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FCS 2018 Southern Awards

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

Offensive Player of the Year: Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford

Hodges was named to multiple All-America teams again this year.
Photo: The Comeback

Hodges set a school record for single-season passing yards, throwing for 4,283 yards this season, breaking the old record of 4,088, set by Hodges in 2016. He also became the all-time leader in career passing yards in FCS history. His 14,584 career passing yards broke the old FCS national record of 14,496, set by Steve “Air” McNair at Alcorn State from 1991-94. Hodges also threw 32 touchdown passes this year.

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Defensive Player of the Year: Isaiah Mack, DL, Chattanooga

Isaiah Mack of UT Chattanooga is one of the best FCS players in the country.
Photo: UTC Athletics

Mack, who was named a finalist for the 2018 Buck Buchanan Award, posted 8.5 sacks, 11.5 TFLs and two forced fumbles on the year.  The Tunnel Hill, Ga., native was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week by SouthernPigskin.com after leading the Mocs with nine tackles in a 34-27 win over VMI on Oct. 27. His 8.5 sacks on the year are second in the Southern Conference and No. 19 in the FCS.  He has 21.0 career sacks, which is fourth-place all-time at UTC.

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Freshman of the Year — Quay Holmes, RB, ETSU

Holmes, the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, earned the accolade for all-purpose yards as he totaled 1,480 yards in his first season with the Blue and Gold. The first team all-SoCon selection racked up 928 rushing, 279 receiving and 273 kickoff return yards en route to ranking 22nd among FCS players in all-purpose yards (second among freshman). Holmes became just the third player in ETSU history to rush for double-digit touchdowns as his 13 rushing scores were tied for second all-time by a Buccaneer and ranked 10th in the FCS this season.

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Jacobs Blocking Award — Matt Pyke, OC, ETSU

Pyke barks out the line calls.
Photo: Johnson City Press

Pyke, who picked up his fourth All-American honor this postseason, played in 789 of the 795 possible snaps this season for the Bucs. The Clinton, Tenn. native received the Jacobs Blocking Award, which is given to the top offensive lineman in the Southern Conference, while also earning first team all-SoCon honors. Pyke started all 45 games over his playing career, while his blocking this season led the Blue and Gold turn in nine 100-yard rushing games and four games of over 200 yards.

2018 Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards

The Touchdown Club of Columbus gives several annual awards to recognize outstanding athletes. Here’s a quick rundown…


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2018 SAMMY BAUGH AWARD

The Sammy Baugh Trophy is awarded annually to the nation’s top collegiate passer.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DWAYNE HASKINS, QB, OHIO STATE

2018 CHIC HARLEY AWARD

Named for Chic Harley, this award is presented to the College Football Player of the Year.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DWAYNE HASKINS, QB, OHIO STATE

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2018 KELLEN MOORE AWARD

Previously called the Quarterback of the Year Award, this accolade differs from Sammy Baugh Trophy in that it goes to top quarterback, rather than the top passer. Its name was changed to its current identity in 2012, honoring two-time winner Kellen Moore, who became the FBS all-time leader in wins by a quarterback after going 50–3 as the starter at Boise State.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DWAYNE HASKINS, QB, OHIO STATE

2018 JIM BROWN AWARD

This honor goes to the NCAA’s top running back, recently named for Hall of Famer Jim Brown.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DARRELL HENDERSON, RB, MEMPHIS

2018 PAUL WARFIELD TROPHY

Named for Paul Warfield, this honor is given to the nation’s top collegiate wide receiver.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

RONDALE MOORE, WR, PURDUE

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2018 JIM PARKER TROPHY

Given yearly to the top collegiate offensive lineman. Named for Ohio State great and Hall of Famer Jim Parker.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

JONAH WILLIAMS, OT, ALABAMA

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2018 BILL WILLIS TROPHY

Named for Bill Willis, this award is given yearly to the top collegiate defensive lineman.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

QUINNEN WILLIAMS, DT, ALABAMA

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2018 JACK LAMBERT TROPHY

Named for Jack Lambert, this award is given yearly to the top collegiate linebacker.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

JOSH ALLEN, JACK, KENTUCKY

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2018 JACK TATUM TROPHY

Since 1991, the Jack Tatum Trophy is given yearly to the top collegiate defensive back. Named after the legendary Jack Tatum

THIS YEARS WINNER…

GRANT DELPIT, S, LOUISIANA STATE

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2018 ARCHIE GRIFFIN AWARD

The Archie Griffin Award signifies college football’s most valuable player for the entire season. It is named in honor of the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin of Ohio State.

