Six Eagles pegged with Don Hansen All-Region honors

BROOKFIELD, Ill. - Six Carson-Newman football players have been lauded with all-region status by Don Hansen's Football Gazette.  The publication released its annual listing Friday.

Running back Antonio Wimbush (Kingsland, Ga.), defensive lineman Montel Presley (Bushnell, Fla.) and defensive back Desmond Fairell (Miami, Fla.) make their second appearances on the team.  Offensive linemen Jordan Seal (Morristown, Tenn.), Phillip McDowell (Boiling Springs, S.C.) and linebacker Temoris Coats (Greenwood, S.C.) picked up their first career all-region accolades from the body.  

Wimbush, Presley, Seal and McDowell all made the second team.  Coats and Fairell picked up third team honors. 

Antonio Wimbush

Wimbush turned in another stellar season to earn All-SAC first team honors for the second time in his career. He also appears on the Don Hansen all-region team for a second time. He finished the season with 1,206 rushing yards to lead the South Atlantic Conference. The season-ending total represents the 18th best single-year on the ground for an Eagle rusher.  He found the end zone seven times on the ground and once more through the air. 

Wimbush had a string of four straight 100-yard games at the mid-point of the season and finished the year with 100-yard rushing efforts in five of Carson-Newman's final six games.  He moved up to 11th on both Carson-Newman's career rushing yards and rushing touchdown charts. 

Wimbush earned South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week honors following his performance at Virginia Union when he had 21 carries for 184 yards and three scores.  That rushing tally marked a career high for Wimbush.  He also went for more than 150 yards rushing against both Limestone and Virginia-Lynchburg. 

His 8.0 yards per carry are the eighth highest single-season total in Carson-Newman football history and the second highest total in NCAA Division II this year.

Wimbush was named the Mayo Clinic Comeback player of the year for his efforts on the gridiron. 

Phillip McDowell

McDowell rewrote Carson-Newman's knockdown record book in his junior year. McDowell took over the Eagles' all-time record in career knockdowns in week six against Limestone. McDowell bypassed Robby Ignagni (44) and now has 57 for his career.

While that alone is impressive, McDowell did it in grand fashion by besting his own single-game record with a whopping 10 knockdowns. McDowell played 54 snaps against the Saints. He had a knockdown every 5.4 plays.

He helped Carson-Newman to lead the South Atlantic Conference in rushing yards with 347.6 yards per game on the ground.  The Eagles have the second highest rushing average in the country. 

Montel Presley

Presley earned first team All-SAC accolades on the defensive line for a second straight season.   Presley turned in 36 tackles, 5.5 for loss and a sack.  Presley's best game came against Lenoir-Rhyne when he made seven stops against the Bears.  He also topped five tackles against Newberry and Catawba. 

Temoris Coats

Coats turned in one of the best ever seasons by a Carson-Newman linebacker.  Coats led the Eagles with 96 tackles, 47 of which were solo stops. Most notably, he brought home state defensive player of the week honors from the Tennessee Sportswriters Association three times in his senior season and a program-record four times in his career.  He earned the three honors this year following C-N's wins over Virginia Union and Catawba, and a loss to Newberry. 

Coats inserted his name directly into the Carson-Newman record book with 18 tackles for loss on the year.  He moved past Eric Rice who had 17 in 20\06 to take over the top spot for the single-season total for that stat.

Coats had a top-flight effort against Catawba when he led Carson-Newman with nine tackles. He inserted his name into the C--N record books with 5.5 tackles for loss. That's the third most in school history behind Daryl Gooden's 7.5 against Howard Payne in 1992 and William Moody's 6.0 against New Haven in 2002. The 5.5 tackles for loss are the second most in NCAA Division II this year.

He wrapped up his career at Burke-Tarr Stadium with a 15-tackle effort against Lenoir-Rhyne to put a bow on his home career with a career-high for stops.  He had five double-digit tackle efforts on the year.

Desmond Fairell

For a second straight year, Fariell earned postseason All-SAC honors as well as a spot on the Don Hansen All-Region team. Fairell has been a remarkable modicum of consistency for the Eagles. The corner finished the year with four interceptions for a third straight season to lead Carson-Newman and the South Atlantic Conference. 

Fairell turned in a multi-interception performance against Virginia-Lynchburg, the second multi-pick day of his career.  He also recovered two fumbles on the year to lead the South Atlantic Conference in takeaways. 

He earned TSWA State Defensive Player of the Week honors following his performance against Virginia-Lynchburg. Fairell is in a tie for eighth on C-N's all-time career picks list at 12 with Carson-Newman Hall of Famer Joe Fishback. His next interception will move him into a tie for seventh on the all-time list with Tim Foutz (13 picks from 1983-84). JJ Simmons sits in sixth with 15 from 1995-98.

Fairell also had 50 tackles on the year, topping out at eight against Virginia Union


Jordan Seal

Seal proved efficient and effective at moving people around en route to All-SAC second team honors for a second straight season.  Seal tallied the second most knockdowns in a single-game in school history when he had eight against Mars Hill.  He graded out in seven of Carson-Newman's 11 games.  Seal finished the year with 24 knockdowns and has 37 for his career.  He needs seven more knockdowns to move into second on Carson-Newman's career charts.  He had a five-knockdown performance against Wingate and a four-knockdown effort against Virginia-Lynchburg.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.  Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.

The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2018 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be selected.

Super Region Two Offensive Player of the Year:  Rogan Wells, SO, QB, Valdosta State

Super Region Two Defensive Player of the Year:  Cardell Rawlings, SR, DE, Wingate

Super Region Two Special Teams Player of the Year:  Cody Mills, SR, P, Delta State

Super Region Two Freshman of the Year:  Jamar Thompkins, RB, Valdosta State

Super Region Two Coach of the Year:  Kerwin Bell, Valdosta State



First Team Offense

POS        NAME                                           HT     WT       YR       SCHOOL                                          HOMETOWN

QB          Rogan Wells                                6-3     220      SO       Valdosta State                                 Fort Mill, S.C.

FB           Tiberias Lampkin                       5-9     220      SR       Mississippi College                        Sturgis, Miss.

RB           Tyrell Freeman                           6-1     210      JR        Chowan                                            Leonardtown, Md.

RB           Detric Hawthorn                         5-9     180      JR        Mississippi College                        Collins, Miss.

RB           Devontae Jackson                     5-7     176      SR       West Georgia                                  Marietta, Ga.

WR          Kevin Greenhow                        6-3     205      JR        Central State (Ohio)                       Columbus, Ohio

WR          Romell Guerrier                          5-10  184      SR       Florida Tech                                    Miami, Fla.

WR          Craig Rucker                               5-7     165      JR        Mars Hill                                           Orlando, Fla.

TE           Qua Boyd                                     6-5     245      SR       West Alabama                                Lafayette, Ala.

AP           Tabyus Taylor                             6-0     250      SO       Virginia Union                                 Hopewell, Va.

C             Jeremy King                                6-1     315      SR       Valdosta State                                 Macon, Ga.

OG          LaVonne Gauthney                   6-3     315      SR       Valdosta State                                 Reynoldsburg, Ohio

OG          Jason Poe                                   6-2     250      SO       Lenoir-Rhyne                                  Fitzgerald, Ga.

OT           Donald Boone                            6-5     310      JR        Chowan                                            Hertford, N.C.

OT           Quentin Stanford                        6-4     312      SR       West Georgia                                  Warner Robins, Ga.

PK           Jefferson Souza                         6-1     185      SO       Virginia Union                                 Deerfield Beach, Fla.


First Team Defense

POS        NAME                                           HT     WT       YR       SCHOOL                                          HOMETOWN

DE          Cardell Rawlings                        6-2     240      SR       Wingate                                            Smithfield, N.C.

DE          Kameron Rogers                        6-2     240      SR       Clark Atlanta                                    Washington, D.C.

DT           Dan Louba                                             6-1       270      SO                                                     Lenoir-Rhyne  Harrisburg, N.C.

DT           Joshua Pryor                               6-4     280      FR        Bowie State                                     Baltimore, Md.

LB           Kailen Abrams                            6-2     235      SO       Central State (Ohio)                       Detroit, Mich.

LB           J.T. Hassell                                            6-0       199      SR                                                      Florida Tech    Titusville, Fla.

LB           Austin Stephens                         5-11  210      JR        Miles                                                 Munford, Ala.

S             Montrell Pardue                          6-2     206      SR       West Georgia                                  Clarksville, Tenn.

S             Daryus Skinner                           5-11  175      JR        Winston-Salem State                     Rockingham, N.C.

CB          Traviontae Brown                       6-0     170      JR        Benedict                                           Albany, Ga.

CB          Aaron Watson                             5-11  165      SO       North Greenville (S.C.)                  Duncan, S.C.

P             Cody Mills                                    5-7     190      SR       Delta State                                       Oxford, Miss.

RS           LaPerion Perry                           5-6     155      FR        West Georgia                                  LaGrange, Ga.


Second Team Offense

POS        NAME                                            HT      WT       YR        SCHOOL                                           HOMETOWN

QB          Amir Hall                                      6-4     195      SR       Bowie State                                     Bowie, Md.

RB           Jamar Thompkins                      5-11  190      FR        Valdosta State                                 Miami, Fla.

RB           Antonio Wimbush                      5-10  190      JR        Carson-Newman                            Kingsland, Ga.

WR          Torry Baker                                  6-0     185      SR       Chowan                                            Charlotte, N.C.

WR          Lansana Sesay                          6-4     175      SR       Bowie State                                     Bowie, Md.

WR          J.T. Stokes                                   6-1     205      SR       Wingate                                            Juliette, Ga.

TE           Jourdan Osinskie                       6-3     230      SR       Catawba                                           Greensboro, N.C.

AP           Terraris Saffold                          6-0     180      JR        Central State (Ohio)                       Hayneville, Ala.

C             Jordan Seal                                 6-5     270      JR        Carson-Newman                            Morristown, Tenn.

OG          Jean Cyriaque                            6-2     277      JR        Morehouse                                      Durham, N.C.

OG          Phil McDowell                             6-5     315      JR        Carson-Newman                            Inman, S.C.

OG          Quinzavious Sands                   6-1     280      SR       Catawba                                           Douglasville, Ga.

OT           Frank Ball                                    6-3     300      JR        Virginia State                                   Hampton, Va.

OT           Marcus Campbell Jr.                 6-4     266      SR       Kentucky State                                Radcliff, Ky.

OT           Brandon Anderson                    6-3     287      JR        West Alabama                                Bessemer, Ala.

PK           Omar Cervantes                         6-3     243      FR        West Georgia                                  Fort Valley, Ga.


Second Team Defense

POS        NAME                                           HT     WT       YR       SCHOOL                                          HOMETOWN

DE          Adonis Davis                               6-3     260      SR       Florida Tech                                    Columbus, Ohio

DE          Jamarcus Henderson               5-10  230      SR       Newberry                                         Union, S.C.

DE          Tyler Hinton                                 6-2     230      SR       North Carolina-Pembroke            Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

DT           Rickym Holmes                          6-5     330      SR       Benedict                                           Baltimore, Md.

DT           Montel Presley                            6-0     290      JR        Carson-Newman                            Bushnell, Fla.

LB           Joe Blue                                       5-10  225      SR       Newberry                                         Dillon, S.C.     

LB           Devon Hunt                                            6-1       220      JR                                                      Shaw                Hamlet, N.C.

LB           Korie Rogers                               6-2     231      JR        West Georgia                                  Buford, Ga.

LB           Terry Samuel                              6-2     193      SR       West Alabama                                Brewton, Ala.

S             Marvin Conley                            5-10  190      SR       West Florida                                    Tampa, Fla.

S             Joshua Simmons                       6-3     205      GR       Limestone                                        Moncks Corner, S.C.

CB          Darren Gardenhire                    6-1     190      SR       Delta State                                       Los Angeles, Calif.

CB          Davion Washington                   6-1     195      JR        Wingate                                            Greenville, S.C.

P             Chris Birozes                              6-0     200      SR       Wingate                                            Suwanee, Ga.

P             Shea Rodgers                             6-0     185      JR        Newberry                                         Indian Land, S.C.

RS           Kyle Dugger                                6-2     215      JR        Lenoir-Rhyne                                  Fayetteville, Ga.

RS           Brandon Smith                           5-8     170      SO       Fayetteville State                            Red Springs, N.C.


Third Team Offense

POS        NAME                                            HT      WT       YR        SCHOOL                                           HOMETOWN

QB          Willie Candler                             6-1     186      JR        West Georgia                                  Atlanta, Ga.

QB          Bryce Witt                                     6-4     225      SO       Chowan                                            Sutherland, Va.

