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Eight Paladins Earn All-SoCon Honors

Gary Wilkins
Gary Wilkins

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Eight Furman Paladins have been recognized as football All-Southern Conference performers, the league announced today with the release of the annual coaches and media teams.

The eight Paladins include three first team selections, three second team picks, and two SoCon All-Freshman team choices.

Senior defensive end Gary Wilkins, junior linebacker Cory Magwood, and junior offensive guard Joe Turner led the way by earning first team recognition.  Furman's second team honorees include junior cornerback Reggie Thomas, junior wide receiver Jordan Snellings, and sophomore tight end Duncan Fletcher.

Quarterback P.J. Blazejowski garnered SoCon All-Freshman Team laurels along with placekicker/punter Jon Croft Hollingsworth.

Wilkins, a repeat consensus first team choice, totaled 77 tackles, including 17.5 for-loss, and a team leading eight sacks this fall.  The 6-3, 243-pound Covington, Ga., product also recorded three forced fumbles and an interception that he returned 19 yards for a touchdown in Furman's 25-20 road win over Mercer.  He completed a solid 48-game, 41-start Paladin career with 294 tackles, including 36 for-loss, and 15.5 sacks, good for fifth all-time in Furman history.  He also scored three touchdowns, among which was a 98-yard interception return for a score in a 27-10 victory over Appalachian State in 2013.

Magwood led the SoCon in tackles in 2014 with 123 tackles in 11 games, missing only the Paladins' season finale against Chattanooga due to an ankle sprain.  The 6-2, 228-pound Varnville, S.C., native's tackle tally ranked sixth among Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) defenders in 2014.

Turner was Furman's lone offensive representative on the coaches' first team.  A native of Roswell, Ga., the 6-3, 275-pound right guard was the only Paladin offensive lineman to start in all 12 games this fall and now counts 34 starts and over 2,100 play participations in his career.

Thomas concluded his third season as a starter with 48 tackles, a team leading nine pass deflections, and an interception.  The 6-foot, 180-pound product of Abbeville, S.C., also posted a sack and forced fumble against South Carolina.

Snellings notched a solid 2014 season with a team leading 50 receptions for 727 yards and four touchdowns.  The 6-2, 190-pound Atlanta, Ga., native recorded four 100-yard receiving games and had a pair of season best eight-reception performances versus Gardner-Webb and The Citadel.  His 99 career receptions rank 13th on Furman's career chart.

Making the switch from quarterback as a true freshman to tight end, Fletcher, a 6-4, 222-pounder from Columbus, Ga., collected 36 receptions for 442 yards and two touchdowns for the Paladins in 2014, including a season best eight-reception, 98-yard performance versus South Carolina State.

Furman's two SoCon All-Freshman Team honorees fashioned impact seasons.

P.J. Blazejowski, a St. Augustine, Fla., native, entered preseason camp as the Paladins' third team quarterback but by mid-season had moved into the starting lineup.  Over the final eight games, seven of which he started, the true freshman signal caller passed for 1,376 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 363 yards and four scores, earning SoCon Freshman of the Week honors three times.  His finest outing came in a 31-14 win over Wofford on Nov. 15 when he completed a Furman record 15 consecutive passes (15-for-15) for 305 yards and two touchdowns while also running for a score.  That performance netted him Sports Network National Freshman of the Week recognition.

Jon Croft Hollingsworth stepped into two key roles in 2014 as the squad's placekicker and punter.  As a kicker he converted 9-of-17 field goal attempts, including 5-for-8 from 40 yards and beyond and season best 51-yard effort versus Western Carolina.  He claimed Sports Network National Freshman of the Week honors after booting four field goals, including a 50-yarder, in the win over Mercer.  The Greenwood, S.C., native averaged 61.4 yards on kickoffs, with 15 of his 45 kicks going for touchbacks, and also averaged 39.6 yards on 64 punts in his first season as a Paladin.

2014 Coaches All-Southern Conference Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year – Jacob Huesman, Jr., QB, Chattanooga