THIS YEARS AWARD…

TREVOR LAWRENCE, QB, CLEMSON

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2018 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Given yearly to the top college football newcomer.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

TREVOR LAWRENCE, QB, CLEMSON

2018 OZZIE NEWSOME AWARD

Named for Ozzie Newsome, this award is presented annually to the top collegiate tight end.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

T.J. HOCKENSON, TE, IOWA

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2018 VLADE AWARD

Named in honor of Vlade Janakievski, one of the most accurate placekickers in Ohio State football history, this award is given yearly to the most accurate college football kicker.

THIS YEARS WINNER….

ANDRE SZMYT, PK, SYRACUSE

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2018 WOODY HAYES AWARD

Named for Woody Hayes, this award recognizes the top collegiate coach.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DABO SWINNEY, HC, CLEMSON

2018 FCS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award is presented to the FCS College Football Player of the Year.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

DEVLIN HODGES, QB, SAMFORD

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2018 SAM B. NICOLA TROPHY

Named for the Club’s founder, this trophy is presented annually to the National High School Player of the Year.

THIS YEARS WINNER…

RYAN HILINSKI, ORANGE, CA

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2018 FCS Walter Payton Award

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S FCS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The STATS FCS Walter Payton Award recognizes the Offensive Player of the Year in the Football Championship Subdivision.

WHO VOTES?

A national panel of 153 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries voted on the Walter Payton Award following the regular season. Voters selected a Top 5 on their ballot.

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THIS YEARS WINNER…

DEVLIN HODGES, QUARTERBACK, SAMFORD BULLDOGS

Hodges set a school record for single-season passing yards, throwing for 4,283 yards this season, breaking the old record of 4,088, set by Hodges in 2016. He led the nation in passing yards per game (389.4), total passing yards (4,283) and total offense per game (417.8).

For his career, Hodges became the all-time leader in career passing yards in FCS history. His 14,584 career passing yards broke the old FCS national record of 14,496, set by Steve “Air” McNair of Alcorn State from 1991-94. McNair earned the 1994 Walter Payton Award.

In addition to the FCS record for career passing yards, Hodges also set FCS records for career completions and attempts. Hodges has rewritten the Samford record book, as he will leave school owning 23 different school records.

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The 2018 Walter Payton Award finalists included:

  • Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford: 51-18-19-12-7-415
  • Chandler Burks, QB, Kennesaw State: 24-28-23-12-17-342
  • Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State: 29-16-20-17-12-315

2019 Tropical Bowl

The Tropical Bowl is one of the postseason all-star games for draft-eligible college football players.

JAN 13, 2019 | DAYTONA BEACH, FL

Video Preview: Football Gameplan’s Emory Hunt “The Czar of the Playbook”

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NATIONAL TEAM 

QB:  Devlin Hodges, Samford, 6-1, 210; Malik Rosier, Miami, 6-1, 215; Vincent Espinoza, Lincoln University (PA), 6-3, 210

RB:  Brad Woodard (WR/KR/PR), Texas Southern, 5-8, 185; Madre London, Tenneessee, 6-1, 218; Isaiah Johnson (KR), Eastern Illinois, 5-11, 215

Isaiah Johnson averaged 7.2 yards per carry in 2018.
Photo: Eastern Illinois Athletics

FB: Kendrick Igbinoba, Adams State, 6-2, 245

WR: Floyd Allen (PR/KR), Mississippi, 5-11, 195; Sean Modster (PR), Boise State, 5-11, 188; Aaron Blockman (KR), Campbell, 6-1, 210; Demetris Anderson (KR), Kentucky State, 6-0, 180; Jonathan Boone, New Mexico State, 6-3, 195; Marquise Irvin (PR), Mercer, 6-2, 215; Workpeh Kofa, UNC Charlotte, 6-0, 205; Mykel Traylor-Bennett, Akron, 6-3, 227