RB           Stevie Green                               6-1     205      JR        Fayetteville State                            Washington, N.C.

RB           Nijere Peoples                            5-9     210      FR        Wingate                                            Charlotte, N.C.

WR          Markell Castle                             5-10  180      SR       Newberry                                         York, S.C.

WR          Lio'undre Gallimore                  5-10  171      SO       Valdosta State                                 Miami Gardens, Fla.

WR          T.J. Smith                                     6-0     180      SR       Lenoir-Rhyne                                  Charleston, S.C.

WR          Leonard Tyree                            5-10  165      SR       Miles                                                 Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TE           Ryan Edwards                            6-3     240      SR       Morehouse                                      Atlanta, Ga.

TE           Kevonta Moses                           6-1     240      JR        Shaw                                                 Fort Myer, Fla.

AP           Santo Dunn                                 5-7     185      SO       Morehouse                                      Miami, Fla.

AP           Kenyatta Greene                        5-9     175      SR       Catawba                                           Edgewater Park, N.J.

C             Call Dyer                                      6-4     357      JR        West Alabama                                Gordo, Ala.

C             Lee Humphrey                           6-0     270      JR        Morehouse                                      Plano, Ill.

C             Cordarius Smith                         6-2     330      SR       Tuskegee                                         Columbus, Ga.

OG          Rochelin Romain                       6-5     320      JR        Tuskegee                                         Pompano Beach, Fla.

OG          Adonis Sealey                            6-3     295      JR        Valdosta State                                 Hamer, S.C.

OT           Tyreek Bailey                              6-2     305      SR       Fayetteville State                            Hampton, Va.

OT           Keveon Broadwater                   6-4     315      JR        Tusculum                                         Gaffney, S.C.

OT           Shamdu Nalls                             6-4     330      SR       Virginia Union                                 Baltimore, Md.

PK           Andrew Gray                               6-0     165      SR       Valdosta State                                 Johns Creek, Ga.

PK           McLean Robertson                    5-11  195      SO       Wingate                                            Lexington, S.C.


Third Team Defense

POS        NAME                                           HT     WT       YR       SCHOOL                                          HOMETOWN

DE          Jordan Jones                              6-2     234      JR        West Alabama                                Lawrenceville, Ga.

DE          Brayce McKenzie                       6-2     240      SO       Lane                                                  Geneva, Fla.

DT           Solomon Bassett                        6-3     250      SR       Lincoln (Pa.)                                    Fort Worth, Texas

DT           Iseoluwapo Jegede                   6-6     277      SR       Valdosta State                                 Lagos, Nigeria

DT           Seth Laughter                             6-2     287      SR       North Greenville (S.C.)                  Debary, Fla.

DT           Joseph Mozone                          6-1     321      JR        Valdosta State                                 North Augusta, S.C.

LB           Gavin Burford                             6-2     230      SR       West Florida                                    Lewisville, Texas

LB           Temoris Coats                            5-11  205      SR       Carson-Newman                            Greenwood, S.C.

LB           Ivan Hogans                                6-2     210      SO       Tusculum                                         Stockbridge, Ga.

LB           Patrick Prosser                           5-11  230      SR       Virginia State                                   Newport News, Va.

LB           Davoris Thomas                         5-10  190      JR        Tuskegee                                         Mobile, Ala.

S             Malik Goodman                          5-11  185      JR        Tusculum                                         Jacksonville, Fla.

S             Sterling Hammond                    6-1     210      JR        Virginia Union                                 Caret, Va.

S             Camron Young                           5-11  185      JR        Fort Valley State                             Eastman, Ga.

CB          Stephen Denmark                     6-3     212      SR       Valdosta State                                 Tallahassee, Fla.

CB          Desmond Fairell                        6-0     185      JR        Carson-Newman                            Miami, Fla.

CB          George Parker                            6-3     200      SR       Chowan                                            Richmond, Va.

CB          Mandell Ray                                6-4     200      SR       Morehouse                                      Lafayette, Ala.

P             Thomas Cook                             5-9     185      JR        Limestone                                        Moore, S.C.

P             Isaac Parks                                            6-0       210      SO                                                     North Carolina-Pembroke                Greensboro, N.C.

RS           Tyeous Sharpe                           5-10  185      SO       Fayetteville State                            Winston-Salem, N.C.

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