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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: C. Holgorsen1240
Passing TDs: C. Holgorsen9
Rushing Yards: C. Jones786
Rushing TDs: C. Jones5
Receiving Yards: J. Watson484
Receiving TDs: J. Watson4
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2017
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/2 at Louisiana Tech L 24 - 52
9/9 at Grambling State L 10 - 23
9/16 vs. Lamar W 35 - 28
9/30 vs. Southeastern Louisiana L 20 - 49
10/7 at Nicholls L 10 - 14
10/14 at Sam Houston State L 36 - 40
10/21 vs. Central Arkansas L 17 - 45
10/28 at Houston Baptist W 10 - 7
11/4 vs. Abilene Christian W 26 - 23
11/11 at McNeese L 24 - 44
11/18 vs. Stephen F. Austin W 38 - 21
Southland
  Conference Overall
3 Central Arkansas 9-0 10-2
5 Sam Houston State 8-1 12-2
19 McNeese State 7-2 9-2
Nicholls State 7-2 8-4
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: 4006 (63)
Passing Yards: 2412 (50)
Rushing Yards: 1594 (63)
Points per game: 22.7 (67)
Yards per game: 364.2 (61)
Touchdowns: 30 (70)
Field Goals: 14 (24)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4844 (104)
Passing Yards: 2923 (107)
Rushing Yards: 1921 (88)
Points per game: 31.5 (101)
Yards per game: 440.4 (107)
Touchdowns: 41 (96)
Field Goals: 9 (49)
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