Southeastern's Bennett, Hubert, Roberts earn top conference honors

 Southeastern's Bennett, Hubert, Roberts earn top conference honors
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POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 9:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 12:35am

After helping the Southeastern Louisiana football team to its first-ever Southland Conference championship and berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championship, Lion junior quarterback Bryan Bennett, senior linebacker Cqulin Hubert and head coach Ron Roberts claimed top Southland honors when the 2013 All-Southland Conference Football Teams were announced by the league office on Tuesday.

 

Bennett, a Granada Hills, Calif. native, was named the league’s Player of the Year, while Hubert, who hails from Houston, Texas, was tabbed the Southland Defensive Player of the Year. Roberts, who has led Southeastern to a school-record 10 victories and a No. 4 national seed in the playoffs, earned Coach of the Year accolades.

 

Bennett and Hubert were joined on the All-Southland first team by senior offensive linemen Gasten Gabriel and Marshall Paris, senior placekicker Seth Sebastian and sophomore defensive back Harlan Miller. Sophomore running back Xavier Roberson earned two first team All-Southland nods - as the all-purpose offensive player and kick return specialist.

 

Six other Lions earned second team all-league accolades. That Lion contingent included sophomore running back Rasheed Harrell, senior wide receiver Tony McCrea, junior defensive lineman Jacob Newman, junior linebacker Isiah Corbett, senior safety Theo Alexander and senior punter Matt McCormick.

 

A total of 11 Southeastern players earned notice as honorable mention selections. Representing the Lions were junior tight end Jeremy Meyers, sophomore wide receiver Jeff Smiley, senior wide receiver Marquis Fruge’, sophomore offensive lineman Joe Graves, junior offensive lineman Jonathan Braddock, junior linebacker Justin Church, senior defensive back Todd Washington, junior safety Tyler Stoddard, junior defensive back Marice Sutton, as well as senior defensive linemen Greg Triay and Jeremy Williams.

 

Bennett, a Walter Payton Award candidate, is the first Lion to earn league player of the year honors. Thus far in 2013, he has thrown for 2,610 yards and 18 touchdowns, while also rushing for a team-high 934 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns, which tie a single-season school record set by Horace Belton in 1974. The Lion first-year starter is sixth in the nation with a league-best 157.0 passing efficiency.

 

Hubert is the leader of a defense that allowed a league-low 22.4 points per game during the regular season. He is second on the team with 66 tackles, to go with nine tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception.

 

Roberts has been the engineer of a terrific turnaround in the Southeastern football program. In his two seasons in Hammond, he has posted a 15-8 overall record and a 12-2 mark versus Southland opponents. The Lion leader is also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which is given to the top coach in the Football Championship Subdivision.

 

Bennett was part of a Southeastern rushing attack that is averaging nearly 250 yards per game on the ground. He was joined on the All-Southland team by Harrell (568 rushing yards, 7 TD) and Roberson (500-6 TD).

 

Clearing the way for the Lions to rack up nearly 500 yards and 40 points per game was an offensive line that included four All-Southland performers. Gabriel earned All-Southland honors for the third consecutive year, while Paris, Graves and Braddock claimed their first All-Southland nods.

 

Bennett’s top four targets also earned All-Southland accolades. McCrea (34 catches, 634 yards, 2 TD) and Meyers (13-237-1 TD) were named to the teams for the second straight season, while Smiley (45-586-5 TD) and Fruge’ (29-479-5 TD) made their All-Southland debut after sharing the team lead for receiving touchdowns.

 

Hubert led a linebacker corps that featured three All-Southland honorees. Corbett was the team’s top pass rushing linebacker with nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss, while Church led the Lions with two fumble recoveries.

 

The Southeastern secondary was well represented, as Miller earned first team accolades after leading the team with four interceptions. Alexander (61 tackles, 2 INT) was the top tackler in the secondary, while Stoddard (44 tackles, 1 INT), Sutton (33 tackles, 3 INT) and Washington (eight pass breakups) were also excellent. Stoddard and Washington were both repeat All-Southland selections.

 

Newman was the top pass rusher on the defensive line, finishing the regular season with seven sacks and 14.0 tackles for loss. Triay (four sacks) and Williams (21 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss) were both effective clogging the middle.

 

While Southeastern is talented on offense and defense, the special teams unit brought the Lions to a different level during the regular season. Sebastian set a new school record with 103 points this season, while also converting 14-of-14 field goals and 61-of-62 point after touchdowns, while Roberson earned All-Southland honors for the second straight year, leading the nation with 37.9 yards per kickoff return and three kickoff returns for touchdowns. McCormick earned his second All-Southland nod after finishing the regular season second in the Southland with 41.1 yards per punt.

 

The All-Southland teams were selected by the league’s head coaches and sports information directions. Coaches and SID’s were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

 

2013 Southland Conference Individual Superlative Winners
Player of the Year: Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana (QB)
Offensive Player of the Year: Cody Stroud, McNeese State (QB)
Defensive Player of the Year: Cqulin Hubert, Southeastern Louisiana (LB)
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Arinze Agada, McNeese State (RG)
Freshman of the Year: Kade Harrington, Lamar (RB)
Newcomer of the Year: Zach Adkins, Northwestern State (QB)
Coach of the Year: Ron Roberts, Southeastern La.

