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Waxahachie, Texas- December 9, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team is excited to announce that junior D’Vonn Brown was picked as the National Christian College Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) Defensive Player of the Year .  Additionally, junior kicker Chadd Dearen received first team honors as well.

Head coach Frank Tristan is pleased with the post-season honors Brown continues to receive, “D’Vonn is an outstanding athlete and competitor. He had an amazing year and is well deserving of this award.”

Brown, a 6’3 junior from Houston, Texas, had 62 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.  He ranked first in the country for tackles for loss and second in sacks.

Brown was also picked as First-Team Central States Football League (CSFL) Defensive Lineman, as well as the CSFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Dearen is from Rowlett, Texas.  In the 2015 season he had 15 field goals with a long of 54-yards.  Dearen averaged 38-yards a punt and 15 of his punts were downed inside the 20 yard line.  He also had 28 kick-offs for touchbacks.

For the second year in a row, Dearen was named as the CSFL Special Teams Player of the Year.

Senior tight end Caleb Shelly was named to the NCCAA Second Team Offense.  Sophomore defensive lineman Matt Lighter and senior defensive back Shakeem Taylor were picked for the NCCAA Second Team Defense.

“It is a great accomplishment for each one of these guys and a compliment to their hard work and dedication,” says Tristan, “I am very proud of each one of them.”

The SAGU Lions topped University of Northwestern to win the school’s first ever NCCAA Victory Bowl .  This was the first time SAGU has ever played in a post-season game.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

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