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Delta State | RT | Jr.
6-7 | 300 | Meridian, Miss.
2016 Key Statistics: Started 9 of 9 games at right tackle on the offensive line…graded 86 percent with 17 1/2 knockdowns and three pancakes…graded 90 percent in four games, that includes two nationally ranked opponents…graded 93 percent with two knockdowns against nationally ranked Valdosta State….92 percent against No. 7 North Alabama in week nine…recorded a season-high 51/2 knockdowns against Kentucky Wesleyan graded a season best 94 percent with 1 pancake block against GSC leader West Alabama.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: First Season with Delta State after transfer from Copiah-Lincoln Community College…Will be an All-Gulf South Conference, All-Region and All-American nominee.
Team Record and Honors: 4-5 overall 3-4 Gulf South Conference with one game left to play Florida Tech
Coach’s Comment: “Derrick is great student of the game with a blue collar work ethic which are the two essential characteristics for a good offensive lineman. He is the most talented offensive lineman I have worked with on my 36 plus years as an offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.” (Joel Williams, Offensive Coordinator)
Mars Hill | C | Sr.
5-11 | 300 | Atlanta, Ga.
2016 Key Statistics: Joe has been the starting Center for 3 years. This year he has been team captain and my leader on the Offensive line. Joe has an average grade out of 90%. With a 95% Pass pro grade and an 85% run blocking grade. He has also given up zero sacks this season. He also has 40 pancake blocks so far this year which is a 4.44 average per game. Joe is a very physical and explosive player at center. He makes all our calls up front and gets everyone going to the right person to block.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Second teamm All-South Atlantic Conference in 2015 … First team preseason All-SAC in 2016.
Team Record and Honors: 4-5 overall … 2-3 in the SAC.
Coach’s Comment: “In the 24 years I that we have coached at Mars Hill, Joe Hillin is one of the top offensive lineman, if not the best we have had. He ranks up there with Denzelle Good who is the starting right offensive guard for the Indianapolis Colts. I think Joe is the best offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference.” (Tim Clifton)
Tuskegee | DE | Sr.
6-2 | 225 | Lithia Springs, Ga.
2016 Key Statistics: Morgan has split time with four other players at defensive end this season as the Golden Tigers go 11-deep; however, he is still the fourth-leading tackler on the team for Tuskegee. He has recorded 34 total tackles (including 15 solo) to go along with 5.5 tackles for loss this season. Morgan has also recorded 3.5 sacks and has four quarterback hurries while splitting time. He also has one pass breakup and one blocked field goal.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Morgan has recorded 22.5 sacks in three years at Tuskegee while playing defensive end after missing four games in his career. He has been a two-time preseason All-SIAC selection and has earned All-SIAC honors at the end of the season for his performance. The senior is a two-time All-Region and All-American selection, and was selected as the 2016 SIAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Team Record and Honors: The Golden Tigers have been to the playoffs two consecutive years with Morgan in uniform, and advanced to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals last season. The Golden Tigers have been ranked all three years, and reached a national ranking of #5 earlier this year in the AFCA poll, the highest in school history. They are currently 8-1 and ranked fourth in Super Region 2 this season.
Coach’s Comment: “Julian is a leader for our defense, he is very vocal and plays hard. He is good young man that works hard and does things the right way. There is no doubt he is the leader on the defensive side of the football.” (Willie Slater)
Newberry | LG | Sr.
6-3 | 310 | Huger, S.C.
2016 Key Statistics: Graded out a winner (80% or higher) all 10 games and has never been below 86%…Named team Offensive Player of the Week (entire offense) three times and Pancake of the Week (best pancake block) twice…Tallied over 40 pancake blocks throughout the season…Does not have a penalty assessed against him this season…Only returning starter on a dominant offensive line (“the shepherd of the offensive line” per OL coach Na’Shan Goddard) that has blocked for the nation’s 21st-ranked total offense, sixth-ranked quarterback in terms of passing yards, and second-ranked offense in terms of first downs gained…Graded out at 95% vs. Lenoir-Rhyne, when Newberry gained a school-record 729 yards of total offense and set a South Atlantic Conference record with 39 first downs in a 53-14 win….Has protected QB Raleigh Yeldell, allowing him to have eight 250-yard passing games, set the school single-season total offense and passing records, and move into eighth in SAC history in single-season total offense…Offense has surpassed 500 yards on four occasions and scored a school-record 37.6 points per game in 2016.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Currently a member of the Order of the Gray Stripe, the Newberry Football Honor Council…Has started 32 of Newberry’s 33 games over the last three seasons…Named preseason second team all-conference in 2016.
Team Record and Honors: Newberry is 9-1, ranked No. 19 in the AFCA Coaches Poll, and ranked No. 3 in the Super Region 2 poll (last released Oct. 31)…Wolves have won nine straight games overall and nine straight in the South Atlantic Conference dating to last season…Newberry is ranked second nationally in first downs (272), third in completion percentage (69.6 percent), fifth in third down conversions (51.9 percent) 12th in passing offense (309.0), and 21st in total offense (473.9)…QB Raleigh Yeldell is third in Division II in completion percentage (.703), fourth in completions per game (26.0), sixth in passing yards and yards per game (3,087/308.7) and total offense per game (341.8), and eighth in points responsible for (204)…Team leads SAC in eight offensive categories (including tackles for loss allowed) and Yeldell leads in nine.
Coach’s Comment: “As a first-year coach, I could not have asked for a better leader, captain, and young man than Bobby McNeil. He has been a first-year coach’s dream player for a first-year coach’s dream job. I couldn’t believe the type of response I got from him as a three-year starter coming into my first year in the program.” (Na’Shan Goddard, Offensive Line)
Carson-Newman | OL | Sr.