2013 All-Southland Conference Football Teams
First-Team Offense
Pos. – Name – University -- Ht. -- Wt. -- Cl. -- Hometown
QB -- Bryan Bennett -- Southeastern La. -- 6-3 – 205 -- Jr. -- Granada Hills, Calif.
RB -- Marcus Wiltz -- McNeese State -- 5-9 – 192 -- Sr. -- Cecilia, La.
RB -- Timothy Flanders -- Sam Houston State -- 5-9 – 210 -- Sr. -- Midwest City, Okla.
TE/HB -- Nic Jacobs -- McNeese State -- 6-5 – 260 -- Jr. -- Many, La.
WR -- Torrance Williams -- Sam Houston State -- 5-8 – 170 -- Sr. -- Waco, Texas
WR -- Diontae Spencer -- McNeese State -- 5-9 – 161 -- Sr. -- New Iberia, La.
WR -- Michael Brooks -- Stephen F. Austin -- 5-9 -- 175 -- Sr. -- Irving, Texas
OL -- Arinze Agada -- McNeese State -- 6-1 -- 286 -- Sr. -- Houston, Texas
OL -- Antoine Everett -- McNeese State -- 6-3 -- 304 -- Jr. -- Richmond, Texas
OL -- Gasten Gabriel -- Southeastern La. -- 6-5 -- 310 -- Sr. -- Jackson, La.
OL -- Marshall Paris -- Southeastern La. -- 6-2 -- 295 -- Sr. -- Lake Charles, La.
OL -- Donald Jackson -- Sam Houston State -- 6-2 -- 270 -- So. -- Kilgore, Texas
AP -- Xavier Roberson -- Southeastern La. -- 5-9 -- 170 -- So. -- Atlanta, Ga
PK -- Seth Sebastian -- Southeastern La. -- 5-10 -- 180 -- Sr. -- Lafayette, La.

First-Team Defense
Pos. – Name – University -- Ht. -- Wt. -- Cl. -- Hometown
DL -- Jesse Dickson -- Lamar -- 6-3 -- 265 -- Sr. -- Houston, Texas
DL -- Jonathan Woodard -- Central Arkansas -- 6-6 -- 271 -- So. -- Brentwood, Tenn.
DL -- Everett Ellefsen -- McNeese State -- 6-3 -- 230 -- Jr. -- Madisonville, La.
DL -- Markeith Gaines -- Central Arkansas -- 6-0 -- 265 -- Sr. -- Theodore, Ala.|
LB -- Justin Heard -- Central Arkansas -- 6-1 -- 230 -- Sr. -- Woodland, Ala.
LB -- Cqulin Hubert -- Southeastern La. -- 6-1 -- 250 -- Sr. -- Houston, Texas
LB -- Eric Fieilo -- Sam Houston State -- 5-11 -- 226 -- Sr. -- Euless, Texas
DB -- Bookie Sneed -- Sam Houston State -- 6-0 -- 180 -- Sr. -- Conroe, Texas
DB -- Guy Morgan -- McNeese State -- 6-0 -- 188 -- Sr. -- Baton Rouge, La.
DB -- Marcus Peters -- Central Arkansas -- 6-2 -- 204 -- Sr. -- Daingerfield, Texas
DB -- Tyrus McGlothen -- Lamar -- 5-8 -- 175 -- Sr. -- Grand Prairie, Texas
DB -- Harlan Miller -- Southeastern La. -- 6-0 -- 170 -- So. -- Kentwood, La.
P -- Kollin Kahler -- Lamar -- 6-2 -- 200 -- Sr. -- Waco, Texas
KR -- Xavier Roberson -- Southeastern La. -- 5-9 – 170 -- So. -- Atlanta, Ga.
PR -- Torrance Williams -- Sam Houston State -- 5-8 -- 170 -- Sr. -- Waco, Texas

