It wasn't the best of seasons for the Azusa Pacific University football team this past fall. But that hasn't prevented the Cougars from earning postseason honors.
Running back Chris Brown, one of the few constant bright spots in a 2-8 campaign, leads a list of four APU players named to the NAIA All-Independent team. He is joined by receiver Jon Davis, offensive lineman Ben Winslow and linebacker Brian Casey.
Brown was solid in 2008 while rushing for a team-high 793 yards and five touchdowns. He also had four 100-yard efforts, including 148 yards in a 30-23 loss to Dixie State (Utah) on Oct. 25. The junior is the Cougars' top returning player for next season.
Davis, who led the NAIA in receiving touchdowns in 2007, followed it up with a steady campaign his senior year. He led the team with 49 receptions for 605 yards and five touchdowns.
Winslow was a three-year starter for the Cougars. Casey, also a three-year starter, had 55 tackles, 3<MD+,%30,%55,%70> 1/<MD-,%0,%55,%70>2 sacks and an interception.
AGUIRRE TO BYU
Lee Aguirre, a former South El Monte High School football standout who played the past two seasons for Fullerton College, has signed a grant-in-aid letter to attend Brigham Young University.
Aguirre, who helped South El Monte advance to the CIF-Southern Section division semifinals in 2005, is a two-year JC-Gridwire All-American and was a first-team cornerback this past season. He also was first team All-Region III.
The sophomore, who helped Fullerton to the SCFA National Division Southern Conference title and a trip to the CCCAA Southern Regional semifinals, had a team-high eight interceptions this past season.
Mt. San Antonio College's Ivan Armenta, a freshman from Ontario, was named to the 2008 NSCAA/adidas junior college Division III men's soccer All-America team.
Armenta helped lead Mt. SAC to a 19-5-3 record. The Mounties advanced to the CCCAA final four for the second consecutive season but lost to Cerritos in the championship game.
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