Comets' Calhoun, Nilson are first-team All-State selections

Comets' Chris Calhoun (No. 43), Devin Nilson: 1st-team All-State. (Hugh Cox Photos)
Comets' Chris Calhoun (No. 43), Devin Nilson: 1st-team All-State. (Hugh Cox Photos)

VISALIA (12-26-2018) – Palomar landed two players on the All-State first team selected by the California Community College Athletic Association -- linebacker Chris Calhoun on defense and utility player Devin Nilson on offense.

Calhoun is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound freshman out of Mission Hills High School, while Nilson is 6-foot-0, 187-pound sophomore from Carlsbad High School who starred as a receiver and punt returner for coach Joe Early's Comets.

The California Community College Athletic Association also released its 2018 All-American team, naming Riverside City College quarterback Stone Smartt as Offensive Player of the Year and Butte College lineman Michael Kutch as Defensive Player of the Year.

The CCCAA has slightly more than half the nation's JC football teams, while the National Junior College Athletic Association, which does not include any California teams, also selects an All-American team of its own. The Northwest Athletic Association, made up of colleges from Washington and Oregon, also is not represented by the NJCAA.

The J.C. Grid-Wire, which selected All-American teams representing every community college in the nation for more than 60 years, no longer picks All-American teams.