The Boys of Fall in Spring
The Don Hansen Football Committee released its NCAA Division II All-America Team last month and the Eastern New Mexico University football team's offense was well represented by running back Kamal Cass and offensive lineman William Jurek. Cass garnered first team honors to joined E'lon Spight (2014) and Christian Long (2013) as Greyhound running backs to earn All-America status over the last three seasons. Jurek was an honorable mention choice and the first ENMU lineman to earn the distinction since Adam Robinson after the 2011 season. The duo helped the Greyhounds set a number of records last season, which included a team-record 485 points, 68 total touchdowns, 5,878 yards of total offense, 7,273 all-purpose yards, 4,144 rushing yards, and 50 rushing touchdowns. The pair also paced Eastern to its first bowl game of the program's NCAA Division II era, with the team's third straight season of at least six wins. In his sophomore season, Cass developed into one of the most explosive offensive weapons in the nation. As a freshman, he averaged four yards per carry and finished with 148 yards. In 2015, Cass has averaged 7.1 yards per carry, and posted an LSC high 1,514 yards and a team-record 22 touchdowns. Cass finished sixth in the nation in rushing yards, 15th in yards per carry, and fourth in rushing touchdowns. He has scored in all but two games this season, with multiple touchdowns in seven games. Cass also topped the 100-yard mark in seven of the last eight games. Against NCAA participant Midwestern State, Cass rushed for a career-best 197 yards. He found the end zone four times against Texas A&M-Kingsville. For the season, he registered a team-best 13 rushed for at least 20 yards. Cass closed out the season with a 171-yard performance and two touchdowns in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl against Arkansas Tech. Eastern's starting right guard paved the way for one of the top offensive units in the nation. The Greyhounds boasted the third ranked rushing offense in the nation were 13th in the country in scoring. For the third consecutive season, the Hounds set a team record for points. Jurek's blocking helped Eastern roll up 500 yards of total offense on six occasions and top the 600-yard mark twice. His blocking led to ENMU snapping the school record with 583 yards rushing against Angelo State. That total came within three yards of the LSC single-game mark. Eastern posted 503 yards of offense against a tough ATU defense in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl.