Brawner named All-MIAA

Junior linebacker Jared Brawner makes a tackle against Central Missouris Edgar Givens. Southern lost 47-14

Junior linebacker Jared Brawner makes a tackle against Central Missouri’s Edgar Givens. Southern lost 47-14

After a season-ending loss to Northwest Missouri, the Missouri Southern football team placed seven players on the All-MIAA team, six of which were honorable mentions.

Juniors Jared Brawner, Johnny Johnson, Sklyer Vandiver, David Benham, Jarius Jarvis, senior Fred Smith and sophomore Justin Cowper were among those named to the All-MIAA team.

Brawner, a linebacker, was a first-team defensive selection. Brawner recorded 66 solo tackles and 54 assisted tackles, recording 120 tackles total.

He recorded a career high of 17 tackles during the game against Northwest.

Brawner also collected one interception. Brawner is a two-year letter winner from Kirksville, Mo.

Wide receiver Johnson was named an honorable mention on offense. Johnson had 50 receptions for 564 yards, averaging 11.3 yards a catch.

He also had four kick returns for a total of 84 yards. Johnson is from St. Louis, Mo.

Defensive back Vandiver was among four Southern players who made the honorable mention defensive team. Vandiver had 42 solo tackles.

The junior also had 36 assisted tackles, for a total of 78. Vandiver is a two-year letter winner from Maryville, Mo. He also played at Benedictine College.

Defensive lineman Benham had 55 total tackles during the 2008 season. Benham recorded 20 solo tackles and 35 assisted. The native of Okeene, Okla., is a two-year letter winner at Southern.

Jarvis, a defensive lineman, had 53 total tackles. He had 23 solo and 30 assisted tackles.

Jarvis also played for Nicholls State before transfering to Southern. He is from Donaldsonville, La.

Senior wide receiver Fred Smith had 24 punt returns this season, recording 224 yards. He also recorded 496 yards on 20 kick returns. Smith, who previously played for Tulane, is from Destrehan, La.

Also on the honorable mention list was Cowper. The defensive back recorded 31 solo tackles and 25 assisted for a total of 56 tackles.

Senior quarterback Adam Hinspeter broke the school record and became the all-time leader in total offense. Despite the loss to Northwest, Hinspeter had 191 yards passing and completed 17 passes on 36 attempts.

Hinspeter ends his collegiate career as the all-time leader in completions with 842. He also leads in passing yards with 9,016 and total offense (8,881).

He is ranked first all-time in the MIAA in completions, third in career passing yards, fourth in total offense and sixth in touchdowns passes.

The 48-24 loss, ended Southern’s season with a 4-7 record.