Seven LC Wildcats earn SAC All-Conference football honors

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Following its inaugural run through the Sooner Athletic Conference, seven Louisiana Christian University football players saw their names listed among the All-Conference list, which was released on Wednesday.

Leading the Wildcats on the All-Conference list was defensive back D’Mario Weathersby, who was named Second Team All-Conference. The sophomore from Clinton, La. led the team in tackles with 83 total tackles on the season. Two of those tackles were behind the line of scrimmage for a loss and he got his lone interception on the season in the season’s penultimate game at Lyon. This is Weathersby’s second postseason conference honor as he was named Third Team All-American Southwest Conference at the end of the Spring 2021 season.

The other six players were all listed as All-SAC Honorable Mentions and include Bennie Clark III, Cam Frederick, Markaylin Milburn, Me’Kyle Franklin, Tyler Darbonne, and Tyren Young.

Clark III, a sophomore defensive back from Houston, Texas, finished the season with 36 tackles, one of which was for a loss of yards. He also led the team in both interceptions with two and passes broken up with eight. This is his first postseason conference honor.

Frederick, a senior offensive lineman from Breaux Bridge, La., anchored the Wildcat offensive line that paved the way for an effective rushing attack and protected a trio of quarterbacks behind them during the season. This is Frederick’s third postseason conference honor as he was named American Southwest Conference Honorable Mention in 2019 and All-American Southwest Conference Second Team following the Spring 2021 season.

Milburn, a junior running back from Opelousas, La., had 104 carries for 576 rushing yards on the season for the Wildcats and five rushing touchdowns. His 5.5 yards per carry was the highest on the team among players with more than 50 carries on the season. He also added four receptions for 19 yards through the air. This is Milburn’s first postseason conference award.

Franklin, a freshman wide receiver from Addis, La., earned his spot for his contributions on special teams. He returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown through the season. On the year, he averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return and 21 yards per punt return. He earned one SAC Special Teams Player of the Week award during the season. This is his first conference postseason award.

Darbonne, a sophomore tight end from Eunice, La., had three catches for 24 yards during the season and drew his honor for the work he did on the end of the offensive line helping sure up the offensive edge. This is Darbonne’s first postseason conference honor.

Young, a freshman defensive back from Thibodaux, La., finished the season with 62 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and four quarterback sacks. He also had two pass break-ups, one interception, forced a fumble, and recovered a fumble. This is Young’s first postseason conference award.

The Wildcats finished their first season in the NAIA and Sooner Athletic Conference with a 4-7 overall record and 4-5 in the SAC.

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