ATLANTA–Just one day ahead of the SIAC Championship game between Tuskegee and Fort Valley State University, the conference has announced its Players of the Year, All-SIAC selections and Coach of the Year.
Miles running back Justin Hardy was selected as the Player of the Year (MVP) in the SIAC, as well as Offensive Player of the Year. Tuskegee linebacker Osband Thompson was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Fort Valley State quarterback Slade Jarmon was named Newcomer of the Year while his head coach Kevin Porter was named Coach of the Year. Miles defensive lineman MarQuel Shelton was named Freshman of the Year.
Offensive Player of the Year and League MVP
Justin Hardy, a junior from Homewood, Ala., leads the SIAC in total rushing yards (1,197), yards per game (119.7), rushing touchdowns (12), total touchdowns (13), and scoring (78 points). He is currently ninth in Division II in rushing yards and had six 100-yard games and four games with more than 165 yards, including a 210-yard, three touchdown effort against Central State.
Hardy had eight plays of more than 50 yards and three touchdown runs of longer than 80 yards, including a SIAC-long 86-yard touchdown run against Clark Atlanta.
How bad did Miles RB Justin Hardy want to get into the end zone? check out this effort! Strong!!! pic.twitter.com/7a5i4HjUWb
— Sheldon Haygood (@SheldonFox6) October 21, 2017
Defensive Player of the Year
Tuskegee linebacker Osband Thompson has won the Defensive Player of the Year award for the second straight season. Thompson has 117 tackles on the season, the second most in the nation. The senior from Miami, Florida is 34 tackles ahead of the second-leading tackler in the SIAC. Thompson is the first TU linebacker to lead the team in interceptions (4) since Jewell Ratlif did so in 2015. Thompson was voted as preseason Defensive Player of the Year this summer and did nothing to leave any doubt in voter’s minds all season long.
— HBCU Gameday (@HBCUGameday) November 4, 2017
Coach of the Year
Kevin Porter, in his second season, has led Fort Valley State to a 5-4 record and a second straight Eastern Division title after going 5-1 in conference play. He has won 10 games in his two seasons at FVSU and will look to win a second SIAC title in as many years. Porter will face Tuskegee as a head coach for the first time in his career at FVSU.
Freshman of the Year:
MarQuel Shelton, a true freshman defensive end for Miles College, had a fantastic first year of college football. He had 41 tackles and is also tied for the league lead in sacks (9.5) and third in tackles for loss (14). His best performance came against Clark Atlanta, setting his single-game career highs in tackles (seven), solo tackles (six), tackles for loss (3.5), and sacks (2.5).
Newcomer of the Year:
Slade Jarmon, a junior from Pensacola, Fla., is the conference leader in passing efficiency (141.5) and is second in passing yards (182.2) and total offense (199) per game. He completed 119-of-207 passes for 1,640 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jarmon rushed for two more scores during the season. Jarmon had two really standout games where he threw for four touchdown passes.
All-SIAC First Team
The All-Conference team features three student-athletes who were selected at multiple positions. Kentucky State’s Brett Sylve earned three spots on the team, with First Team nods at running back and kick returner. He was also a Second Team pick at punt returner. Miles’ Nick Christiansen was selected as the First Team kicker and punter. Clark Atlanta’s Deandre Jackson was named as a First Team wide receiver and a Second Team kick returner.
