Thursday, December 1, 2016

Southern puts nine on All-SWAC first team, but Grambling takes home top honors

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Nine Southern football players were recognized by the Southwestern Athletic Conference Thursday as all-conference performers.

The Jaguars nine first team honorees tied Grambling for the most in the conference, but Grambling ran away with the individual awards, claiming the league’s offensive and defensive players of the year as well as coach of the year. The Tigers also led the league in overall honorees, with 14.

Southern snagged six of the 11 spots on the All-SWAC first team offense, with running back Lenard Tillery, wide receiver Willie Quinn, tight end Dillon Beard and offensive linemen Anthony Mosley, Terrell Lee and Jamal Boulden all making the list.

Beard is the only one among that group who will return in 2017.

Tillery was the league’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year, and he managed to exceed the lofty expectations.

He ran for 1,665 yards and 13 touchdowns in his final season on his way to smashing the SWAC’s all-time rushing record, which he now holds by an almost 800-yard margin. Tillery also chipped in a career high 307 yards and two touchdowns through the air.


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