Second-Team Offense
Pos. – Name – University -- Ht. -- Wt. -- Cl. -- Hometown
QB -- Brian Bell -- Sam Houston State -- 6-2 -- 175 -- Jr. -- China Spring, Texas
RB -- Gus Johnson -- Stephen F. Austin -- 5-10 -- 215 -- Jr. -- Gilmer, Texas
RB -- Rasheed Harrell -- Southeastern La. -- 5-10 – 185 -- So. -- Miami, Fla.
TE/HB -- Chase Dixon -- Central Arkansas -- 6-5 -- 239 -- Sr. -- Fort Smith, Ark.
WR -- Reggie Begelton -- Lamar -- 6-0 -- 190 -- So. -- Beaumont, Texas
WR -- Dezmin Lewis -- Central Arkansas -- 6-4 -- 212 -- Jr. -- Mesquite, Texas
WR -- Tony McCrea -- Southeastern La. -- 5-10 -- 175 -- Sr. -- Irwinton, Ga.
OL -- Warren Jones -- Northwestern State -- 6-1 -- 326 -- Sr. -- Macon, Miss.
OL -- Dominique Allen -- Central Arkansas -- 6-3 -- 295 -- Sr. -- Houston, Texas
OL -- Cole Caruthers -- Central Arkansas -- 6-4 -- 292 -- Jr. -- Sugar Land, Texas
OL -- Kyle Gillam -- Lamar -- 6-1 -- 270 -- Sr. -- Lumberton, Texas
OL -- Abasi Salimu -- Nicholls -- 6-5 -- 290 -- Sr. -- Los Angeles, Calif.
AP -- Richard Sincere -- Sam Houston State -- 5-10 -- 193 -- Sr. -- Galveston, Texas
PK -- Ryan Rome -- McNeese State -- 5-10 -- 170 -- Sr. -- Destrahan, La.
Second-Team Defense
Pos. – Name – University -- Ht. -- Wt. -- Cl. -- Hometown
DL -- Jacob Newman -- Southeastern La. -- 6-2 – 275 -- Jr. -- Visalia, Calif.
DL -- Andrew Weaver -- Sam Houston State -- 6-1 -- 240 -- Sr. -- Waco, Texas
DL -- Lesley Deamer -- Northwestern State -- 6-3 -- 304 -- Sr. -- Amite, La.
DL -- Jarrett Brown -- Sam Houston State -- 6-3 -- 265 -- Sr. -- Arlington, Texas
LB -- Pat Black -- Northwestern State -- 6-0 -- 209 -- Sr. -- Jackson, Miss.
LB -- Isiah Corbett -- Southeastern La. -- 6-3 -- 250 -- Jr. -- Belle Glade, Fla.
LB -- Bo Brown -- McNeese State -- 6-1 -- 210 -- So. -- Katy, Texas
DB -- Imoan Claiborne -- Northwestern State -- 5-11 -- 187 -- Jr. -- Alexandria, La.
DB -- Michael Wade -- Sam Houston State -- 5-11 -- 195 -- Jr. -- Arp, Texas
DB -- Theo Alexander -- Southeastern La. -- 6-4 -- 205 -- Sr. -- St. Louis, Mo.
DB -- Aaron Sam -- McNeese State -- 5-11 -- 176 -- Jr. -- Lake Charles, La.
DB -- Sigan Vergenal -- Nicholls -- 6-0 -- 205 -- Sr. -- New Iberia, La.
P -- Matt McCormick -- Southeastern La. -- 6-0 -- 200 -- Sr. -- Covington, La.
KR -- Diontae Spencer -- McNeese State -- 5-9 -- 161 -- Sr. -- New Iberia, La.
PR -- Kevin Johnson -- Lamar -- 6-0 -- 210 -- Jr. -- Houston, Texas

Honorable Mention:
Quarterback: Cody Stroud, McNeese State; Caleb Berry, Lamar; Tuskani Figaro, Nicholls; Brady Attaway, Stephen F. Austin. Running Back: Kade Harrington, Lamar; Garrett Atzenweiler, Northwestern State; Keshawn Hill, Sam Houston State. Tight End/H-Back: Jeremy Myers, Southeastern La.; Tyler Boyd, Stephen F. Austin; Shane Young, Sam Houston State. Wide Receiver: Louis Hollier, Northwestern State; D.J. Ward, Stephen F. Austin; Jeff Smiley, Southeastern La.; Aaron Thomas, Stephen F. Austin; Desmond Smith, Central Arkansas; Erik Buchanan, Nicholls; Marquis Fruge’, Southeastern La. Offensive Linemen: Andrew Ratliff, Stephen F. Austin; Brandon DeWitt, Sam Houston State; Matt Boyles, Sam Houston State; Quentin Marsh, McNeese State; Joe Graves, Southeastern La.; Jonathan Braddock, Southeastern La.; Ryne Chambers, Stephen F. Austin; Nick Gorman, McNeese State; Tchissakid Player, Northwestern State; Bryan West, Stephen F. Austin. Offensive All-Purpose: Ed Eagan, Northwestern State. Defensive Linemen: Jeremy Williams, Southeastern La.; Kevin Dorn, McNeese State; Deon Simon, Northwestern State; Malcolm Mattox, Stephen F. Austin; T.J. Randall, Central Arkansas; JeMarcus Marshall, Northwestern State; Greg Triay, Southeastern La.. Linebackers: Ortavious Hypolite, Stephen F. Austin; James Washington, Lamar; Chris Bermond, Nicholls; Justin Church, Southeastern La.; Tanner Brock, Sam Houston State. Defensive Backs: De’Antrey Loche, Sam Houston State; Todd Washington, Southeastern La.; Tyler Stoddard, Southeastern La.; Marice Sutton, Southeastern La.; Jestin Love, Central Arkansas; Fred Thomas, Northwestern State; Chad Allen, Lamar; Terence Cahee, McNeese State. Placekicker: Jordan Wiggs, Stephen F. Austin. Punter: Nick Bruno, Stephen F. Austin; Jean Breaux, McNeese State. Kick Return Specialist: Jatavious Wilson, Central Arkansas. Punt Return Specialist: Ed Eagan, Northwestern State.

 

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