SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth senior standouts Ronnie Thomas and Jake DeGooyer were recognized for their outstanding seasons as first team selections to the 2012 All-Northwest Conference football team, which was released this morning by the league office.
Thomas, a senior RB, led the NWC by a wide margin in rushing yards (1,239), yards per game (123.9) and rushing touchdowns (13). He averaged 4.5 yards per carry and over the course of 274 rushing attempts during the season he only fumbled one time. He is a first team All-NWC honoree for the second year in a row.
DeGooyer, a senior WR, finished second in the conference in overall receptions (73) and receiving yards (1,015). He tied for third in receiving yards per game (101.5) and in receiving touchdowns (8). Last season DeGooyer was a second team All-NWC pick.
Cochran, a junior DE, was the only Whitworth defensive player on the first or second team in 2012. He finished fourth on the team in total tackles (46), but led the Pirates by a wide margin in overall tackles for loss (9.5 for 29 yards).
Guthrie, a senior OT, is on the All-NWC second team for the second year in a row. The senior completed his third year as a starting offensive lineman for the Pirates.
Meyer, a junior TE, finished second on the team in pass receptions with 16. He had 289 receiving yards and scored one touchdown.
The six Pirates who received All-NWC honorable mention are defensive players Nic Brockhoff (So., LB), Scott Carr (Sr., LB), Brodrick Hirai (Jr., DT) and Casey Monahan (Jr., DB) and offensive players Liam Brown (Jr., OL) and Bryan Peterson (So., QB).
Brockhoff finished with 52 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown at La Verne. Carr, a 2012 team captain, totaled 38 tackles and also returned an interception for a touchdown against Puget Sound, despite battling a persistent shoulder injury. Hirai had 35 tackles this season, including 2.5 for loss. Monahan totaled 45 tackles and two interceptions.
Peterson is an honorable mention selection for the second year in a row. He completed 56.8% of his passes for 1,762 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also finished with a net of 81 rushing yards and one touchdown. Brown, a 2012 team captain, was in his second season as a starter on the offensive line.
This group led Whitworth to a final record of 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the NWC, a three-win improvement over 2011.