WICHITA FALLS, Texas—Lake Erie College junior running back continued to add to his impressive 2014 resumè, earning a spot on the Daktronics All-American First-Team, released by the organization Wednesday (Dec. 17). He becomes the first Storm football player to earn the All-American title from Daktronics.
Bilal, a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy- the top award in Division-II football- was previously named a Daktronics First-Team All-Region and First-Team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selection while garnering GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year honors.
The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable displays systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA).
Bilal broke several school records en route to becoming the Storm's first 2,000 yard rusher. He ended the year tied for lead nationally in rushing touchdowns with 29 and second in rushing yards with 2,091 on just 254 carries (8.2 avg.). Against Ohio Dominican University, Ferris State University and Michigan Tech University- three teams that qualified for the NCAA playoffs- Bilal totaled 626 yards and six touchdowns. Against an Ohio Dominican defense that allowed just 89 rushing yards per game, Bilal had 163. Against Ferris State, who allowed 97 rushing yards per game, Bilal had 193. His 270 yards in the final week against Michigan Tech- a team which allowed just over 120 yards per game to opponents- set a school record which he previously set earlier in the season. Against Walsh University, Bilal scored six rushing touchdowns, which tied the GLIAC record for most in a game. Overall, Bilal rushed for 200 or more yards in six games this season and scored three or more touchdowns in five games. Bilal had eight touchdowns of 40 yards or more including two 70-plus yard touchdowns.