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Hildebrand tops lengthy C. Arkansas list for Southland awards

(STATS) - The way Central Arkansas dominated the Southland Conference this season, it's no surprise the Bears did the same when the postseason awards were announced.

Five of the Southland's seven top honors went to Central Arkansas, including quarterback Hayden Hildebrand being named player of the year and defensive back George Odum earning the defensive award. Hildebrand is the top-rated passer in the FCS (181.3) after throwing for 2,768 yards and 27 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. Odum ranked sixth in the FCS with 6 1/2 solo tackles per game and had 106 total tackles, including eight for loss and four sacks.

Steve Campbell was named coach of the year after guiding Central Arkansas to a 10-1 record, including 9-0 in the Southland with only one game not decided by double digits. Five of his Bears made the first-team offense and five made the defense, including three-fifths of the offensive line and three-quarters of the D-line. Additionally, Central Arkansas running back Kierre Crossley was named freshman of the year, and teammate John Cook was honored as the conference's top offensive lineman.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: J. Tabary2511
Passing TDs: J. Tabary21
Rushing Yards: D. Hamm805
Rushing TDs: D. Hamm6
Receiving Yards: K. Shelby625
Receiving TDs: D. Crawley5
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2017
Date Opponent Result / Time
8/31 at Nicholls L 35 - 37
9/9 vs. Florida Tech W 42 - 21
9/16 at Alcorn State W 34 - 27
9/23 vs. Houston Baptist W 27 - 12
9/30 at Stephen F. Austin W 35 - 0
10/7 at Abilene Christian W 13 - 7
10/21 vs. Incarnate Word W 55 - 7
10/28 at Central Arkansas L 17 - 47
11/4 vs. Southeastern Louisiana W 13 - 3
11/11 vs. Northwestern State W 44 - 24
11/18 at Lamar W 13 - 3
Southland
  Conference Overall
3 Central Arkansas 9-0 10-1
5 Sam Houston State 8-1 10-1
19 McNeese State 7-2 9-2
Nicholls State 7-2 8-3
Southeastern Louisiana 6-3 6-5
Northwestern State 4-5 4-7
Stephen F. Austin 4-5 4-7
Abilene Christian 2-7 2-9
Incarnate Word 1-7 1-10
Lamar 1-8 2-9
Houston Baptist 0-9 1-10
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4491 (38)
Passing Yards: 2585 (33)
Rushing Yards: 1906 (39)
Points per game: 29.8 (38)
Yards per game: 408.3 (39)
Touchdowns: 36 (48)
Field Goals: 15 (10)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 2888 (6)
Passing Yards: 2289 (64)
Rushing Yards: 599 (1)
Points per game: 17.1 (13)
Yards per game: 262.5 (5)
Touchdowns: 19 (9)
Field Goals: 7 (25)
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