FRISCO, Texas – Lamar University junior defensive back Nate Jones has been named second-team All-Southland Conference announced league officials Tuesday afternoon. Jones was one of four players recognized by the league as seniors Matthew Oubre (center) and Manasseh Miles (defensive end) and sophomore Case Robinson (tight end) were named honorable mention.
“I’m very excited for these guys,” said LU head coach Mike Schultz. “This is a great deal for Nate. He was a part of our 2017 signing class so it’s exciting to see him come in here and be recognized by the rest of the league head coaches and media relations directors.”
A transfer from Tyler Junior College, Jones made an immediate impact in the Cardinals’ secondary. The Mansfield, Texas native replicated the same numbers, in terms of interceptions, that 2016 All-American and third-round NFL Draft selection Brendan Langley produced. Jones finished the year with six picks to lead the Southland Conference. Jones also finished year ranked second in the league in passes defended.
The nation began to take note of Jones’ accomplishments this season. Jones ended the regular season tied for second nationally with six total interceptions – just one back of the overall lead. He also ranked among the nation’s top 10 in passes defended.
Not only did Jones equal Langley’s number of picks from last year, but he also recorded an identical stretch of success to the former All-American. Jones picked off at least one pass in three straight games for the Cardinals. Jones ended the year with 26 tackles, including 17 solo stops, and was credited with a fumble recovery.
Senior Matt Oubre overcame injuries to be the anchor of the Cardinals’ offensive line. Oubre transferred to LU from UL Monroe and immediately took over the starting role at center in his first season. One of the league’s more consistent linemen during his career, Oubre was also a member of the Cards’ front five that produced former national player of the year candidate Kade Harrington in the 2015.
Senior Manasseh Miles was in a similar situation to Oubre in 2017. Miles also overcame serious injuries earlier in his career to become one of the team’s top players. Miles finished second on the team with 58 total tackles, including 5.5 for losses. He also recorded four quarterback hurries, broke up three passes and recovered a fumble in his final season.
Robinson was one of the more interesting story lines of the 2017 campaign. A former quarterback, Robinson moved over to tight end during the offseason and worked his way into the starting line up by the third game of the season. He ended the year with year with 21 receptions for 263 yards and led the squad in touchdown receptions.