BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE
Offensive Player of the Year: Chandler Burks, QB, Kennesaw State
Burks finished his final season with 1,043 passing yards and 10 touchdowns, but he will be remembered for what he did on the ground. The Walter Payton Award finalist ran for 905 yards and a single-season FCS quarterback record of 29 rushing touchdowns.
For his career, Burks ran for 3,431 yards and 56 touchdowns and became the first quarterback in Big South Conference history to run and throw for 1,000 yards in the same season last year. The 56 touchdowns are an all-time Big South record for any position, and Burks finished as the conference’s all-time leader in scoring. He also helped Kennesaw State to a 37-12 record through four seasons.
Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Gore Jr., LB, Kennesaw State
Gore makes his debut as an All-American after being named the Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which honors the best FCS defensive player in the nation. He was an integral piece of a defense that ranked second in the country in total defense, allowing just 263.7 yards per game. The senior leader ranked second in the Big South in sacks and tackles for loss and set the league record with six tackles for loss against Wofford in the second round of the FCS Playoffs.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Isaac Foster, RS, Kennesaw State
The Big South Conference Special Teams Player of the Year continues to haul in postseason awards after an electric year that saw the freshman become the first player in league history to record two 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same season.
Offensive Freshman of the Year: Juwon Farri, RB, Monmouth
The Big South Offensive Freshman of the Year led the conference with 1,024 yards on 149 carries while reaching the endzone eight times. His 7.4 yards per carry was fifth in the NCAA and demolished the old school record. Farri, a First Team All-Big South selection tied the school record with 263 all-purpose yards in a win over Campbell, earning STATS National FCS Freshman of the Week honors. He was a four-time Big South Freshman of the Week honoree and was Offensive Player of the Week once.
Defensive Freshman of the Year: John Singleton, DL, Gardner-Webb
Defensive end John Singleton was named Big South Conference Defensive Freshman of the Year. Singleton, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound redshirt freshman,
led all freshmen defensive linemen in the Big South Conference with 51 total tackles and 3.0 sacks, while adding 5.5 tackles for loss. also earned a spot on the second team defense. He started all 11 games for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, emerging as a leader on a defensive line that featured six freshmen in a seven-man rotation for much of the year.
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