November 23, 2004
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College-Record 23 Cougars Named to All-Conference Team
Coming off a second straight 10-0 season and fifth consecutive Western State Conference Championship, College of the Canyons was recognized for its efforts as the WSC named a school-record 23 Cougars to 24 spots on the All-Conference team. For the first time in school history, a player was named first-team All-Conference for both offense and defense, as Roshawn Marshall picked up a unanimous defensive selection as a corner back, and an offensive selection as a return specialist.
"Roshawn Marshall is one of the best corner backs to ever play here," said Cougar Head Coach Chuck Lyon. "And this team has had a lot of firsts this season: first time beating Bakersfield at Bakersfield, lowest scoring average against, and now we're going for our 12th win of the season. The conference selections say a lot about this program, the coaching staff and these players."
Marshall's unanimous selection was one of only four in the entire WSC Northern Division All-Conference Team. The others included College of the Canyons linebacker Jerrod Perry, Pierce linebacker Alain Karetepeyan and Valley defensive back Geoff Tisdale.
Additionally, Cougar wide receiver Tyrell Smith, who posted his second 1,000-yard season with the Cougars and led the conference in receptions, was named Division Player of the Year. Since football's reinstatement in 1998, College of the Canyons has had three Division Players of the Year, including Isaac Sopoaga, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49er's last year, in 2000 and Domata Peko, who is currently with Michigan State, in 2003. Chuck Lyon was also named Division Coach of the Year, his fourth award since 1998.
The #2 Cougars (11-0) take on #3 Griffins (11-0) from Grossmont College in the Semi-Final round of the California Community College playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. College of the Canyons played Grossmont last season in the semi-final round at Grossmont and lost 14-10.