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2012 Football Accolades Include 4 Signed to Division-1 Teams

The Dean College Football team ended their 2012 season with an impressive 7-3 record. Even more impressive are the accolades and achievements in the month following the season. As we reported earlier,  two players were named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Dean College FootballAmericans, and four have signed with impressive Division 1 programs in the National College Athletic Association.

Six-foot-two-inch receiver Shavarez Smith, who caught 43 balls for 685 yards and 6 touchdowns, was recruited to and signed by South Alabama (read about it on ESPN).

Lance BurlingameDean College FootballFlorida Atlantic University (FAU) was very interested in the talents of two Dean players, one on each side of the ball.  The aforementioned Rodney “Lucky” Whitehead was recruited and signed, and shortly after, defensive lineman Lance Burlingame signed with FAU (read about it in the Sun Sentinel).

Finally, the impressive play of four Dean players was recognized by well respected NCAA Division 1 football programs around the country. Starting Quarterback Trevor Vasey was heavily recruited by Elon University in North Carolina, ultimately where Vasey signed (read about it in the Providence Journal). Vasey expects to compete for the starting quarterback job immediately.

Congratulations to all on their achievements.


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Rodney “Lucky” Whitehead and Byron Pinkston Named NJCAA Football All Americans


The National Junior College Athletic Association announced that two Dean College football players were named to the All America football teams for 2012.

Rodney “Lucky” Whitehead was named All American first-team in the TE position. In 2012, Whitehead rushed for a total of 294 yards on 46 attempts (6.4 yards per carry) and scored 3 touchdowns on the ground. Whitehead also caught 30 balls through the air gaining a total of 602 yards (average of 20.1 yards per catch) and scored 3 touchdowns. He also scored 2 touchdowns on punt returns.

Byron Pinkston was a force as an Offensive Lineman, gaining recognition as an Honorable Mention All American.

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