Bears’ Tight End named MEAC All-Conference First Team

BALTIMORE, Md. — Senior tight end Lamont Bryant is the lone Moran State player on the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference all-conference first team, as announced by the league office.

Bryant, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound senior from Newport News, Va., was voted to first team status while Bears’ teammates Lawrence Brewer, Travis Davidson and Zary Stewart were named to the second team. Brewer is a senior offensive tackle, Davidson is a junior running back and Stewart, a senior, was selected to the second team as a defensive end.

The all-conference teams are selected through voting of the MEAC’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Bryant, who grabbed five passes for 55 yards as a junior in 2010, had a breakout year in 2011 with 21 receptions, 371 receiving yards and two touchdowns. His receptions yardage was the best this season for a tight end in the conference.

Bryant had a catch in 10 of 11 games played, including four games with three or more catches and he posted two receptions for a season-high 79 yards and a touchdown in a Homecoming victory against Savannah State.

Brewer, who was one of the Bears’ five co-captains this season, finished as an All-MEAC selection for the second time. The senior tackle from Fort Washington, Md., was a mainstay for the Bears offensive line unit and was the Bears’ top-graded blocker in eight of the 11 weeks.

Davidson, a product of Redford, Mich., made an immediate impact ever since he was inserted into the starting lineup on Sept. 10 at Bowling Green. In fact, Davidson took his first carry 61-yards to the endzone. He completed the season ranked No. 4 in the MEAC in rushing with 144 carries for 796 yards (5.1 avg) and seven touchdowns. He also had two 100-yard games, including a season-best 133 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown at Bethune-Cookman.

Stewart, an Upper Marlboro, Md. product, was a relentless pass rusher for the Bears this season. The 6-4, 260-pounder was ranked No. 6 in the MEAC in sacks (6), T-No. 8 in tackles for loss (13) and completed the season with 44 tackles (28 solo.

The 2011 Bears finished with a 5-6 record in Donald Hill-Eley’s 10th season at Morgan State and tied for fifth in the MEAC. Norfolk State and Old Dominion –will be competing this weekend in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Leonard L. Haynes IV
Morgan State University ? Media Relations Director

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Nccu’s Irvine Earns All-Meac Football Honors As Return Specialist

Durham Native Tops Eagles in Punt Return and Kickoff Return Average

NORFOLK, Va. – North Carolina Central University redshirt junior Geovonie Irvine has earned all-conference recognition as a return specialist, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced Tuesday.

A native of Durham, N.C., Irvine garnered second-team All-MEAC honors as voted on by the league’s head football coaches and sports information directors.

The 5-7, 161-pound wide receiver started returning punts and kickoffs in the fourth game of the season against Savannah State. The second kickoff Irvine touched, he returned 81 yards for a touchdown.

Irvine finished the season as NCCU’s leader in both punt return and kickoff return average. He returned 18 kickoffs for 400 yards and a touchdown, an average of 22.2 yards per kickoff return. He also returned six punts for 54 yards, an average of 9.0 yards per punt return, with a long effort of 17 yards.

Although not recognized for his receiving attributes, Irvine capped his third season as an Eagle with team-highs of 47 catches for 580 yards and five touchdowns. With one season remaining, he ranks fourth among NCCU’s all-time receptions leaders with 138 career catches.

For a complete list of conference honorees, visit www.MEACSports.com.

Soteros Receives All-MIAC First-Team Honors

Full MIAC press release

http://www.miac-online.org/news/2011/11/17/FOOTBALL_1122110804.aspx

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jordan Soteros (Jr./Scottsdale, Ariz./Pinnacle) represented the Carleton College football team on the All-MIAC First-Team. Selected by the conference coaches for his all-around game, he starred as both a cornerback and a returner. He is the first Carleton cornerback named to the all-conference first team since 2003 and only the fifth over the last 29 campaigns. (SEE CHART AT BOTTOM OF RELEASE)

Soteros was second in the MIAC in passes defended and had four interceptions on the year, including two that he returned for touchdowns which was tops in the conference. He also forced a pair of fumbles, one off the conference lead. He ranked fifth among conference defensive backs (17th among all players) with 7.0 tackles per game. His stats included 49 solo stops, third best in the conference overall and tops among defensive backs.

