McM's Morris And Diamond Are All-Americans

McM's Morris And Diamond Are All-Americans

<font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">ABILENE, Texas - McMurry Unviersity seniors Will Morris and Delfonte Diamond were honored for their play in the 2011 football season by D3football.com as all-Americans. Morris, a senior free safety, landed on the second team for the second-straight season and Diamond, the senior tight end, was a third-team selection in his final year with the team.<br> </span></font>
ABILENE, Texas - McMurry Unviersity seniors Will Morris and Delfonte Diamond were honored for their play in the 2011 football season by D3football.com as all-Americans. Morris, a senior free safety, landed on the second team for the second-straight season and Diamond, the senior tight end, was a third-team selection in his final year with the team.

Morris anchored a secondary that had the best pass defense in the American Southwest Conference for three straight seasons. The Katy native finished with 90 tackles, three forced fumbles, five interceptions and five pass breakups. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns throughout the season and compiled 31 tackles in McMurry's two playoff games to close the year.

"He's just been a real warrior for us on defense and kind of the leader back there," said McMurry University head coach Hal Mumme. "He's going to be a guy that's going to be hard to replace back there."

Diamond led the team in receptions and receiving yards with 71 and 930 respectively while grabbing eight touchdown passes in the process. He surpassed the 100-yard mark three times and caught multiple touchdown passes twice. One of his season's highlights was catching the winning touchdown pass with 19 seconds to play in a McMurry win over NCAA Division I FCS UT-San Antonio Sept. 10 at the Alamodome.

"I'd like to see those other two, it would be hard to believe there's anybody better at tight end than Delftonte," Mumme said of the third-team selection from Houston. "Every time we needed a play this year it seemed like he was there for it."

The War Hawks finished the season at 9-3 and were ranked the highest the program had ever been ranked in its tenure in the NCAA Division III at No. 14 by D3football.com and No. 15 by the AFCA.

"I'm really proud of our seniors and our kids and the whole institution for the way everybody stepped up and had a good season," Mumme said.

McMurry's playoff appearance was the first of any NCAA team in the school's history and the War Hawks' playoff win over Trinity Nov. 19 was the first postseason win of any kind in the program's history. The historic season helps put a close to McMurry's era in the NCAA Division III.

"I think it was a landmark season because it was the last in Division III. We're moving on to Division II and I think for us to finish with the only Division III playoff spot is poetic justice," Mumme said. "We accomplished all our goals except one in getting past Mary Hardin-Baylor and winning conference. We weren't able to do that but we were able to do a lot of other good things."

McMurry lost to No. 3-ranked UMHB in the regular season 28-27 Sept. 17 and then again in the playoffs to the No. 4-ranked Crusaders Nov. 26 to end the season.

The War Hawks landed 15 players on the all-conference teams and six on the D3football.com all-South Region squad including Mumme as South Region Coach of the Year.
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