December 14, 2016
Last week, a http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/weblogs/sports/2016/dec/07/all-conference-players-at-miss-universities/">Jackson Free Press blog post listed all the players who made all-conference in various leagues that have Mississippi teams. That list didn’t include the SWAC teams from Mississippi, or http://www.ascsports.org/news/2016/11/17/FB_1117160526.aspx?path=football">Belhaven University, as the Blazers are still transitioning to Division III and not eligible to win the conference title or make the playoffs at DIII.
The http://www.swac.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27400&ATCLID=211332010">SWAC released its first and second team all-conference players, and Grambling State University and Southern University dominated the selections. GSU had 14 players and SU had 10 players make either first- or second-team All-SWAC.
It is not surprising that the Tigers and Jaguars are so well featured since both teams were two of the best in the SWAC this season. Grambling State won the SWAC title game and will represent the conference in the Celebration Bowl.
Even with all the Grambling and Southern players on both the first and second team, http://www.alcornsports.com/news/2016/11/30/football-alcorn-earns-six-all-conference-selections-anderson-foster-on-first-team.aspx">Alcorn State University and http://gojsutigers.com/football-news-2/three-tigers-named-2016-all-swac/">Jackson State University landed players on both teams with ASU’s six and JSU’s three.
The Braves had two offensive linemen make second-team All-SWAC. Senior Detonio Dade earned his fourth all-conference honors, and junior Timothy Gardner helped make the ASU offensive line one of the best in the nation in pass protection and rushing.
Alcorn State had four players make either first or second team on defense with two on each team. The Braves were represented on each level with two linebackers, one defensive lineman and one defensive back.
Senior linebackers Darien Anderson on the first-team and Michael Hurns on the second-team were honored. Anderson earned his second All-SWAC honors after being second team last season, and he ranks fourth in the FCS in sacks. Hurns finished the season with 62 tackles and three sacks, and he was elected as the Student Government Association’s senior class president.
Senior defensive back Eric Foster, who racked up 41 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble while being ranked in the top 10 in the conference in passes defended, earned first-team honors. Junior defensive end Michael Brooks landed the second team after posting 29 tackles on the season.
Jackson State had three players make all-conference teams with all three on defense. JSU had just one first-team player and two second-team players.
Senior Javancy Jones earned first-team honors at defensive end and second-team honors at linebacker. Jones was the Tigers’ pick for the 2016 Conerly Trophy and was a finalist for the award, as he finished third in the conference in tackles with 82, second in tackles for a loss with 19.5 and 12 in sacks with four.
Senior defensive backs Justin Jemison and Zavian Bingham earned second-team honors. Jemison finished with 46 tackles for fourth on the team, two interceptions and five passes defended. Bingham notched 41 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, one punt block and one pick returned for a touchdown.
Mississippi Valley State University didn’t land a player on either the first or second team. The Delta Devils were the only team left off the all-conference teams.