Luis Perez named Lone Star Conference Male Athlete of the Year.
RICHARDSON – Luis Perez, who led the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team to the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship, has been named the Lone Star Conference Male Athlete of the Year, as announced by the league office Tuesday.
Perez is the first Lion student-athlete ever to win the prestigious Athlete of the Year award, which the LSC’s Player of the Year winners across all sports throughout the year selected. They initiated the award in 1999.
“Luis Perez is the ultimate student-athlete who we were fortunate to have here at A&M-Commerce,” said A&M-Commerce head football coach Colby Carthel. “He achieved at the highest level possible as a player, scholar, and citizen. This award is a fitting end to such an incredible career!”
Perez was the winner of the 2017 Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded the top Division II college football player in the nation. He completed 421-of-596 passes for 5,001 yards, 46 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. The 5,001 yards are the fourth-most by a quarterback in a single Division II season. He also set Division II Championship records for pass completions (144), pass attempts (211) and passing yards (1,570). He became the first quarterback to pass for over 300 yards in the National Championship game since 2005 and tied a Lone Star Conference record for the most 200-yard passing games in a season with 14. He became the first Harlon Hill Trophy winner to also win a Division II National Championship since 2002 and only the sixth overall in the 32-year history of Division II’s premier football award.
For his career, Perez completed 665-of-985 passes for 8,327 yards, 78 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He was the starting quarterback for 28 games, leading the Lions to a 25-3 record, two NCAA Division II playoff appearances, and a Lone Star Conference championship. He completed his collegiate career leading the Lions on a 10-game winning streak, which is the longest active winning streak in Division II.
He was named a First Team All-American by D2Football.com, the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, the Associated Press, and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, and a Second Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. He was also named the Ron Lenz Offensive Player of the Year by the D2CCA, D2Football.com Offensive Player of the Year, and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette Offensive Player of the Year. He won the J.W. Rollins Award as the Lone Star Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year and is a two-time First Team All-Lone Star Conference selection at quarterback.
Perez is currently on the Los Angeles Rams’ roster. He signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in May.
LONE STAR CONFERENCE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
|2018||Luis Perez, A&M-Commerce, Sr., Football|
|2017||Daeshon Francis, UT Permian Basin, Jr., Men’s Basketball|
|Marshall Kasowski, West Texas A&M, Jr., Baseball|
|2016||Marqui Christian, Midwestern State, Sr., Football|
|2015||Steve Naemark, Angelo State, Jr., Baseball|
|2014||Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M, Sr., Football|
|2013||Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian, Sr., Golf|
|2012||Nick Jones, Abilene Christian, Sr., Track & Field|
|2011||Chase Larsson, Cameron, Jr., Baseball|
|2010||Cyril Bouniol, Abilene Christian, Jr., Golf|
|2009||Bernard Scott, Abilene Christian, Sr., Football|
|2008||Sam Belt, Central Oklahoma, Sr., Basketball|
|2007||Nicodemus Naimadu, Abilene Christian, Sr., CC/Track & Field|
|2006||Danieal Manning, Abilene Christian, Football|
|2005||Drew Beard, Southeastern Okla., Football|
|2004||Cole Province, Central Oklahoma, Wrestling|
|2003||Olan Coleman, Tarleton State, Football/Track & Field|
|2002||Steve Kelly, Tarleton State, Football|
|2001||Roberto Garza, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football/Track & Field|
|2000||Roberto Garza, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Football/Track & Field|
|1999||Eddie Robinson, Central Oklahoma, Basketball|
TRACK & FIELD
Rashard Clark to represent A&M-Commerce at USATF Outdoor Championships.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Texas A&M University-Commerce rising senior Rashard Clark will compete in the U.S.A. Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Drake University on June 21-24. The USATF confirmed meet entries Monday.
Clark will compete in the 400-meter dash with a qualifying time of 45.54 seconds, which he set at the 2018 Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in San Angelo.
The first round of competition takes place at 5:05 p.m. Thursday, with the semifinals at 6:20 p.m. Friday, and the finals at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. LIVE RESULTS
Clark was the NCAA Division II national runner-up in the 400-meter dash outdoors at 45.70 seconds. He was the runner-up to Ashland’s Myles Pringle (45.35 seconds), who will also compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter dash.
Clark is one of two Division II student-athletes who will compete at this year’s USATF Outdoor Championships before completing his collegiate eligibility – with Pringle as the other. Clark is the school record holder in the 400-meter dash both outdoors and indoors and ran the anchor leg in the school record 4×400 meter relay both outdoors and indoors.
Based on available records, Clark is A&M-Commerce’s first representative at the USATF Outdoor Championships before completing their collegiate eligibility. The last Lone Star Conference representative at the USATF Outdoor Championships was Texas A&M-Kingsville high jumper Jeron Robinson, who jumped at the 2016 Olympic Trials, though he competed unattached after completing his collegiate eligibility.