BROOKFIELD, Ill. – Carson-Newman football has placed three players on the Don Hansen All-American teams. Offensive tackle Alex Taylor (Bristol, Tenn.) earned third team honors, while linebacker Jaycob Coleman (Norton, Va.) and defensive back Eien Jacob (Jeanerette, La) garnered honorable mention consideration
Alex Taylor concludes his Carson-Newman career after making 48 consecutive starts. The Eagles finished in the top five in rushing offense all four years of Taylor's career. In addition, he helped clear the way for C-N's third back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher (Brandon Baker) in school history. He was third on the team in knockdowns with 23 in his senior season and finished second in overall grade with the second most gradeouts on the team.
Jaycob Coleman turned in arguably the greatest season for a Carson-Newman defender since the turn of the century. The linebacker from Norton, Va. finished the year with 137 tackles, sixth most for a single season at Carson-Newman. The 137 stops are the most for a player at C-N since 1996. Coleman finishes his career with 270 tackles, 10th on C-N's all-time list.
The Norton, Va.-native put together seven consecutive games with 10 tackles or more to close the season. His 17 tackles against Tusculum are the second highest total since 1996 and tied for 11th all-time at C-N. He is the first player with multiple 15-tackle performances in a single season since current Carson-Newman defensive coordinator and consensus All-American Mike Clowney was playing for C-N in his senior season back in 1996.
Coleman was fourth in the league and 23rd in the nation in tackles per game. He also recovered a fumble for a touchdown and picked off two passes this year. He's already landed on a pair of All-American teams this year.
Eien Jacob was second in the SAC with his five picks. With his two interceptions against Newberry, Jacob became the first Eagle with a multi-pick game since Oliver Davis had a pair against Tusculum in 2010.
He finished the regular season with a career best seven-tackle day against Wingate. Jacob needed two more picks to break into the top 10 for most interceptions in a single season at C-N.