The USD football team celebrates their win against Valpariso on Nov. 15, to win the Pioneer Football League Championship. Photo credit: Brock Scott.

USD’s football team suffered a tough 52-14 loss to the University Montana in the first round of the NCAA Division I College Football Championship last Saturday. However, they received some awards on Monday and Tuesday that may have eased the pain.

In his second year as the Toreros head coach, Dale Lindsey won the 2014 Pioneer Football League Coach of the Year, which was announced on Monday after he led the Toreros to a 7-1 record in conference, en-route to winning the PFL championship.

“It’s a nice honor and an award for the entire USD organization,” Lindsey said. “I give all the credit to our coaching staff and players. Like I’ve said all along, they are the ones that win the games, not me.”

On Tuesday, USD would receive more postseason honors when it was announced that 16 players earned All-PFL recognition.

Six players landed earned First-Team All-PFL honors, including senior wide receiver Brandon White (San Jose, Calif.), sophomore running back Jonah Hodges (Santa Cruz, Calif.), junior offensive tackle Pono Keni (Kailua, Hawaii), senior linebacker Una Hamala (Inglewood, Calif.), senior safety Matt Miller (Santa Maria, Calif.), and junior kicker David Last (Valley Center, Calif.).

Senior wide receiver Reggie Bell (Union City, Calif.), freshman tight end Ross Dwelley(El Dorado, Calif.), junior fullback Chris Campano (San Diego, Calif.), senior linebacker Troy McClelland (San Diego, Calif.), and sophomore cornerback Jamal Agnew (San Diego, Calif.) all earned Second-Team All-PFL recognition.

Lastly, sophomore punter Ryan Belden (Diamond Bar, Calif.), sophomore defensive lineman Jamal Newman (Oceanside, Calif.), junior offensive guard Jeff Starr (Norwalk, Conn.), freshman defensive end Jonathan Petersen (Poway, Calif.) and senior cornerback Toney Sawyer (Los Angeles, Calif.), were on the All-PFL Honorable Mention list.

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