6-4 | 295 | Ponte Vedra, Fla.
2016 Key Statistics: Carson-Newman is top six in the country in rushing yards per game and top 25 nationally in total offense.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Preseason first team All-SAC selection. He has the highest single-game grade out in the history of Carson-Newman’s offensive line. Grading out at an 83 out of 85 possible points in the Eagles win over Saint Augustine’s this year. He ranks fifth in career knockdowns and has the highest average grade out on the team this year. He has started 30 consecutive games and cleared the way for a 1,000-yard rusher as a freshman, sophomore and junior, including a pair of Harlon Hill finalists.
Team Record and Honors: 4-6
Carson-Newman is top six in the country in rushing yards per game and top 25 nationally in total offense.
Coach’s Comment: “Austin has the heart of a lion. The growth that he has shown both as a player and person is tremendous. I’m forever thankful that he decided to line up with us and can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for him for the future.” (Ken Sparks)
North Greenville | LT | Jr.
6-6 | 260 | Irmo, S.C.
2016 Key Statistics: 23-knockdowns
Average Grade of 91%
Career Awards and Accomplishments: N/A
Team Record and Honors: N/A
Coach’s Comment: “Caleb prepares himself every week like a professional. He studies his opponents and looks for weaknesses in his own game at the left tackle position. Caleb plays with great balance and footwork in the pass game and with an unrelenting drive in the run game. He plays beyond the echo of the whistle. Caleb leads with actions and his pure passion for the game.” (Jeff Farmington)
West Georgia | DE
6-3 | 244 | Billings, Mont.
2016 Key Statistics: Enters final game of regular season with 13.5 sacks and 20 TFL; totals lead Gulf South Conference and rank in the Top 10 nationally in NCAA Division II.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Was All-GSC, All-Super Region II, and All-America as a junior in 2015. He has surpassed all last year’s numbers with this year’s performance. He holds UWG school records for both single season QB sacks (13.5 in 2016) and career sacks (24.5). He enters final game tied for all-time Gulf South Conference single season record for quarterback sacks.
Donahue was a finalist for the 2015 Gene Upshaw Award.
Team Record and Honors: UWG enters final week of the season with 6-4 record. Team has spent much of the season nationally ranked, but has dropped out of ratings in recent weeks.
Coach’s Comment: “”Dylan has been a tremendous performer and leader for us throughout his career. He is constantly double-and-triple teamed, and has still posted record numbers. He truly has a non-stop motor.” (Will Hall)
Lane College | DE
6-5 | 235 | Perkinston, Miss.
2016 Key Statistics: GP/GS 10/10, Total Tackles 75, Solo 61, Assisted 14, 32.5 TFL -184, Sacks 17.5-125, Brkup 4, 5 QBH, FF 3, FR 1
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Winner of the SIAC “Newcomer of the Week” award for two weeks during the season. Recorded 17.5 sacks on the season which is a season high amount. Richardson anchored the Defensive Unit that ranked #1 Nationally for 3rd down conversion Pct. Team Tackles ranked #5 Nationally, and also #23 Nationally for team sacks.Nominated for the SIAC All Conference Team & Defensive Player of the Year Awards and Newcomer of the year.
Team Record and Honors: 5-5
Coach’s Comment: “Whitney deserves to be considered as a top candidate for this award as he has been a leader on the field. Having the season he had with 17.5 sacks and 32 tackles for loss put our defense in position to get off the field on 3rd and 4th downs. Also with 61 of the total 75 tackles being solo he was able to take advantage of his speed and strength to make it happen.” (Derrick Burroughs)
North Alabama | LT | Sr.
6-4 | 290 | Boston, Mass.
2016 Key Statistics: Started all eight games for a UNA team that is ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 7 in the nation…Top offense in the Gulf South Conference, averaging 40.2 points per game…431.8 average total offense with 196.8 rushing and 235.0 passing…Moved to left tackle this year after earning All-American honors at guard last year and never missed a beat..
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Earned first-team All-Gulf South Conference, first-team D2CCA All-Super Region 2, first-team Don Hansen All-Super Region 2 and All-American in 2015 at right guard…Four-year letterman and two-year starter after walking on at UNA in 2012…Has been a part of four straight GSC championship teams and four straight NCAA playoff teams.
Team Record and Honors: UNA is 7-1 overall and has already claimed the 2016 Gulf South Conference Championship with a week to go with a 6-0 GSC mark…Team is first in the 46-year history of the GSC to win four straight football titles…Lions are also No. 1 in the region and will make their fourth straight post-season appearance…has played on UNA teams with a combined 34-9 record.
Coach’s Comment: “Stephen has been a great player for us for four years and he has improved tremendously each year to become one of the best offensive linemen in the country. He is very versatile and athletic and has played guard and tackle for us. He is also big and strong, has a great demeanor, is smart and is a great leader on our team.” (Bobby Wallace)
Wingate | DE | Sr.
6-2 | 225 | Sacremento, Calif.
2016 Key Statistics: Tackles: 50
TFL: 16 (-67)
Sacks: 6.5 (-36)
QB hurries: 9
Forced fumbles: 4
Fumble recoveries: 1
Pass break-ups: 1
Blocked kicks: 1
Career Awards and Accomplishments: All-SAC nominee
Team Record and Honors: Thanks to the efforts of Edwards and his teammates, Wingate leads the SAC in total defense, allowing only 276.7 yards per contest…The Bulldogs are 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the SAC…The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday, Nov. 12, concluding the regular season with a high-stakes match-up against the Newberry College Wolves at Setzler Field in Newberry, S.C….The winner of this game will be awarded the 2016 SAC regular season championship crown.
Coach’s Comment: “Ray Edwards has worked extremely hard to elevate this game. He is very deserving of this honor.” (Jon Reich)
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