Offensive Player of the Year: Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford
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.
Defensive Player of the Year: Isaiah Mack, DL, Chattanooga
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.
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.
Jacobs Blocking Award — Matt Pyke, OC, ETSU
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.
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
North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick was voted first team A.P. All-American a week after he was named as one of the top three finalists for the Walter Payton Award recognizing the Offensive Player of the Year in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Quarterback — Easton Stick, senior, North Dakota State
Running backs — Joe Protheroe, senior, Cal Poly; Ryan Fulse, senior, Wagner
Linemen — Tanner Volson, senior, North Dakota State; Matt Pyke, senior, East Tennessee State; Micah Shaw, senior, North Carolina A&T; B.J. Autry, senior, Jacksonville State; Garrett Bowery, senior, Lamar
Tight end — Donald Parham, senior, Stetson
Wide receivers — Josh Pearson, junior, Jacksonville State; Michael Bandy, junior, San Diego
All-purpose player — Shane Simpson, junior, Towson
Kicker — Roldan Alcobendas, senior, Eastern Washington
Linemen — Isaiah Mack, senior, Chattanooga; Derick Roberson, senior, Sam Houston State; Ahmad Gooden, senior, Samford; Darryl Johnson, junior, North Carolina A&T