FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Senior Adam Kniffin and junior Jeff Walton were each selected to the All-Northwest Conference First Team, the conference announced on Tuesday. It was the first All-NWC selection of Walton's career and the third First Team selection in Kniffin's storied career.
"Both Adam and Jeff are terrific testaments to what hard work and dedication can accomplish," said head coach Jeff Thomas. "We will have a huge hole to fill next year without Adam but we are fortunate that several of the younger receivers were able to learn from him. We are fortunate to have Jeff back as a senior and look forward to more success for him on the football field and the baseball diamond."
Kniffin concluded his record-setting career with 14 catches for 90 yards against Willamette. In doing so, he became the first receiver in Puget Sound history to catch for 1,000 yards in a season. Kniffin caught 77 passes this season for 1,002 yards, which averages to over 111 yards per game and 13 yards per catch. Both are career-highs for the record-shattering receiver out of Salem, Ore. Kniffin also led the NWC with 11 touchdowns and ranked eighth in Division III in receptions per game.
Walton had a career-best year as the Loggers' punter in 2012. He landed eight of his 45 punts inside the 20 and forced 12 fair catches on the year. His average of 38.5 yards per punt also ranked second in the NWC and 36th in Division III. Walton twice booted a 53-yard punt this year with one coming against Pacific and the other coming against Linfield.
The Loggers concluded their season last Saturday but will return over half of their starting units on both sides of the ball next fall.