College Sports

2009 S.C. all-state college football team

South Carolina State tailback Will Ford (28) races up the sideline during the second half of the team's 28-10 NCAA college football victory over North Carolina A&T, on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, in Orangeburg, S.C. Ford rushed for 156 yards in the game, surpassing former Hampton tailback Alonzo Coleman as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s all-time leading rusher.
South Carolina State tailback Will Ford (28) races up the sideline during the second half of the team's 28-10 NCAA college football victory over North Carolina A&T, on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, in Orangeburg, S.C. Ford rushed for 156 yards in the game, surpassing former Hampton tailback Alonzo Coleman as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s all-time leading rusher.

QUARTERBACK

STEPHEN GARCIA, USC

6-2, 219, SO.

Completed 223 of 394 passes for 2,733 yards and 17 touchdowns. Also rushed for 130 yards and four touchdowns.

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RUNNING BACKS

C.J. SPILLER, CLEMSON

5-11, 195, SR.

All-ACC runner and returner posted 1,145 rushing yards, 445 receiving yards, 210 punt return yards, 708 kickoff return yards, and scored 20 touchdowns.

Will Ford, S.C. State

5-11, 185, SR.

All-MEAC selection broke conference career rushing record with 4,672 yards, including 1,032 this season, his third consecutive 1,000-yard campaign.

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WIDE RECEIVERS

ANDRE ROBERTS, THE CITADEL

5-11, 185, SR.

All-SoCon performer caught 77 passes for 792 yards and eight touchdowns to boost his career totals to 285 receptions for 3,743 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Tre Young, S.C. State

6-1, 190, SR.

All-MEAC wideout pulled in 65 passes for 995 yards and nine touchdowns, which gave him school career marks of 135 catches and 2,156 receiving yards.

Adam Mims, Furman

5-9, 198, JR.

All-SoCon choice grabbed a school-record 74 passes for 898 yards and four touchdowns and became the program's all-time receptions leader with 143.

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TIGHT END

MICHAEL PALMER, CLEMSON

6-5, 260, SR.

All-ACC honoree provided had 41 receptions for 468 yards and four touchdowns. The yardage total the most ever by a Clemson tight end.

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OFFENSIVE LINE

JOHNNY CULBREATH, S.C. STATE

6-6, 310, JR.

MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year paved way at tackle for an attack that piled up more than 30 points and 370 yards per game.

Pat Illig, Wofford

6-5, 330, JR.

All-SoCon guard led the team in knockdowns with 98 for a line that allowed nine sacks, the sixth-fewest in the nation.

Matt Holmes, Newberry

6-2, 300, JR.

All-SAC center anchored line that allowed 11 sacks while moving up from all-conference second team from a year ago.

Thomas Austin, Clemson

6-4, 310, GR.

All-ACC guard helped the Tigers rank in the top 25 in the nation in scoring offense and post a school record streak of six consecutive games with at least 34 points.

Daniel DeHaven, The Citadel

6-5, 290, SR.

All-SoCon tackle led a line that helped take conference champs Appalachian State to overtime, dominate Furman, and pull off comeback win against Samford, each with a different quarterback.

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DEFENSIVE LINE

ANDRE BERNARDI, NORTH GREENVILLE

6-3, 265, SR.

Division II All-Region pick had 54 tackles, 20.5 for loss, and 13.5 sacks. He tied the NCAA Division II career record for sacks with 42.

Ricky Sapp, Clemson

6-5, 240, SR.

All-ACC pick had team-high 14 tackles for loss, including five sacks, as part of 52 tackles overall.

Cliff Matthews, USC

6-4, 249, JR.

All-SEC choice tied for team lead with seven sacks while posting 44 tackles, 10 for loss, for unit that was third in total defense behind Florida and Alabama in the SEC.

Phillip Oboh, Coastal Carolina

6-2, 245, SR.

All-Big South performer led conference with 6.5 sacks to set league's all-time sack record with 17. Also had 55 tackles, nine for loss.

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LINEBACKERS

ERIC NORWOOD, USC

6-1, 252, SR.

All-American posted 71 tackles, 11.5 for loss, and 11 quarterback hurries. His seven sacks earned him the school's all-time record with 29.

Michael Thompson, Benedict

6-0, 220, SR.

All-SIAC pick piled up 97 tackles, second in league, with 17 of them for a loss and six sacks. Also forced three fumbles.

Kadarron Anderson, Furman

6-1, 235, SO.

All-SoCon selection racked up a team-high 123 tackles, including six for loss, in his first season as a starter.

David Erby, S.C. State

6-0, 215, JR.

All-MEAC choice led team with 82 tackles, including five for loss to go with four sacks and two forced fumbles.

Andrew McKain, Charleston Southern

6-1, 225, SR.

All-Big South performer at linebacker and long snapper who led his team with 79 tackles, 4.5 for loss, which put him fourth in the conference.

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DEFENSIVE BACKS

RON PARKER, NEWBERRY

6-1, 210, SO.

SAC Defensive Player of the Year compiled 83 tackles, a league-high six interceptions at safety, including one for a touchdown, and two forced fumbles.

DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson

6-1, 210, JR.

All-ACC safety led the conference in interceptions with eight, tied for second best in the nation, with one going for a touchdown. Also piled up 85 tackles, five for loss, with two sacks.

Phillip Adams, S.C. State

6-1, 190, SR.

All-MEAC cornerback had three interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, in addition to 11 pass breakups. He added 48 tackles, with five for loss.

Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina

6-2, 190, SO.

All-Big South cornerback shattered the league record with eight interceptions and also led the conference with 15 pass breakups to go with 43 tackles.

Justin Bethel, Presbyterian

6-0, 185, SO.

All-Big South cornerback led the team in tackles with 79, including 4.5 for loss. Also broke up three passes and blocked three kicks.

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KICKER

SPENCER LANNING, USC

5-11, 188, JR.

Made 17 of 20 field goal attempts (85 percent) and 27 of 28 PATs to score 78 points. The 17 field goals are fourth-most in a season in school history.

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PUNTER

CHRIS TOMMIE, WOFFORD

6-0, 195, SR.

All-SoCon choice led the conference in punting with a 43.8-yard average, with four punts over 50 yards and three inside the 20, to set school single-season record for average.

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RETURNER

GERALD STEVENSON, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

5-9, 162, JR.

All-Big South performer averaged 132 all-purpose yards per game. The team leader in receiving yards (724) and kickoff return yards (364) was second in rushing yards (364).

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ATHLETE

PAT RILEY, BENEDICT

6-0, 180, JR.

An All-SIAC performer at quarterback who rushed for 1,088 yards, second in the league, and 12 touchdowns, and passed for 887 yards and eight touchdowns.

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