Tulsa's Shoals Earns First-Team All-WAC Honors
Nov. 28, 2000
University of Tulsa receiver Donald Shoals was named to the Western Athletic Conference's first-team all-league squad today, as announced by the conference office.
Shoals was selected as a first-team performer at receiver and as a return specialist. The 5-10 junior was among the nation's leaders all season in receiving and punt returns. On the year, Shoals caught 80 passes for 1,195 yards and five touchdowns, while returning 17 punts for 266 yards, a 15.6 average and two touchdowns. His season performance ranks fourth on the school's all-time single-season receiving chart.
Shoals, a native of Enid, Okla., ranks fourth in the nation in total receiving yards (1,195), second in the WAC and 10th nationally in receiving yards per game (99.6), first in the WAC and 11th nationally in receptions per game (6.67), first in the WAC and 10th nationally in punt returns (15.6), and third in the WAC and 40th nationally in all-purpose yards (127.2).
He had the third-best receiving performance in school history with 11 receptions for 271 yards and two touchdowns against New Mexico State. That performance also ranks as the third-best in WAC history. Shoals returned punts for touchdowns covering 71 yards against Rice and 41 yards vs. Hawaii.
Tulsa has now had a receiver earn either first or second-team All-WAC honors in each of Tulsa's five seasons as members of the Western Athletic Conference. Wes Caswell was a second-team selection in 1996 and 1998, while Damon Savage was a first-team performer in 1997 and earned second-team merits in 1999. Shoals is the ninth Tulsa player to earn first-team all-WAC honors since joining the league in 1996.
"This is a great honor for Donald and it's a credit to him and how hard he worked. He proved game-in and game-out that he could play the receiver spot with the best of them," said Tulsa Head Coach Keith Burns. "To earn first-team honors at both receiver and as a punt returner shows what a real threat he was when he touched the ball. Donald was a sparkplug for this football team. He should be strongly considered for preseason All-America honors next year."
In addition, the Hurricane had four players earn honorable mention all-WAC accolades. Senior offensive guard Steve Wiedower earned honorable mention merits for the second straight season, while senior linebacker Ashon Farley, true freshman defensive back CJ Scott and junior placekicker Chris Earnest were also honored.
Farley, a second-team pick a year ago, led the Hurricane in tackles for the third straight season with 115 stops, while Scott was the team-leader in passes defensed with 11, including five interceptions and six pass breakups. He also tallied 46 tackles and caused a team-high three fumbles. Earnest, who was twice named the WAC's Special Teams Player of the Week, finished the season converting 12-of-17 field goals including a long of 47 yards.
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