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Football Coaches Awards Announced
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/25/2014
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Southern Conference champion Chattanooga claimed four of the five individual awards and 18 all-conference first- and second-team selections, as chosen by the SoCon’s eight 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 was named defensive player of the year and the Mocs’ Russ Huesman was named the league’s coach of the year. Jacob Huesman and Russ Huesman were repeat selections from last season, while Tull took the defensive honor for the third straight year.

Mocs sophomore offensive lineman Corey Levin claimed the Jacobs Blocking Award, while VMI quarterback Al Cobb was named the freshman of the year.

The coaches named first and second teams on offense, defense and special teams. Because of several ties in the voting, the second-team offensive unit had 13 players and the defense, bringing the total to 25 honored on the first teams and 28 on the second teams. The coaches also named all-freshmen teams on offense, defense and special teams, honoring 26 players due to a tie on special teams. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players or themselves in the selection process. All eight teams had at least one all-conference selection and two all-freshman selections.

Chattanooga, which won its first outright SoCon title since 1984 to secure an FCS Playoff berth for the first time since then, had nine selections each on the first and second teams, both league highs. The Mocs also had a league-best six all-freshman selections.

Samford and Western Carolina, which finished as runners-up to Chattanooga, had 11 and nine all-conference selections, respectively.

Jacob Huesman finished the regular season with 2,155 yards through the air, going 183-for-269 with a SoCon-best 21 touchdowns and just seven interceptions and compiling a league-best pass efficiency of 155.9. Huesman also ran for 763 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns and was one of just two players to rank in the top 10 in the SoCon in both passing and rushing. The Chattanooga, Tenn., junior was also a three-time SoCon Offensive Player of the Week this season, taking the honor on Oct. 6, Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, and was the SoCon Offensive Player of the Month in October. Huesman had five games this season in which he threw for at least 200 yards and eight in which he threw for multiple touchdowns. He turned in three games in which he ran for multiple scores. This season, Huesman became the Mocs’ all-time leader in wins (22) and total touchdowns (50 passing, 26 rushing). He is on the Payton Award Watch List.

Tull, a defensive lineman, leads the league in sacks for the third straight season, posting 10.5 this year to become the SoCon’s all-time leader with 37.0. With his third straight defensive honor, he becomes just the second player in league history to be named defensive player of the year three times and the first since Appalachian State’s Dexter Coakley from 1994-96. So far this season, Tull has amassed 55 tackles (35 solo), with 17.0 going for lost yardage. The senior from Knoxville, Tenn., also has a fumble recovery this season and was the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29. Tull is on the Buchanan Award Watch List.

Russ Huesman has led Chattanooga to a 9-3 overall record and a 7-0 SoCon mark this season for its sixth league crown. Coupled with last season’s shared SoCon title, Huesman has now led the Mocs to back-to-back titles for the first time since 1978-79. In addition to earning a spot in the FCS Playoffs for the first time in 30 years, the Mocs also earned the No. 8 national seed and a first-round bye. Huesman’s Mocs have been nationally ranked all season and are currently in the top 10. The coach of the year selection is Huesman’s third in the last six seasons and the Mocs’ fourth all-time.

VMI’s Cobb becomes the Keydets’ third freshman of the year and first since Titus Green in 2001. In VMI’s first season back in the SoCon after an 11-year run in the Big South, Cobb turned in an outstanding season, leading the SoCon with 2,971 yards and tossing 20 touchdowns on 269-for-438 passing. The Pulaski, Tenn., native started all 12 games for the Keydets, throwing for at least 200 yards in nine of them and multiple touchdowns in six. Cobb, a redshirt freshman, opened his career with 308 yards and four touchdowns at Bucknell on Aug. 30 and capped his rookie season with 396 yards and two TDs against The Citadel on Nov. 22, good for the second-highest single-game total in school history. Cobb, a four-time SoCon Freshman of the Week, is on the Rice Award Watch List.

Chattanooga’s Levin becomes just the second Moc to earn the Jacobs Blocking Award and the first in 31 years, joining Mike Nease, who won it in 1983. Also a first-team all-conference selection, Levin, a sophomore offensive lineman from Dacula, Ga., was integral in helping the Mocs boast the top scoring offense in the SoCon at 35.1 points per game and the third-best rushing offense in the league at 204.8 yards per game. The Mocs also lead the conference in pass efficiency at 154.2.