|Johnathon McCrary||Quarterback||Clark Atlanta||Ellenwood, Ga|
|Rodney Morris||Tight End||Clark Atlanta||Atlanta, Ga|
|Deandre Jackson||Wide Receiver||Clark Atlanta||Atlanta, Ga|
|Okechi Ntiasagwe||Wide Receiver||Benedict||Columbia, SC|
|Justin Hardy||Running Back||Miles||Homewood, AL|
|Brett Sylve||Running Back||Kentucky State||Hammond, La.|
|Jamie Glenn||Offensive Lineman||Albany State||Snellville, Ga|
|Derrick Tucker||Offensive Lineman||Miles||Sweet Water, Ala.|
|Justin Brown||Offensive Lineman||Benedict||Marietta, Ga|
|Darrius Hicks||Offensive Lineman||Fort Valley State||Camilla, Ga|
|Leward Brown||Offensive Lineman||Tuskegee||Miami, FL|
|Kaelan Bonds||Defensive Lineman||Miles||Florence, Ala.|
|Marquel Shelton||Defensive Lineman||Miles||Bessemer, Ala.|
|Rodriquez Jones||Defensive Lineman||Kentucky State||Hampton, Va.|
|Zavondric Shingleton||Defensive Lineman||Albany State||Millen, Ga|
|David Smith||Linebacker||Morehouse||Newport News, VA|
|Osband Thompson||Linebacker||Tuskegee||Miami, Fl.|
|Anthony Hardy||Linebacker||Miles||Demopolis, Ala.|
|Jawaski Randle||Defensive Back||Miles||Albany, Ga|
|Jonah McCutcheaon||Defensive Back||Tuskegee||Mobile, Ala.|
|Cameron Young||Defensive Back||Fort Valley State||Eastman, Ga|
|Charles Dudley||Defensive Back||Lane||Douglassville, Ga|
|Nick Christiansen||Kicker||Miles||Clayton, NC|
|Nick Christiansen||Punter||Miles||Clayton, NC|
|Brett Sylve||Kick Returner||Kentucky State||Hammond, La.|
|Lorenzo Smothers||Punt Returner||Fort Valley State||Buena Vista, Ga|
All-SIAC Second Team
|Slade Jarmon||Quarterback||Fort Valley State||Pensacola, Fl|
|Ryan Edwards||Tight End||Morehouse||Atlanta, Ga|
|Johnathon Sanders||Wide Receiver||Clark Atlanta||East Point, Ga|
|Amyr Smith||Wide Receiver||Morehouse||Atlanta, Ga|
|Hoderick Lowe||Running Back||Tuskegee||Atlanta, Ga|
|McKinley Habersham||Running Back||Albany State||Savannah, Ga|
|Marcus Campbell||Offensive Lineman||Kentucky State||Radcliff, Ky.|
|Roger Womack||Offensive Lineman||Miles||Birmingham, Ala.|
|Craig Hinson||Offensive Lineman||Benedict||Hephzibah, Ga|
|Max Williams||Offensive Lineman||Clark Atlanta||Marianna, Fl.|
|Tedric Cofield||Offensive Lineman||Albany State||Atlanta, Ga|
|Demetrius Harris||Defensive Lineman||Fort Valley State||Decatur, Ga|
|Antonio Johnson||Defensive Lineman||Morehouse||Birmingham, Ala.|
|Bundrea Conway||Defensive Lineman||Morehouse||Lansing, MI|
|Walter Tucker||Defensive Lineman||Fort Valley State||Melrose, Fl.|
|Austin Stephens||Linebacker||Miles||Mumford, Ala.|
|Kailen Abrams||Linebacker||Central State||Detroit, Mi.|
|Marquez Thomas||Linebacker||Albany State||Perry, Ga|
|Quantavious Singletary||Defensive Back||Clark Atlanta||Moultrie, Ga.|
|Nicco Whigham||Defensive Back||Fort Valley State||North Lauderdale, Fl.|
|Jaylin Boyd||Defensive Back||Albany State||Fairburn, Ga|
|Edward Kirkland||Defensive Back||Benedict||Columbia, SC|
|Juan Serna||Kicker||Fort Valley State||Douglassville, Ga|
|Tory Mimbs||Punter||Benedict||Sandersville, Ga|
|Deandre Jackson||Kick Returner||Clark Atlanta||Atlanta, Ga|
|Brett Sylve||Punt Returner||Kentucky State||Hammond, La.|