Tillery, Jaguars dominate All SWAC first team

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2016 Bayou Classic

Courtesy: Anthony Moore

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  In a season that witnessed the fall of the Southwestern Athletic Conference all-time rushing record, runnning back Lenard Tillery added another compliment to his stellar career at Southern University.

And several of his teammates will join him in commemorating a phenomenal 2016 season.

Nine Jaguars secured 10 spots on the 2016 All-SWAC team, including an unprecedented nine first team selections.

The SWAC announced its postseason football awards in voting conducted by league head coaches and sports information directors on Wednesday, just two days prior to its 2016 Toyota SWAC Football Championship on Saturday, Dec. 3, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Tillery, a product of McKinley High, rushed for 1,670 yards and 13 TDs, breaking Odie Posey’s 1,399 single season rushing mark in 1949. In eleven games, Tillery rushed for over 100 yards in 10 games and rushed for over 200 yards twice.

The Jaguars offense, led by Tillery who set the league’s all-time leading rusher record this season, landed six first team selections including a trio of offensive lineman (Anthony Mosley, Terrell Lee, and Jamal Bolden) who plowed open several running lanes for the Baton Rouge native over the last three season. Tight end Dillon Beard becomes the second consecutive Jaguar to earn All-SWAC

Willie Quinn, who surpassed Michael Hayes as Southern’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, added a first team nod at wide receiver while repeating as the league top – and most feared – return specialist.

For the second straight year, Danny Johnson picked up a first team selection after posting a career high seven interceptions to match his total from his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Johnson added a TD return against Tulane in September. With a team high nine sacks, defensive end Aaron Tiller earned a first team selection after being named to the second team in 2015.

Signal caller Austin Howard becomes a two-time All-SWAC second team selection after throwing for 2,655 yards and 29 TDs.

Grambling State quarterback Devante Kincade was named Offensive Player of the Year, and fellow Tiger Donovan McCray secured Defensive Player of the Year accolades with. Alabama A&M running back Jordan Bentley received the Freshman of the Year award, and Prairie View A&M’s Joshua Simmons landed the Newcomer of the Year award. Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs took home his third-straight SWAC Coach of the Year award.

Grambling State picked up the most all-conference selections with 14. Southern was next with 10 selections. Both Grambling State and Southern had an astounding nine players garner first-team consideration.

The full team is listed below.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Devante Kincade (Grambling State)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Donovan McCray (Grambling State)

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Joshua Simmons (Prairie View A&M)

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jordan Bentley (Alabama A&M)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Broderick Fobbs (Grambling State)

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB

Devante Kincade

Grambling State

RB

Lenard Tillery

Southern

RB

Martez Carter

Grambling State

OL

Justin Miller

Grambling State

OL

Terrell Lee

Southern

OL

Anthony Mosley

Southern

OL

Sam Baptiste

Alabama State

OL

Jamal Boulden

Southern

WR

Chad Williams

Grambling State

WR

Willie Quinn

Southern

TE

Dillon Beard

Southern

DEFENSE

DL

 Javancy Jones

Jackson State

DL

Aaron Tiller

Southern

DL

 Donovan McCray

Grambling State

DL

Samuel Reese

Grambling State

LB

Arkez Cooper

Southern

LB

Darien Anderson

Alcorn State

LB

Kourtney Berry

Alabama State

DB

Guy Stallworth

Grambling State

DB

Danny Johnson

Southern

DB

Jameel Jackson

Grambling State

DB

Eric Foster

Alcorn State

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

Eric Medina

Texas Southern

P

Eric Medina

Texas Southern

RS

Willie Quinn

Southern

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB

Austin Howard

Southern

RB

Khalid Thomas

Alabama State

RB

Jordan Bentley

Alabama A&M

OL

Trent Scott

Grambling State

OL

Detonio Dade

Alcorn State

OL

Donovan Wheaton

Prairie View A&M

OL

Timothy Gardner

Alcorn State

OL

Gustavo Lopez

Prairie View A&M

WR

Verlan Hunter

Grambling State

WR

Willie Young

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

TE

Jonathan Dorsey

Alabama A&M

DEFENSE

 DL

Blain Winston

Grambling State

 DL

Michael Brooks

Alcorn State

 DL

Roderick Henderson

Alabama State

 DL

DeVohn Reed

Prairie View A&M

 LB

Javancy Jones

Jackson State

 LB

Willie Duncan

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

 LB

Michael Hurns

Alcorn State

 DB

Bradley Street

Alabama State

 DB

Terrence Singleton

Prairie View A&M

 DB

Zavian Bingham

Jackson State

 DB

Justin Jemison

Jackson State

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

Jonathan Wallace

Grambling State

P

Owen Hoolihan

Prairie View A&M

RS

Martez Carter

Grambling State

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