TE:  Jody Fortson (TE), Valdosta State, 6-6, 225; Nic Weishar, Notre Dame, 6-5, 240; Mavin Saunders, Kansas, 6-5, 265

OT:  Garrett McGhin, East Carolina, 6-6, 310; Aaron Monteiro, Boston College, 6-7, 318; Brock Ruble, Toledo, 6-8, 325; Israel Helms, Wayne State, 6-5, 305; Nathanael Jacobson, UNLV, 6-5, 295

OG: Abdul Beecham, Kansas State, 6-3, 315; Dwayne Wallace, Kansas, 6-5, 330; Caleb Adams, UW-Stout, 6-3, 300

OC:  Matt Pyke (LS), ETSU, 6-1, 301; Deontae Crumitie, Troy, 6-2, 305

K: Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota, 6-0. 200

DE: Dewayne Hendrix, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 265; Walter Brady, Akron, 6-3, 265; Anthony Waller (LB), Arkansas-Monticello, 6-2, 240; Vincent Jackson, UCF, 6-3, 250; Bryson Bridges (LB), San Jose State, 6-2, 255; Chuck Harris, Buffalo, 6-4. 267; Walvenski Aime, Florida State, 6-5, 275; Rickym Holmes, Benedict College, 6-8, 275; Hunter Synder, Florida Atlantic, 6-6, 270

DT: Rashad Brandon, Missouri, 6-2, 300; Brandon Varner, Grambling, 6-3, 268; Fredrick Jones, Florida State, 6-2, 310; Kenny Bigalow, WV, 6-4, 300; Boogie Roberts, San Jose State, 6-2, 300; Connor Christian, Jacksonville State, 6-2, 276; John Jackson, Southern Oregon, 6-2, 280; Alec Heldreth, Clarion, 6-4, 280

OLB: Elijah Zeise, Pittsburgh, 6-3, 235; Bryson Allen-Williams, So Carolina, 6-1, 230; Brain Bell, Akron, 6-3, 235; Christian Hancock, Marshall, 6-1, 230; Jerry Iweh, Fairmont State, 6-3, 225; Trenton Bridges, Bethune-Cookman, 6-1, 235

ILB: Patrick Natrez, Georgia, 6-3, 242; Christopher Woolbright, UAB, 6-2, 240; Juwon Young, Marshall, 6-2, 250; Brain Lipscomb, Kansas, 6-2, 240

CB: Keenan Johnson, UCF, 5-11, 187; Herb Miller, Florida Atlantic, 6-2, 190; Gilbert Gildersleeve, Angelo State, 5-10, 180; Nicholas Watson, Houston, 6-1, 200; Cam Lewis, Buffalo, 5-1, 188

S: Dah-Quan Edrington, Virginia-Lynchburg, 6-2, 205; Nick Coleman, Notre Dame, 6-0, 191; Aaron Williams, Nebraska, 5-10, 185; Ron LaForce, New Mexico State, 6-0, 185; J.T. Hassell, Florida Tech, 5-11, 200

P: Devan Dyer, Louisiana Tech, 6-4, 220

LS: Kyle Vasey, Penn State, 6-3, 250

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AMERICAN TEAM 

QB: Thomas Linta, Wagner, 6-4, 232; Tanner Mangum, BYU, 6-3. 210; Gus Ragland, Miami (OH), 6-1, 218

RB: Emanual Jones, Concordia-St. Paul, 6-0, 210; Ryan Fulse, Wagner, 5-10, 199; Alonzo Smith, Miami (OH), 5-10, 210; Reggie Gallaspy II, NC State, 5-11, 235

Wagner’s Ryan Fulse has rushed for 3,090 yards in two seasons.
Photo: Wagner Athletics

