Ben Gardner, SR, 5-10, LB, First Team All-KCAC, Gardner was second on the Tabor defense with 76 tackles including 6.5 tackles for loss. The 5-10, 205 pound LB added 1.5 sacks and an interception in 10 games. Gardner earned honorable mention status in 2013.; Derrick Lawrence, SR, 6-1, DL, First Team All-KCAC, led the Bluejays with 77 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, and nine sacks. He also recovered one fumble and forced three. It is the first all-conference nod for Lawrence.; D'Marco Smith, SR, 5-8, RB, Second Team All-KCAC, rushed for 469 yards and five TDs in eight games. This is the first all-KCAC award for Smith.; Dimitri Bowie, SO, 6-2, DL, Second Team All-KCAC, had 18 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack anchoring the Bluejay interior defensive line. It was the first all-KCAC award for Bowie.;
Last Year's Overall Record:7 - 4
Top 5 Recruits:
Omar Spry, JR, 6-1, DL, El Camino College; Jose Licon, JR, 6-1, OL, Garden City Community College; Oscar Velasco, JR, 5-10, LB, Chaffey College; Dakari Stallings, JR, 6-0, DB, -;
Matt Buckman, SR, 6-4, OL, First Team All-KCAC; Shawn Johnston, SR, 6-1, 220, Second Team All-KCAC; Matt McElroy, SR, 6-2, 190, Second Team All-KCAC; Marshall McShan, FR, 5-9, 210, Honorable Mention All-KCAC;
Tabor looks to return to the top of the conference thanks in large part to eight returning All-KCAC players, as well as senior quarterback Simon McKee who was lost last season due to a shoulder injury. Before McKee went down the Bluejays earned their highest top 25 ranking ever as they climbed to No. 3 in the polls. McKee along with the rest of the Bluejays earned one of the programs biggest regular season wins last season as they defeated NAIA power Missouri Valley College on the road. However do to injuries the Bluejays were not able to withstand their hot start as they finished the regular season ranked No. 24 in the polls. However with the return on McKee along with another strong recruiting class the Bluejays should rebound nicely in 2015. The key to the 2015 season is going to be health, depth, and team chemistry as Tabor continues to be relevant in the KCAC race. â€œChemistry, fundamentals, and humility are what I am looking for this year more than anything,â€ said Head Coach Mike Gardner. â€œOur ability and talent need to continue to be about team success. If we do that than individual can goals happen.â€ The Bluejays return 57 lettermen and will have a deep roster that will include 34 former captains and many new players from a wide variety of winning programs.