Defensive Player of the Year – Davis Tull, Sr., DL, Chattanooga

Freshman of the Year – Al Cobb, QB, VMI

Jacobs Blocking Award – Corey Levin, So., OL, Chattanooga

Coach of the Year – Russ Huesman, Chattanooga

First Team Offense

QB             Jacob Huesman, Jr., Chattanooga

RB              Denzel Williams, So., Samford

RB              Keon Williams, Sr., Chattanooga

OL              Sam Frye, Jr., The Citadel

OL              Joe Turner, Jr., Furman

OL              Gunnar Bromelow, Jr., Samford

OL              Corey Levin, So., Chattanooga

OL              Anton Wahrby, So., Wofford

TE              Faysal Shafaat, Sr., Chattanooga

WR             Karel Hamilton, So., Samford

WR             Spearman Robinson, So., Western Carolina 

First Team Defense

DL              Gary Wilkins, Sr., Furman

DL              Derrick Lott, Sr., Chattanooga

DL              Davis Tull, Sr., Chattanooga

DL              Tarek Odom, Sr., Wofford

LB              Cory Magwood, Jr., Furman

LB              Justin Cooper, Jr., Samford

LB              Christon Gill, Sr., Western Carolina

DB             Jaquiski Tartt, Sr., Samford

DB             Cedric Nettles, So., Chattanooga

DB             Dee Virgin, So., Chattanooga

DB             Ace Clark, Sr., Western Carolina

First Team Specialists

PK              Henrique Ribeiro, So., Chattanooga

P                Greg Peranich, Sr., Samford

RS              Chandler Curtis, Fr., Mercer 

Second Team Offense

QB             Troy Mitchell, Jr., Western Carolina

RB              Alex Lakes, Fr., Mercer

RB              Darius Ramsey, Jr., Western Carolina

OL              Wilson Heres, Jr., Mercer

OL              Jordan Boatright, Sr., Samford

OL              Kyle Champion, Sr., Samford

OL              Jacob Revis, Fr., Chattanooga

OL              Andy Marcotte, Sr., VMI

OL              Josh Wineberg, Jr., Western Carolina

TE              Duncan Fletcher, So., Furman

WR             Jordan Snellings, Jr., Furman

WR             C.J. Board, So., Chattanooga

WR             Tommy Hudson, Sr., Chattanooga

Second Team Defense

DL              Mitchell Jeter, Jr., The Citadel

DL              Michael Pierce, Jr., Samford

DL              Keionta Davis, So., Chattanooga

DL              E.J. Speller, Jr., Wofford

LB              Nakevion Leslie, So., Chattanooga

LB              Muhasibi Wakeel, Sr., Chattanooga

LB              Sertonuse Harris, Jr., Western Carolina

DB             Reggie Thomas, Jr., Furman

DB             Jamerson Blount, So., Samford

DB             James Bradberry, Jr., Samford

DB             Lucas Webb, Fr., Chattanooga

DB             Trey Morgan, So., Western Carolina

Second Team Specialists

PK              Richard Sigmon, Sr., Chattanooga

P                Nick Pollard, Sr., Chattanooga

RS              Detrez Newsome, Fr., Western Carolina

All-Freshman Offense

Cam Jackson, RB, The Citadel

Isiaha Smith, RB, The Citadel

P.J. Blazejowski, QB, Furman

Alex Lakes, RB, Mercer

Malik Johns, WR, Samford

Richardre Bagley, RB, Chattanooga

Jacob Revis, OL, Chattanooga

Hunter Townson, OL, Chattanooga

Al Cobb, QB, VMI

Detrez Newsome, RB, Western Carolina

Davis Lenoir, OL, Wofford 

All-Freshman Defense

DeVonta Delaney, DB, The Citadel

Austin Barrett, DL, Mercer

Kyle Williams, LB, Mercer

Shaheed Salmon, LB, Samford

Tavon Lawson, DB, Chattanooga

Lucas Webb, DB, Chattanooga

Trevor Wright, DB, Chattanooga

Greg Sanders, DB, VMI

Derrick Davis, DL, Western Carolina

Daniel Riddle, LB, Western Carolina

Terrance Morris, LB, Wofford

All-Freshman Specialists

Jon Croft Hollingsworth, P/PK, Furman

Chandler Curtis, RS, Mercer

Detrez Newsome, RS, Western Carolina

David Marvin, PK, Wofford


2014 Media All-Southern Conference Football Team

Roy M. "Legs" Hawley Offensive Player of the Year – Jacob Huesman, Jr., QB, Chattanooga

Defensive Player of the Year – Davis Tull, Sr., DE, Chattanooga

Freshman of the Year – Al Cobb, QB, VMI

Wallace Wade Coach of the Year – Russ Huesman, Chattanooga

First Team Offense

QB       Jacob Huesman, Jr., Chattanooga

RB        Alex Lakes, Fr., Mercer

RB        Keon Williams, Sr., Chattanooga

OL        Sam Frye, Jr, The Citadel

OL        Jordan Boatright, Sr., Samford

OL        Corey Levin, So., Chattanooga

OL        Jake Thornton, Jr., Western Carolina

OL        T.J. Chamberlain, Jr., Wofford

TE        Faysal Shafaat, Sr., Chattanooga

WR       Karel Hamilton, So., Samford

WR       Spearman Robinson, So., Western Carolina

First Team Defense

DL        Davis Tull, Sr., Chattanooga

DL        Gary Wilkins, Sr., Furman

DL        Derrick Lott, Sr., Chattanooga

DL        Tarek Odom, Sr., Wofford

LB        Cory Magwood, Jr., Furman

LB        Muhasibi Wakeel, Sr., Chattanooga

LB        Christon Gill, Sr., Western Carolina

DB       Jaquiski Tartt, Sr., Samford

DB       Lucas Webb, Fr., Chattanooga

DB       Ace Clark, Sr., Western Carolina

DB       Trey Morgan, So., Western Carolina

First Team Specialists

PK        Henrique Ribeiro, So., Chattanooga

P          Nick Pollard, Sr., Chattanooga

RS        Chandler Curtis, Fr., Mercer

Second Team Offense

QB       Troy Mitchell, Jr., Western Carolina

RB        Denzel Williams, So., Samford

RB        Lorenzo Long, So., Wofford

OL        Joe Turner, Jr., Furman

OL        Kyle Champion, Sr., Samford

OL        Jacob Revis, Fr., Chattanooga

OL        Andy Marcotte, Sr., VMI

OL        Josh Wineberg, Jr., Western Carolina

TE        Duncan Fletcher, So., Furman

WR       Jordan Snellings, Jr., Furman

WR       Terryon Robinson, So., Western Carolina

Second Team Defense

DL        Mitchell Jeter, Jr., The Citadel

DL        Michael Pierce, Jr., Samford

DL        Keionta Davis, So., Chattanooga

DL        Caleb Hawkins, Jr., Western Carolina

LB        Tyler Ward, So., Mercer

LB        Justin Cooper, Jr., Samford

LB        Nakevion Leslie, So., Chattanooga

DB       Reggie Thomas, Jr., Furman

DB       Alex Avant, Jr., Mercer

DB       Jamerson Blount, So., Samford

DB       Cedric Nettles, So., Chattanooga

DB       Dee Virgin, So., Chattanooga

Second Team Specialists

PK        Warren Handrahan, So., Samford

P          Greg Peranich, Sr., Samford

RS        Detrez Newsome, Fr., Western Carolina

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information