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Eleven Braves, five Tigers earn postseason SWAC honors

BIRMINGHAM (SWAC.org) – Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, Grambling State University and Texas Southern University received the four major 2015 Southwestern Athletic Conference postseason football awards in voting conducted by league head coaches and sports information directors. The conference made the announcement on Wednesday, just three days prior to its 2015 Toyota SWAC Football Championship on Saturday, Dec. 5, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Grambling State quarterback Johnathan Williams was named Offensive Player of the Year. Alabama State linebacker Kourtney Berry was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year while Alcorn State’s Marquise Warford landed the Newcomer of the Year award. Rounding out the postseason accolades, Texas Southern quarterback Averion Hurts was tagged Freshman of the Year.

Southern led the way with 10 selections and five landing on first team. Alcorn State and Grambling State finished second with six and four picks receiving first-team votes respectively.  

Williams led Grambling State to a 9-2 overall record (9-0 SWAC) and its first Western Division title since 2011. He helped GSU become the first school to earn a perfect conference record since 2008. The grad student ranks first in the FCS and in the SWAC in touchdown passes (36), first in the conference in passing yards (2,910), third in the SWAC in passing yards per game (262.8) and total offensive yards per game (294.6). Helping those averages was a big win over Prairie View A&M in which Williams passed for 429 yards inlcuding six touchdowns.

Berry led the SWAC and finished fifth in NCAA in tackles with 130. He registered double digit tackles in seven games with a season-high 19 against GSU.  Twice Berry has been named SWAC Defensive Player of the Week in 2015.  Berry is also listed on the CFPA Defensive Player of the Year Watch List.

Hurts the SWAC in passing efficiency, although he was only 61-of-114 for 902 yards Of Hurts’ 61 completions, 14 went four touchdowns against only two interceptions for TSU. In a win over Mississippi Valley State earlier in the season, he threw six touchdown passes and ran for another score.

In his first Division I collegiate season after transferring from Memphis, Warford racked up nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards.  He led the Braves in receptions and was second on the team in receiving yards.  He was also fourth on the team in rushing yards while finishing with five touchdowns.   

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Johnathan Williams (Grambling State)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kourtney Berry (Alabama State)

 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Marquise Warford (Alcorn State)

 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Averion Hurts  (Texas Southern)

COACH OF THE YEAR

Broderick Fobbs (Grambling) 

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB

Johnathan Williams 

Grambling State

RB

Johnta’ Hebert

Prairie View A&M

RB

Lenard Tillery

Southern

OL

Isekelli Ongosia

Alcorn State

OL

Detonio Dade

Alcorn State

OL

Justin Miller

Grambling State

OL

Anthony Mosley

Southern

OL

Damian Love

Alabama State

WR

Chad Williams

Grambling State

WR

Daniel Williams

Jackson State

TE

Jordan Payne

Alcorn State

DEFENSE

DL

 Stacey Garner

Alcorn State

DL

Darien Moody

Alcorn State

DL

 Javancy Jones

Jackson State

DL

Gabe Echols

Southern

LB

Kourtney Berry

Alabama State

LB

Damon Watkins

Alcorn State

LB

Willie Duncan

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

DB

Guy Stallworth

Grambling State

DB

Warren Gatewood

Alcorn State

DB

Danny Johnson

Southern

DB

Marquis Green

Mississippi Valley State

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

Ryan Deising

Jackson State

P

Cory Carter

Texas Southern

RS

Willie Quinn

Southern

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB

Austin Howard

Southern

RB

Darryan Ragsdale

Alcorn State

RB

Martez Carter

Grambling State

OL

Jordan Johnson

Prairie View

OL

Terrell Lee

Southern

OL

Reginald Redding

Southern

OL

Markus Cook

Jackson State

OL

Kerry Williams

Alabama State

WR

Derric Griffin

Texas Southern

WR

Chester Rogers

Grambling State

TE

Montrell Jones

Southern

DEFENSE

 DL

Demarcus Berry

Arkansas Pine Bluff

 DL

Jamison Goins

Grambling State

 DL

DeVohn Reed

Prairie View

 DL

Michael Jolivet

Grambling State

 LB

Darien Anderson

Alcorn State

 LB

Aaron Tiller

Southern

 LB

Arkez Cooper

Grambling State

 DB

Dionte McDuffy

Southern

 DB

Robert Porter

Jackson State

 DB

Marquice O’Leary

Prairie View

 DB

Dominique Weaver

Prairie View

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

Marc Orozco

Grambling State

P

Haiden McCraney

Alcorn State

RS

Booker Chambers/Octayvious Miles

Mississippi Valley State/Alabama A&M

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