San Marcos, Texas – Three members of the Texas State football team were named All-Western Athletic Conference selections by WAC coaches the league announced on Monday.
Chase Harper is an All-WAC Second-Team tight end selection, while linebacker Joplo Bartu and defensive back Darryl Morris have been named to the Second-Team defense.
Harper finished the season second among Bobcat reception leaders with 28 catches for 315 catches and three touchdowns. He caught a season-best five passes for 48 yards against Stephen F. Austin. Harper also recorded four receptions for a season-best 61 yards. He also had three catches in four other games.
He also played defense on passing downs and recorded eight tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss of 20 yards, two quarterback sacks for losses of 19 yards and two other quarterback hurries.
Morris tied for 23rd nationally and fourth among WAC leaders with four interceptions and finished ninth among league leaders with nine passes defended. He also was fourth among Bobcat leaders with 61 tackles and had two tackles for loss. He recorded an interception return of seven yards against both San Jose State and UTSA.
Bartu led the Bobcats and tied for sixth among league leaders in tackles with 95. He also ranked second among WAC leaders with 12.0 tackles for loss and tied for fifth place among league leaders with 5.5 quarterback sacks for a loss of 35 yards. He also broke up a pass, hurried two quarterbacks, recovered a fumble and forced another fumble.
He ended his collegiate career with 62 tackles in Texas State’s final four games of the season. Bartu had career-bests of 17 tackles and four quarterback sacks along with a forced fumble in the Bobcats’ win against New Mexico State.
In addition, center Matt Freeman, running back Marcus Curry, defensive tackle Blake McColloch, defensive backs Craig Mager and Jason McLean, and return specialists Andy Erickson and Jafus Gaines were named Honorable Mention All-Conference selections.
Freeman started the first nine games and had 28 knockdown blocks this year before suffering a season-ending injury against Louisiana Tech.
Curry ran for 685 yards and scored 10 touchdowns on 113 carries to lead Texas State. He also ranked fifth among the team’s receiving leaders with 19 catches for 167 yards and two TD’s.
McColloch recorded 32 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss of 29 yards and 2.0 quarterback sacks for losses of 18 yards. He tied for fifth among league leaders with two fumble recoveries and returned one recovered fumble six yards for a touchdown against New Mexico State.
Mager tied for 23rd nationally and fourth among WAC leaders with four interceptions. He also ranked fourth among league leaders with 12 passes defended and set a school record with a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown against New Mexico State.
McLean ranked 19th among WAC leaders with 6.3 tackles per game and defended on six passes. He also forced a fumble and recorded 2.0 tackles for loss of six yards.
Gaines led the WAC in kickoff returns with 28 for 808 yards. Erickson was second in punt returns with 16.7 yards on 17 returns and ranked 10th in all-purpose yards with 86.5 yards per game.