McKinnon and Byrd Tabbed First-Team All-SoCon

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Coaches football all-conference teams, awards released

Samford leads the way with 12 all-conference picks


SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Southern Conference tri-champion Samford put a league-high 12 student-athletes on the all-conference first and second teams, while fellow tri-champion had Chattanooga had nine and claimed three of the five individual postseason awards, as selected by the SoCon's nine head coaches and announced by the league office Tuesday.

Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Davis Tull repeated as defensive player of the year and Mocs skipper Russ Huesman was named the league's coach of the year. Appalachian State running back Marcus Cox was the runaway winner for freshman of the year, and Furman offensive lineman Dakota Dozier claimed the Jacobs Blocking Award.


The coaches named first and second teams in offense, defense and special teams. Because of a tie in the voting, the second-team special teams had four members, bringing the total to 25 honored on the first teams and 26 on the second teams. The coaches also named all-freshmen teams in offense, defense and special teams, honoring 27 players due to ties on offense and special teams. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players or themselves in the selection process. All nine teams had at least one all-conference selection and one all-freshman selection.


Samford, which shared the regular-season crown with Chattanooga and Furman, had five first-team selections and seven second-team selections to headline the all-conference teams. The Mocs had a league-best seven first-team selections and nine overall. Samford and Chattanooga had three all-freshman selections each.


Appalachian State and Western Carolina shared league-high honors with five all-freshman picks apiece.


Jacob Huesman finished the season with 1,637 yards through the air, as he was 164-for-240 with 16 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He also ran for 894 yards, scoring another nine touchdowns on the ground. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native was the league's offensive player of the week on Nov. 4 after running for 132 yards and a touchdown and throwing for 127 yards and two more scores in a win over Appalachian State. Huesman had three games with more than 200 yards passing and three with more than 100 rushing, topping the century mark in both categories in back-to-back games in November. He threw for multiple touchdowns five times, with four in a win over Western Carolina. Five times this season, Huesman threw and ran for touchdowns in the same game. The sophomore becomes the Moc's first-ever coaches' offensive player of the year.


Tull, a defensive lineman, led the league in sacks for the second straight season, posting 9.0 this year en route to becoming the league's first repeat defensive player of the year since Appalachian State's Dexter Coakley took the award three straight times from 1994-96. Tull posted 52 tackles on the season (37 solo), with 15.0 going for lost yardage. The Knoxville, Tenn., junior had a league-best four forced fumbles with one recovery and led the Mocs with eight quarterback hurries. Tull was the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 14 after forcing two fumbles and recording 3.5 sacks in a win over Furman. He is a finalist for the Buchanan Award, given annually to the top defensive player in FCS.


Russ Huesman led Chattanooga to its first SoCon title since 1984 and just its fifth overall. The Mocs were nationally ranked for several weeks of the season, finishing the year in the top 25 in both the FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Poll. Huesman directed Chattanooga to an overall record of 8-4, with a 6-2 mark in SoCon play. The Mocs finished their season as the top defensive squad in the SoCon, leading the league in scoring defense and total defense. One of just two Chattanooga coaches to ever be named coach of the year by his peers (Buddy Nix, 1990), Huesman is taking the honor for the second time and first since 2009.


Appalachian State's second straight freshman of the year, Cox finished his rookie campaign as the SoCon leader with 1,250 yards rushing and was less than a yard out of first place in yards per game with 104.2 per contest. The Dacula, Ga., native set or tied several Mountaineer records on the year, including setting school freshman records in rushing yards and total touchdowns (21) and tying the mark for rushing TDs with 15. He surpassed 100 yards rushing in six contests this season, including an Appalachian State freshman-record 215 in a win over Western Carolina. The SoCon's leading scorer with 126 points on the year, Cox was the league's freshman of the week a record six times in 2013. He is a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, given annually to the top freshman in FCS.


Dozier becomes the latest in a long line of Paladins to win the Jacobs Blocking Award, as he is now the 14th player in Furman history to earn the honor and first since Joel Bell in 2008. The senior from West Columbia, S.C., is part of an offensive line that has helped the Paladins lead the league in red-zone offense, turning chances into points 29 out of 33 times (87.9 percent). The Paladins have scored 16 touchdowns from the red zone, with 15 of those coming on the ground.