When he wasn’t playing defense, Soteros was impacting the game on special teams. He finished fourth overall in the MIAC with a 9.1-yard punt return average. He was also second in the conference with a kickoff return average at 23.1 yards. That figured included a 92-yarder for a touchdown versus Concordia, the longest scoring play in the MIAC this season. When teams kicked away from him, Soteros still made an impact as he provided key blocks for teammate DeAngelo Williams to also rank among the conference’s top 10 in kick returns.

Despite not playing offense, Soteros’ three touchdowns meant he finished third on the Knights in scoring.

He was voted the MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 10) following his performance against Concordia and Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 17) for his play at St. Olaf. He is one of only five athletes to win a pair of MIAC weekly football awards this season and one of only two to pull off the defensive-special teams combo.

Carleton Defensive Backs to earn All-MIAC distinction (since 1983)

1985

 — Dave Adams  — safety  — (second team)

1986

 — Terry Knoploh  — cornerback  — (second team)

1987

 — Dave Adams  — safety  — (first team)

1988

 — John Heyneman  — safety  — (second team)

1989

 — Tim Thull  — cornerback  — (first team)

1990

 — Tim Thull  — cornerback  — (first team)

1991

 — Art Gilliand  — safety  — (second team)
   — Eric Hanson  — safety  — (second team)

1992

 — Art Gilliand  — safety  — (first team)
   — Aston Coleman  — cornerback  — (first team)

1995

 — Al Stier  — safety  — (second team)

2000

 — Josh Schroeder  — cornerback  — (first team)

2003

 — Nick Brokke  — cornerback  — (first team)

2004

 — Luke Muellerleile  — safety  — (second team)

2005

 — Luke Muellerleile  — safety  — (second team)

2006

 — Mike Kootsikas  — safety  — (second team)

2007

 — Drew Ziller  — safety  — (first team)

2008

 — Drew Ziller  — safety  — (first team)
   — Nick Desarek  — cornerback  — (second team)

2009

 — Neil Kolstad  — safety  — (second team)

2011

 — Jordan Soteros  — cornerback  — (first team)

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Big South Announces 2011 Football Awards, All-Conference Teams

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) and Presbyterian College defensive back Justin Bethel (Blythewood, S.C.) have been voted the 2011 Big South Football Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, by the Conference’s head coaches and media panel, it was announced today by the League office. PC linebacker Donelle Williams (Starke, Fla.) was tabbed Freshman of the Year, while Stony Brook’s Chuck Priore was voted Coach of the Year. In addition, the Big South’s sports information directors voted Coastal Carolina defensive back Marcus Lott (Union, S.C.) as the football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Maysonet is Stony Brook’s first-ever Big South Offensive Player of the Year honoree, and is the first running back since Liberty’s Rashad Jennings in 2008 to win the Conference’s top offensive award. Maysonet is second in the nation in rushing yards per game at 135.00 and yards per carry at 6.94, and his 1,485 rushing yards this season is second-most in a campaign in Big South history. He has scored 15 rushing touchdowns and 16 overall to tie for the League lead, and has rushed for 100 yards in a game eight times this season — second-most in a single season in Conference annals. Maysonet scored four rushing touchdowns in a game twice this year, becoming the first player in Big South history to accomplish this feat, and he ranks 10th nationally in scoring and 22nd in the country in all-purpose yards per game. A two-time Big South Offensive Player of the Week honoree in 2011, Maysonet rushed for a career-best 194 yards against Lafayette before gaining 863 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in six Big South games this season. He closed out the regular-season with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games and five-straight games with a touchdown, helping Stony Brook capture the outright Big South championship.

Maysonet received 14 first-place votes and 28 points, ahead of runner-up Mike Brown (Liberty), who received six first-place votes and 12 points.

