Okana­gan Sun play­ers named to BCFC all-star de­fen­sive team

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Five mem­bers of the Okana­gan Sun have been named to the B.C. Foot­ball Con­fer­ence’s 2017 all-star de­fen­sive team.

The an­nounce­ment was made on the heels of the all-star of­fen­sive team, an­nounced yes­ter­day, which in­cluded of­fen­sive line­men Mar­shal Klein and Matthew Robinson, and re­ceiver Nate An­der­son.

De­fen­sive line­man Cole Klughart (6’2” 250 lb) was named to the team in his first year with the Sun. The for­mer Univer­sity of Saskatchewan Husky put up 17 tack­les and 4.5 sacks in eight reg­u­lar sea­son games.

The Sun took two of three line­backer spots with Conor Richard and Eli Haynes. The sec­ond-year Richard (6’0” 210 lb) is a re­peat all-star. Head­ing into Satur­day’s ac­tion, he’d recorded 33 tack­les along with two sacks this year, while also record­ing a forced fum­ble and a fum­ble re­cov­ery. Richard also recorded one in­ter­cep­tion, which he ran back for a touch­down. Richard is also a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the Sun’s spe­cial teams with 11 kick­off re­turns for 262 yards.

Fifth-year vet­eran Haynes (6’0” 225 lb) led the team with 40 tack­les head­ing into Satur­day’s game. He has also picked up two forced fum­bles, one fum­ble re­cov­ery, and four de­flected passes.

De­fen­sive backs Tye Kitz­man and Beck Fuller­ton were also named to the all-star team. Ver­non’s Kitz­man (6’2” 190 lb) is in his third year with the team. Be­fore Satur­day, he had 34 tack­les and six in­ter­cep­tions. One of those picks was re­turned for a touch­down, and went along with his 10 de­flected passes.

Fuller­ton (6’2” 215 lb) joins Richard as an all-star for the sec­ond year in a row. He had 24 tack­les recorded be­fore Satur­day, along with two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies, one forced fum­ble, and two de­flected passes. He ended the reg­u­lar sea­son with two in­ter­cep­tions.

The team was cho­sen by five league mem­bers, six mem­bers of the me­dia and all six BCFC head coaches.

The Sun con­tinue their prepa­ra­tions for a semi­fi­nal play­off game against the Van­cou­ver Is­land Raiders on Sun­day.

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