2013 Coaches All-Southern Conference Football Team


Offensive Player of the Year – Jacob Huesman, So., QB, Chattanooga

Defensive Player of the Year – Davis Tull, Jr., DL, Chattanooga

Freshman of the Year – Marcus Cox, RB, Appalachian State

Jacobs Blocking Award – Dakota Dozier, Sr., OL, Furman

Coach of the Year – Russ Huesman, Chattanooga


First Team Offense

QB             Jacob Huesman, So., Chattanooga

RB              Jerick McKinnon, Sr., Georgia Southern

RB              Fabian Truss, Sr., Samford

OL              Kendall Lamm, Jr., Appalachian State

OL              Dakota Dozier, Sr., Furman

OL              Dorian Byrd, Sr., Georgia Southern

OL              Kevin Revis, Sr., Chattanooga

OL              Jared Singleton, Sr., Wofford

TE              Faysal Shafaat, Jr., Chattanooga

WR             Tony Washington, Sr., Appalachian State

WR             Kelsey Pope, Sr., Samford


First Team Defense

DL              Derek Douglas, Gr., The Citadel

DL              Gary Wilkins, Jr., Furman

DL              Davis Tull, Jr., Chattanooga

DL              Tarek Odom, Jr., Wofford

LB              Justin Shade, Sr., Samford

LB              Wes Dothard, Sr., Chattanooga

LB              Alvin Scioneaux, Sr., Wofford

DB             Brandon McCladdie, Gr., The Citadel

DB             D.J. Key, Sr., Chattanooga

DB             Jaquiski Tartt, Jr., Samford

DB             Kadeem Wise, Sr., Chattanooga


First Team Specialists

PK              Ray Early, Sr., Furman

P                Bentlee Critcher, Fr., Appalachian State

RS              Fabian Truss, Sr., Samford


Second Team Offense

QB             Andy Summerlin, Sr., Samford

RB              Marcus Cox, Fr., Appalachian State

RB              Donovan Johnson, Sr., Wofford

OL              Cullen Brown, Gr., The Citadel

OL              Manrey Saint-Amour, Jr., Georgia Southern

OL              Garrett Frye, Jr., Georgia Southern

OL              Kasey Morrison, Sr., Samford

OL              Tymeco Gregory, Sr., Wofford

TE              Zeke Walters, Sr., Samford

WR             Andrew Peacock, Sr., Appalachian State

WR             Karnorris Benson, So., Western Carolina


Second Team Defense

DL              Justin Oxendine, Jr., The Citadel

DL              Jerry Mathis, Jr., Samford

DL              Jeremy Towns, Sr., Samford

DL              Josh Freeman, So., Chattanooga

LB              Carl Robinson, Jr., The Citadel

LB              Kyle Oehlbeck, Sr., Georgia Southern

LB              Mike McCrimon, Sr., Wofford

DB             Lavelle Westbrooks, Sr., Georgia Southern

DB             Greg Worthy, Sr., Furman

DB             James Bradberry, So., Samford

DB             Ace Clark, Jr., Western Carolina


Second Team Specialists

PK              Warren Handrahan, Fr., Samford

P                Ray Early, Sr., Furman

RS              Kierre Brown, Jr., Elon

RS              Chaz Moore, Sr., Chattanooga


All-Freshman Offense

Marcus Cox, RB, Appalachian State

B.J. Bennett, RB, Elon

Marcus Anderson, RB, Furman

Andrej Suttles, WR, Furman

Kevin Ellison, QB, Georgia Southern

Karel Hamilton, WR, Samford

Derrick Craine, RB, Chattanooga

Corey Levin, OL, Chattanooga

Michael Helms Jr., TE, Western Carolina

Garry Lewis, RB, Western Carolina

Willie Police, WR, Western Carolina

Anton Wahrby, OL, Wofford


All-Freshman Defense

Kennan Gilchrist, LB, Appalachian State

Alex Gray, DB, Appalachian State

John Law, LB, Appalachian State

Tevin Floyd, LB, The Citadel

John Silas, LB, Elon

Trey Robinson, DB, Furman

T.J. Warren, LB, Furman

Jared Holloway, DL, Samford

Keionta Davis, DE, Chattanooga

Bryson Jordan, LB, Western Carolina

Trey Morgan, DB, Western Carolina


All-Freshman Specialists

Bentlee Critcher, P, Appalachian State

David Petroni, P, Elon

Younghoe Koo, PK/P, Georgia Southern

Warren Handrahan, PK, Samford

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