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Coaches Select 10 Furman Paladins All-SoCon

Jerodis Williams
Jerodis Williams

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Five Furman Paladins have been named first team All-Southern Conference by vote of league head coaches, who today announced conference honors that included 10 Paladins.

Named All-SoCon first team were running back Jerodis Williams, tight end Colin Anderson, offensive tackle Dakota Dozier, and defensive end Josh Lynn.  Williams was also the league's top choice for return specialist.

In addition, five Paladins were selected to the SoCon All-Freshman Team, including quarterback Reese Hannon, wide receiver Jordan Snellings, offensive lineman Joe Turner, cornerback Reggie Thomas, and snapper Danny LaMontagne.

Williams, a two-time All-SoCon selection, recorded his second consecutive 1,000-yard season, rushing for 1,170 yards and 11 touchdowns this fall to complete his career with 3,097 yards, good for fifth-best in Furman history.  Included in his season's work was a career high 239-yard rushing performance in a 45-24 win over Western Carolina, against whom he also returned a kickoff 100 yards on the way to a school single game record 370 all-purpose yards.  The Prattville, Ala., product added a second 100-yard kickoff return versus Appalachian State and led all of FCS in kickoff returns, averaging 35.9 yards per attempt.

Anderson followed up his All-SoCon and All-America 2011 season with a solid senior campaign that saw him catch 30 passes for 498 yards.  The Dallas, Texas, product's 11 career touchdown receptions are a Furman tight end record, and his 90 catches for 1,541 yards rank second all-time in both categories.

A native of West Columbia, S.C., Dozier picked up his second all-conference scroll despite him missing  two games due to knee injury.

Lynn's all-conference tab was the third of his career following second team honors in both 2010 & '11.  The Fort Lawn, S.C., product collected 36 tackles, including seven for-loss, and two sacks in 2012 to finish his Paladin tenure with 163 stops.  His 10 career sacks rank 10th in program history.

Hannon, a true freshman from Greer, S.C., completed 160-of-260 passes for a Paladin freshman record 1,896 yards and seven touchdowns after taking over starting signal calling duties in the third game of the season.

Snellings, from Atlanta, Ga., was on the receiving end of 19 passes that covered 210 yards and went for three touchdowns, including a 31-yard touchdown connection versus Clemson.

A product of Roswell, Ga., Turner registered over 550 plays and earned eight starts in 2012, seeing action at both guard positions and at offensive tackle.

Thomas, a true freshman, broke into the starting lineup in Furman's third game of the season against Clemson, recording an interception against the Tigers and another pickoff in the Paladins' season finale versus The Citadel.  The Abbeville, S.C., native totaled 23 tackles, including a pair of sacks.

LaMontagne, from Snellville, Ga., and another true freshman, fashioned an outstanding first season with the Paladins, successfully handling 98 of a combined total of 99 snaps for PATs, field goals, and punts during the season.

Furman and Appalachian State led all schools with five selections to the all-freshman squad.

2012 Coaches All-Southern Conference Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year – Eric Breitenstein, Sr., RB, Wofford
Co-Defensive Player of the Year – Jeremy Kimbrough, Sr., LB, Appalachian State
Co-Defensive Player of the Year – Davis Tull, So., DL, Chattanooga
Freshman of the Year – Sean Price, WR, Appalachian State
Jacobs Blocking Award – Mike Sellers, Jr., OL, The Citadel
Co-Coach of the Year – Kevin Higgins, The Citadel
Co-Coach of the Year – Pat Sullivan, Samford

First Team Offense
QB    Jamal Jackson, Jr., Appalachian State
RB    Jerodis Williams, Sr., Furman
RB    Eric Breitenstein, Sr., Wofford
OL    Mike Sellers, Jr., The Citadel
OL    Dakota Dozier, Jr., Furman
OL    Dorian Byrd, Jr., Georgia Southern
OL    Ryan Dudchock, Sr., Samford
OL    Jared Singleton, Jr., Wofford
TE    Colin Anderson, Sr., Furman
WR    Sean Price, Fr., Appalachian State
WR    Aaron Mellette, Sr., Elon

First Team Defense
DL    Josh Lynn, Sr., Furman
DL    Dion Dubose, Sr., Georgia Southern
DL    Brent Russell, Sr., Georgia Southern
DL    Davis Tull, So., Chattanooga
DL    Nicholas Williams, Samford
LB    Jeremy Kimbrough, Sr., Appalachian State
LB    Wes Dothard, Sr., Chattanooga
LB    Alvin Scioneaux, Jr., Wofford
DB    Demetrius McCray, Sr., Appalachian State
DB    JJ Wilcox, Sr., Georgia Southern
DB    Jaquiski Tartt, So., Samford
DB    Darius Eubanks, Sr., Georgia Southern

First Team Specialists
PK    Cameron Yaw, Sr., Samford
P    Sam Martin, Sr., Appalachian State
RS    Jerodis Williams, Sr., Furman

Second Team Offense
QB    Thomas Wilson, Sr., Elon
RB    Steven Miller, Sr., Appalachian State
RB    Fabian Truss, Jr., Samford
OL    Justin Ward, Sr., Elon
OL    Jacob Kirschenbaum, Sr., Samford
OL    Calvin Cantrell, Sr., Wofford
OL    Tymeco Gregory, Jr., Wofford
OL    Jake Miles, So., Wofford
TE    Faysal Shafaat, So., Chattanooga
WR    Andrew Peacock, Jr., Appalachian State
WR    Kelsey Pope, Jr., Samford

Second Team Defense
DL    Ronald Blair, So., Appalachian State
DL    Chris Billingslea, Sr., The Citadel
DL    Derrick Lott, Jr., Chattanooga
DL    Tarek Odom, So., Wofford
LB    Brandon Grier, Sr., Appalachian State
LB    Rock Williams, Sr., Western Carolina
LB    Mike Niam, Sr., Wofford
DB    Troy Sanders, Sr., Appalachian State
DB    D.J. Key, Jr., Chattanooga
DB    Kadeem Wise, Jr., Chattanooga
DB    Blake Wylie, Sr., Wofford

Second Team Specialists
PK    Sam Martin, Sr., Appalachian State
P    Cass Couey, Sr., The Citadel
RS    Tony Washington, Appalachian State

All-Freshman Offense
Shaq Counts, OL, Appalachian State
Malachi Jones, WR, Appalachian State
Sean Price, WR, Appalachian State
Tracey Coppedge, RB, Elon
Reese Hannon, QB, Furman
Jordan Snellings, WR, Furman
Joe Turner, OL, Furman
Tony Philpot, TE, Samford
Jacob Huesman, QB, Chattanooga
Darius Ramsey, RB, Western Carolina
Troy Mitchell, QB, Western Carolina

All-Freshman Defense
Stephen Burns, DL, Appalachian State
Davante Harris, DL, Appalachian State
Mitchell Jeter, DL, The Citadel
James Riley, LB, The Citadel
Mark Thomas, DE, The Citadel
Reggie Thomas, DB, Furman
Patrick Flowe, LB, Georgia Southern
James Bradberry, DB, Samford
Trey Wesley, DB, Samford
Sertonuse Harris, DB, Western Carolina
Jaleel Lorquet, DB, Western Carolina

All-Freshman Specialists
Alex Hanks, PK, Georgia Southern
Cam Flowers, RS, Wofford
Danny LaMontagne, LS, Furman