Bethel is the first Presbyterian College player to be honored as the Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. He finished the regular-season fourth in the Big South with a career-high 87 tackles (7.9 per game), in addition to ranking third with 10 passes defended and second with four interceptions — one of which he ran back for a touchdown at California. Bethel recorded double-digit tackles in four games, including a career-high 15 at Furman, and finished the year with 3.5 tackles-for-loss and one sack. He also blocked three kicks this season, including two on punts that he returned for touchdowns. A national finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, Bethel was a two-Big South Special Teams Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, and was the College Football Performance Award National Defensive Performer of the Week in Week 3. Bethel helped the Blue Hose defense finish first in scoring defense in Big South games and second in total defense against Conference competition.

Bethel, just the second defensive back to be named Big South Defensive Player of the Year and the first since 2003, received eight first-place votes and 20 points, finishing ahead of Marty Patterson (Gardner-Webb), who received six first-place votes and 18 points. VMI’s A.J. Gross was third in the voting with 10 points (three first-place votes).

Williams was fifth overall in the League with 83 tackles, which ranked third among linebackers, and was second on the Blue Hose squad in total stops. He recorded at least 10 tackles in three games, including a career-high 18 in PC’s double-overtime loss at Liberty on Oct. 29, earning Big South Freshman of the Week honors for his effort. Williams, who had an additional three games with at least eight stops, led the team with 10 tackles at Charleston Southern and had two tackles-for-loss among his eight tackles at Coastal Carolina — including a tackle in the end zone that gave PC is first safety in Division I history. He made his collegiate debut with six solo tackles and three assisted stops against nationally-ranked Wofford, and also recovered a fumble in that game. He is the first linebacker to be voted Freshman of the Year since 2007 and the fourth overall.

Williams received eight first-place votes and 24 points, ahead of Gardner-Webb kicker Trever Austin (six first-place votes and 15 points).

Priore earns his second Big South Coach of the Year award in three years after leading Stony Brook to the first 6-0 Big South record in League history and the Seawolves’ first outright and third consecutive Conference title in four years of associate membership. After starting the season 0-3, he led the Seawolves to eight consecutive wins and their first-ever FCS Playoff berth. During its championship run, Stony Brook scored 40 points in a Big South-record seven consecutive games, as well as becoming the first League member to score 40 points in every Conference game in a season. The Seawolves enter the postseason with the nation’s leading scoring offense (39.64 points), third-best rushing offense (287.36) and the sixth-highest total offense (449.36). Stony Brook also led the Big South in rushing defense at 95.36 yards allowed, currently pacing ahead of the Conference single-season record, and has held seven opponents under 100 yards rushing in a game this season. In Conference games, the Seawolves were tops in scoring offense (48.8 points), rushing offense (300.2) total offense (482.8) and total defense (324.2), and second in scoring defense (21.3).

Priore received 14 first-place votes and 34 points, finishing ahead of Presbyterian College’s Harold Nichols (five first-place votes and 20 points).

Lott is a 3.91 student majoring in middle grades education. He helped Coastal Carolina finished 3-3 in the Big South and 7-4 overall — the Chanticleers’ best won-loss record since 2006. Named a CoSIDA Academic All-District IV honoree and among the national honorees for Academic All-America, Lott finished his senior season with 41 tackles in nine games, including 4.0 tackles-for-loss and four pass break-ups. He is the second Coastal Carolina student-athlete to be voted the football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining Josh Hoke (2006).

The Big South also announced its All-Conference first and second teams. The squads are comprised of 12 offensive and defensive players and five special teams players, plus any ties. Liberty led the way with 15 selections, including a League-high seven First-Team honorees. Stony Brook was second with 10 All-Conference members, followed by Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb (9 each), Presbyterian College (7), Charleston Southern (5) and VMI (4).

Maysonet and Bethel each earned a spot on the All-Conference First-Team. Stony Brook’s Brock Jackolski picked up All-Big South First-Team honors as a running back and Second-Team honors as a kickoff returner for the second time in his career.

Gardner-Webb wide receiver James Perry III received All-Conference honors for the fourth time in his career, becoming the seventh football player to be named All-Big South all four years of eligibility. The list of 2011 All-Conference members and award winners, as well as the All-Academic Team, appears below.

