Sun quintet headline defensive all-stars

Five members of the Okanagan Sun have been named to the BCFC’s 2017 All Star Defensive Team.

The announcement was made on the heels of the All Star Offensive Team announced yesterday, which included OL Marshal Klein, OL Matthew Robinson, and R 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.

At linebacker, the Sun took home two of the three nominations, with Conor Richard and Eli Haynes.

The second-year Richard (6’0” 210 lbs) has been named an all-star for the second year in a row.

Heading into Saturday’s action, he’d recorded 33 tackles along with 2 sacks this year, while also recording a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Richard also recorded 1 interception, which he ran back for a touchdown. Other defensive stats include 1 blocked kick, and 4 deflected passes.

Though he was recognized for defensive prowess, Richard is also a major contributor to the Sun’s special teams.

Over the season, he had 11 kickoff returns for 262 yards.

Fifth year veteran Eli Haynes (6’0” 225 lbs), and lead the team with 40 tackles heading into Saturday’s game.

He’s also picked up 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 4 deflected passes.

All-star nods for the Defensive Back position went to both Tye Kitzman and Beck Fullerton.

Vernon’s Kitzman (6’2” 190 lbs) is in his third year with the team.

Before Saturday, he had 34 tackles with a tie of the team lead in interceptions, at six.

One of those picks was returned for a touchdown, and went along with his 10 deflected passes.

Fullerton (6’2” 215 lbs) joins Richard as an All Star for the second year in a row, and joins Haynes as a graduating member of the Sun.

He had 24 tackles recorded before Saturday, along with 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, and 2 deflected passes.

He also ended the regular season with two interceptions – the final one coming on Saturday against the Rebels.

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

The Sun now continue their preparations for a semi-final game against the Vancouver Island Raiders on Sunday.

Kickoff at the Apple Bowl is set for 1 pm.