WR:  Prince Gray (KR/PR), Jacksonville, 5-10, 190; Jaelan Austin, TCU, 6-2, 205; Jamarius Way, So Alabama, 6-4, 215; Ryeshene Bronson, USF, 6-3, 207; Tyre McCants, USF, 5-11, 240; Tevon Isom, West Georgia, 6-1, 209; Isaiah Harper (KR), Old Dominion, 5-9, 178; Kaian Duverger, UAV-Wise, 6-6, 212; Scott Miller (RS), Bowling Green, 5-10, 170; Luke Timiam (PR), Indiana, 6-0, 195; Kwadarrius Smith (RS), Akron, 5-9, 171; Ryan Schadler (KR) Kansas, 5-11, 192; Quinn McElfresh (PR), Mississippi Valley State, 6-3, 220

TE: Nate Becker, Miami (OH), 6-5, 265; Justin Johnson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 238

OT: Layth Friekh, Arizona, 6-5, 300; Thomas Dennis, Penn, 6-5, 305; Noah Beh, Delaware, 6-5, 298; Benjamin Knox, Colorado State, 6-6, 315; Arthur Williams, Florida State, 6-4, 320

OG: Jeremy Hickey, Eastern Michigan, 6-4, 305; Shamdu Nalls, Virginia Union, 6-4, 315; Breontae Matthews, NC A&T, 6-4, 320; Dougladson Subtyl, Arizona State, 6-5, 267

OC: John Yarbrough, Richmond, 6-5, 300; Byron Glass, Austin Peay, 6-2, 295

K: Bryan Wyatt, Colorado State, 6-1, 180

DE: Chase DeMoor, Central Washington, 6-5, 250; Anthony Luke, San Diego State, 6-4, 260; Jaylin Dailey, No Alabama, 6-1, 255; Kevin Strong, Jr., UTSA, 6-3, 290; Juwan Wells, Liberty, 6-2, 270; Jordan Pryce, Carson Newman, 6-3, 260

DT: Zachary Cannon, Johnson C. Smith, 6-3, 313; Walter Palmore, Missouri, 6-4, 320; Brandon Vocco, Clarion, 6-1, 305; Zane Smith, Stetson, 6-3, 295; Antoine White, SUNY-Albany, 6-2, 308; DeShawnte Lloyd, New Mexico State, 6-1, 316; Eldrick Wilson, Mars Hill, 6-2, 295

OLB: Andrew Dowell, Michigan State, 6-1, 227; Ahmad Gooden (DE), Samford, 6-2, 250; Solomon Brown, Charleston Southern, 6-1, 235; Ronley Lakalaka, San Diego State, 6-0, 230; Willie Green, Prairie View A&M, 6-3, 255

ILB: Detric Bing-Dukes, Mississippi, 6-1, 245; Jim Jones IV, Kent State, 6-2, 228;  Anthony Flory, Appalachian State, 6-2, 235

CB: DeMarcus Owens, New Mexico State, 6-9, 194; Kurron Ramsey, Alabama State, 6-3, 203; Joshua Simmons, Limestone College, 5-11, 190; Marvin Conley (KR/PR), West Florida, 5-9, 185; Darryl Randolph, Middle Tennessee State, 5-10, 190; Jerome Smith, Georgia State, 5-10, 180; Jamon “Mook” Reynolds, TX A&M-Commerece, 6-1, 185; Joeal Williams, Houston, 5-11, 188

S: Jah’Shawn Johnson, Texas Tech, 5-10, 190; Tre Neal, Nebraska, 6-1, 210; Illya Lawrence, So Alabama, 6-0, 200; Chris Rayford, Mississippi State, 5-11, 203

P: Andrew Zecca, St. Francis, 6-3, 200

LS: Timothy O’Donnell, New Mexico State, 5-10, 240

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The 2019 SPIRAL Tropical Bowl | Daytona Beach, Florida

Final Score: AMERICAN 26 | NATIONAL 16

OVERALL MVP: Jaelen Austin, WR, TCU

Lineman MVP: Dwayne Wallace, OL, Kansas

Special Teams MVP: Ryan Schadler, WR/KR, Kansas

National Team Offensive MVP: Isaiah Johnson, RB, Eastern Illinois

National Team Defensive MVP: Ron LaForce, S, New Mexico State

American Team Offensive MVP: Justin Johnson, TE, Mississippi State

American Team Defensive MVP: Jim Jones IV, ILB, Kent State