Football - Thu, Nov. 15, 2007
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College senior quarterback Joey Waters has been selected as the Mid-South Conference East Offensive Player of the Year, the league announced Thursday.

Waters (McDonough, Ga.) is the first Bulldog to earn Player of the Year honors.

"It's a tremendous award for him and for Union. He's very deserving of it," Union coach Tommy Reid said. "He's had a good career and senior year, and we are very happy for him."

Others receiving top honors in the MSC East were Clay Hamblen of Georgetown (Ky.) College and John Bland of University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) as the Defensive Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.

In the MSC West, Dino Kaklis of Bethel (Tenn.) College was named the Coach of the Year, while Ronnie Jankovich of Bethel and Ryan Gloer of Shorter (Ga.) College received Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year nods, respectively.

Waters had a career year for the Bulldogs as he set single-season records for completions (253), attempts (422), yards (3,216) and touchdowns (27). He had six games, and five in a row, in which he threw for more than 300 yards in a game. Against West Virginia Tech, Waters set the single-season passing yards record with 518 yards in a 50-13 romp. He finished his career at Union as the all-time leading passer with 7,880 yards and 66 career passing touchdowns. Waters owns or shares 11 program records.

During the season, Waters was named the MSC Offensive Player of the Week four times as well as the NAIA Offensive Player of the Week once.

Union posted a 4-7 overall record and went 2-3 in the MSC East.