8 Florida Tech Panthers Selected to Don Hansen All-Super Region Two Team In Football
By Florida Tech // January 20, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – On Tuesday, eight members of the Florida Tech football team were named to the 2015 Don Hansen All-Super Region Two Team.
The Panther honorees were headlined by first teamer Kenny Johnston, who locked up the lone tight end honor. After catching just three total passes in 2014, Johnston reeled in 43 for 787 yards, third most in the conference.
The Jacksonville, Florida native was no stranger to the end zone, catching a Gulf South Conference-best 10 touchdown passes.
FIT also landed a pair of players on the second team.
Kevin Delgado was awarded one of two offensive guard spots, while J.J. Sanders was one of three defensive ends selected.
Delgado was a key cog to one of the Gulf South Conferences most explosive offenses. The Miami, Florida native started all 11 games for the Crimson and Gray.
Sanders led the conference in tackles for loss with 18.0 and tied for third in sacks with 6.5. The former Kent State Golden Flash tallied 59 total tackles, second most on the team.
The Panthers really made their mark on the third team, having five players selected in Gabe Hughes, Skylar Sheffield, Chris Stapleton, Manny Abad and Antwuan Haynes.
The other half of FIT’s dynamic duo of tight ends, Hughes ranked seventh in the GSC in receiving yards with 566, gathering three touchdown passes along the way.
Sheffield recorded 47 tackles, including 26 solo stops, and also tallied 4.0 tackles for loss in the middle of the Panthers’ defensive line.
Stapleton was second in the conference with 89 total tackles and 55 solo stops. The linebacker’s 8.0 TFLs were good for 10th in the GSC.
Abad tied for second in the conference with 11 passes defended, including 10 breakups at cornerback. The Cuban native also intercepted one pass and registered 39 total tackles.
Haynes was named as a return specialist after leading the GSC with 641 kick return yards. Haynes also stakes claim to FIT’s first-ever punt return for a touchdown, housing his first career attempt against Fort Valley State.
The eight Panther honorees doubles the mark established in 2014, when four FIT players, including Hughes and Sanders, were bestowed with the honor.