Annual Football Awards Announced
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/26/2013
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Courtesy: Southern Conference

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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