 

2014 Coaches All-Southern Conference Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year – Jacob Huesman, Jr., QB, Chattanooga
Defensive Player of the Year – Davis Tull, Sr., DL, Chattanooga
Freshman of the Year – Al Cobb, QB, VMI
Jacobs Blocking Award – Corey Levin, So., OL, Chattanooga
Coach of the Year – Russ Huesman, Chattanooga

First Team Offense
QB             Jacob Huesman, Jr., Chattanooga
RB              Denzel Williams, So., Samford
RB              Keon Williams, Sr., Chattanooga
OL              Sam Frye, Jr., The Citadel
OL              Joe Turner, Jr., Furman
OL              Gunnar Bromelow, Jr., Samford
OL              Corey Levin, So., Chattanooga
OL              Anton Wahrby, So., Wofford
TE              Faysal Shafaat, Sr., Chattanooga
WR             Karel Hamilton, So., Samford
WR             Spearman Robinson, So., Western Carolina

First Team Defense
DL              Gary Wilkins, Sr., Furman
DL              Derrick Lott, Sr., Chattanooga
DL              Davis Tull, Sr., Chattanooga
DL              Tarek Odom, Sr., Wofford
LB              Cory Magwood, Jr., Furman
LB              Justin Cooper, Jr., Samford
LB              Christon Gill, Sr., Western Carolina
DB             Jaquiski Tartt, Sr., Samford
DB             Cedric Nettles, So., Chattanooga
DB             Dee Virgin, So., Chattanooga
DB             Ace Clark, Sr., Western Carolina

First Team Specialists
PK              Henrique Ribeiro, So., Chattanooga
P                Greg Peranich, Sr., Samford
RS              Chandler Curtis, Fr., Mercer

Second Team Offense
QB             Troy Mitchell, Jr., Western Carolina
RB              Alex Lakes, Fr., Mercer
RB              Darius Ramsey, Jr., Western Carolina
OL              Wilson Heres, Jr., Mercer
OL              Jordan Boatright, Sr., Samford
OL              Kyle Champion, Sr., Samford
OL              Jacob Revis, Fr., Chattanooga
OL              Andy Marcotte, Sr., VMI
OL              Josh Wineberg, Jr., Western Carolina
TE              Duncan Fletcher, So., Furman
WR             Jordan Snellings, Jr., Furman
WR             C.J. Board, So., Chattanooga
WR             Tommy Hudson, Sr., Chattanooga

Second Team Defense
DL              Mitchell Jeter, Jr., The Citadel
DL              Michael Pierce, Jr., Samford
DL              Keionta Davis, So., Chattanooga
DL              E.J. Speller, Jr., Wofford
LB              Nakevion Leslie, So., Chattanooga
LB              Muhasibi Wakeel, Sr., Chattanooga
LB              Sertonuse Harris, Jr., Western Carolina
DB             Reggie Thomas, Jr., Furman
DB             Jamerson Blount, So., Samford
DB             James Bradberry, Jr., Samford
DB             Lucas Webb, Fr., Chattanooga
DB             Trey Morgan, So., Western Carolina

Second Team Specialists
PK              Richard Sigmon, Sr., Western Carolina
P                Nick Pollard, Sr., Chattanooga
RS              Detrez Newsome, Fr., Western Carolina

All-Freshman Offense
Cam Jackson, RB, The Citadel
Isiaha Smith, RB, The Citadel
P.J. Blazejowski, QB, Furman
Alex Lakes, RB, Mercer
Malik Johns, WR, Samford
Richardre Bagley, RB, Chattanooga
Jacob Revis, OL, Chattanooga
Hunter Townson, OL, Chattanooga
Al Cobb, QB, VMI
Detrez Newsome, RB, Western Carolina
Davis Lenoir, OL, Wofford

All-Freshman Defense
DeVonta Delaney, DB, The Citadel
Austin Barrett, DL, Mercer
Kyle Williams, LB, Mercer
Shaheed Salmon, LB, Samford
Tavon Lawson, DB, Chattanooga
Lucas Webb, DB, Chattanooga
Trevor Wright, DB, Chattanooga
Greg Sanders, DB, VMI
Derrick Davis, DL, Western Carolina
Daniel Riddle, LB, Western Carolina
Terrance Morris, LB, Wofford

All-Freshman Specialists
Jon Croft Hollingsworth, P/PK, Furman
Chandler Curtis, RS, Mercer
Detrez Newsome, RS, Western Carolina
David Marvin, PK, Wofford

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