2011 BIG SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS AND ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS

FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
QB Mike Brown, R-Sr., Liberty
RB Miguel Maysonet, Jr., Stony Brook
RB Brock Jackolski, Sr., Stony Brook
WR Chris Summers, R-Sr., Liberty
WR James Perry III, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
WR Nathan Perera, Soph., Charleston Southern
TE Tommy Shaver, R-Sr., Liberty
OL Joe Faiella, Sr., Stony Brook
OL Rob Bailey, Sr., VMI
OL Jamie Dunaway, Jr., Gardner-Webb
OL Malcolm Boyd, Jr., Liberty
OL Max Travis, Sr., Presbyterian College

DEFENSE
DL Preston Pemasa, Soph., Gardner-Webb
DL Ryan Haber, R-Sr., Stony Brook
DL Brian Davis, Sr., Presbyterian College
DL Matt Goods, R-Soph., Gardner-Webb
LB Marty Patterson, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
LB A.J. Gross, R-Sr., VMI
LB Jawara Dudley, Soph., Stony Brook
LB Andrae Jacobs, Jr., Coastal Carolina
DB Justin Bethel, Sr., Presbyterian College
DB Josh Norman, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DB Charles James, R-Jr., Charleston Southern
DB Chris Kuzdale, Sr., Charleston Southern

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Wesley Skiffington, R-Jr., Stony Brook
P Mike Larsson, Sr., Liberty
LS Richard Wright, R-Soph., Liberty
KR Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty
PR Ricky Rhodes, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb

SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
QB Kyle Essington, Jr., Stony Brook
RB Kenny Little, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
RB Lance Byrd, Jr., Presbyterian College
WR Pat Kelly, Jr., Liberty
WR Matt Hazel, Soph., Coastal Carolina
WR Tracy Hairston, R-Sr., VMI
TE Jamie Childers, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL Steve Demilio, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
OL Jamey Cheatwood, R-Soph., Coastal Carolina
OL Toney White, R-Sr., Liberty
OL Tim Franklin, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL Aaron Lundy, R-Jr., Liberty

DEFENSE
DL Asa Chapman, Sr., Liberty
DL Roosevelt Kirk, Sr., Stony Brook
DL Chris Thomas, Jr., Coastal Carolina
DL Francis Bah, R-Soph., Liberty (tie)
DL Derren Evans, Sr., Presbyterian College (tie)
LB Nick Sigmon, R-Fr., Liberty
LB CeeJay Harris, Sr., Presbyterian College
LB Mike Chocholousek, Jr., Charleston Southern
LB Desmond Steward, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DB Byron Allen, R-Sr., VMI
DB Walt Aikens, R-Soph., Liberty
DB Dominick Reyes, R-Jr., Stony Brook
DB Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Trever Austin, Fr., Gardner-Webb
P Patrick Morgano, Jr., Presbyterian College
LS Mike Chocholousek, Jr., Charleston Southern
KR Brock Jackolski, Sr., Stony Brook
PR Niccolo Mastromatteo, Soph., Coastal Carolina

ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Richard Mounce, R-Jr., QB, Charleston Southern
Marcus Lott, Sr., DB, Coastal Carolina
Jamie Dunaway, Jr., OL, Gardner-Webb
Matt Bevins, Sr., K, Liberty
James Festa, Soph., OL, Presbyterian College
Kyle Essington, Jr., QB, Stony Brook
A.J. Gross, R-Sr., LB, VMI

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Miguel Maysonet, Jr., RB, Stony Brook

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Justin Bethel, Sr., DB, Presbyterian College

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Donelle Williams, LB, Presbyterian College

COACH OF THE YEAR
Chuck Priore, Stony Brook

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Marcus Lott, Sr., DB, Coastal Carolina

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Hansen Bowl MVP Award honors Craig Burroughs

Craig Burroughs

Hansen Bowl MVP Award honors Craig Burroughs

Craig Burroughs, a member of the Executive Board of the Hansen Bowl, passed away on November 1, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the most widely-traveled college football writer in history who had covered 1,177 games in person as of the conclusion of the 2010 season. By uanimous agreement. the Exective Board has named the Hansen Bowl MVP in his honor.