those players made the conference's first-team selection, with all four playing on defense.

Darnell Colvin, a freshman defensive end from Rock Hill, S.C., made the first team and was also named to the all-region team. Other first team performers included sophomore defensive tackle Ronald Johnson (Detroit), sophomore linebacker Jameel Franklin (Jacksonville, Fla.), and sophomore defensive back Kevin Eugene (Edison, Fla.).

Five more players made the second team. Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Peterson (Apple Valley), freshman offensive lineman Cam Stanley (Superior), sophomore linebacker David Hjelle (AlBrook), sophomore quarterback Michael Davis (Norfolk, Va.) and sophomore defensive lineman Justin Robinson (Opalocha, Fla.) were named.

Five more Thunder players -

sophomore defensive back William Brown (Leavenworth, Kan.), freshman defensive end Andrew Youngren (Barnum), freshman linebacker Josh Hogan (Barnum), sophomore defensive lineman Jack Booth (Deer River) and freshman offensive lineman Mark Murray (Superior) received honorable mention status.

"That's all really pleasing," Turner said. "You notice we have a few freshmen on that list too so that helps you build. It does take away some of the sting of losing some close games."

The Thunder finished 3-6 this season.

"You know the coaches in the league and people recognize that you're bringing in decent talent and we have good kids," Turner added.

Turner said six of the sophomores on the all-conference list are scheduled to graduate in the fall, with the rest expected to receive degrees in the spring.

"That matters the most," Turner said. "These guys understand that they need to get their degrees. We're doing grade checks now, and several of the kids are straight-A students. That's a great thing. We need to keep it rolling, especially academically."