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Reed, Seven Players Honored by BOXTOROW
Monday, December 16, 2013
Reed, Seven Players Honored by BOXTOROW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed was named Coach of the Year and six Tigers were selected to the All-American team as announced by BOXTOROW on Monday.

Kadeem Edwards, A.C. Leonard, Anthony Bass, Antonio Harper, Nick Thrasher and Daniel Fitzpatrick made the HBCU 22-man team while kicker Jamin Godfrey was given an honorable mention.

Reed led the Tigers to their first appearance in the FCS Playoffs since 1999 and first postseason win since 1986.  The Tigers defeated Butler 31-0 in the first round before falling to Eastern Illinois in the second round.  The Tigers finished the season 10-4 and finished as runner-ups in the BOXTOROW final coaches’ and media polls.

Edwards led all offensive linemen in votes at the guard position after helping TSU run for 2,293 yards on the ground. Tennessee State also only allowed 2.6 sacks per contest.

Leonard was named a Boxtorow All-American for the second year in a row, recording 31 receptions for 441 yards, five touchdowns.

Bass was the leading vote-getter among defensive linemen.  The OVC Defensive Player of the Year registered 10 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, 34 tackles (18 solo), and four pass breakups.

Harper finished fifth on TSU in stops with 49 and was second with 13 tackles for loss. He also recorded seven sacks and blocked a field goal against Bethune-Cookman.

Thrasher led the OVC with 112 tackles and was the captain of a defense that ranked sixth nationally in yards per game (296).

Fitzpatrick was the leading vote-getter in the defensive secondary.  Fitzpatrick is first in FCS in interceptions (8); he returned the interceptions for 140 yards and three touchdowns.  He also broke up eight passes and registered 75 tackles (52 solo). 

Godfrey nailed 18-of-29 field goals and tallied 97 points, breaking Alfred Reese’s 32-year scoring record for points in a career.

TSU had six players on the All-American team, more than any other school. 

2013 BOXTOROW All-American Team 

QB: Dray Joseph, Southern, Sr., New Orleans, La.
RB: Jordan Anderson, Virginia St. Grad., Houston, Texas
RB: Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State, Jr., Columbus, Ga.
OL: Jordan Arthur, Jackson State, Sr., Monroe, La.
OL: Tristan Bellamy, South Carolina St., r-Sr., Johnston, S.C.
OL: Andrew Edourad, Bethune-Cookman, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.
OL: Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State, Sr., Sanford, Fla.      
OL: Alex Monroe Bethune-Cookman, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla. $$
TE: A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.$
WR: DeAndre Cooper, Prairie View A&M, r-Sr., Houston, Texas
WR: Lee Doss, Southern, r-Sr., New Orleans, La.

DL: Anthony Bass, Tennessee State, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.
DL: Andrew Carter, South Carolina St., r-Jr., Hamlet, N.C.
DL: Antonio Harper, Tennessee State, r-Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
DL: Shonquez Nelson, Saint Augustine’s, Sr., Lake City, S.C.
LB: Carlos Fields, II, Winston-Salem State, Sr., Henderson, N.C.*$
LB: Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman, r-Sr., Sanford, Fla.*
LB: Joe Thomas South Carolina St., r-Sr., Blackville, S.C.
LB:  Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State, Jr., Morrow, Ga.*
DB: Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
DB: Qua Cox, Jackson State, r-Sr., Tuskegee, Ala.$
DB: Darnell Evans, Shaw, Sr., Madison, N.J.
DB: Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State, Jr., Ft. Wayne, Ind.

PK: Anthony Prevost, Hampton, Fr., Chesterfield, Va.
P: Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State, Sr., San Diego, Calif. $
RS: Adrian Wilkins, North Carolina Central, r-Soph., Forest City, N.C.

*Indicates tie
$2012 BOXTOROW All-American
$$2011 BOXTOROW All-American

Honorable Mention
QB: Greg McGhee, Howard
RB: Tarik Cohen, N.C. A&T; Marquise Grizzle, Shaw; Arnold Walker, Alcorn State   
OL: Edmond Davis, Alabama State; Michael Sabb, Winston-Salem State; Isaac Sampson, Alcorn State; Christopher Tolbert, Tuskegee
TE: Joseph Hawkins, Norfolk State
WR: Robert Holland, Chowan; Tyler McDonald, South Carolina State
DL: Derrick Billups, Alabama State; Alex Glover, South Carolina State; Javancy Jones, Jackson State; Donnie Owens, Winston-Salem State, Robert Simpson, Mississippi Valley State           
LB: Kourtney Berry, Alabama State; LeRon Furr, Fort Valley State; Jer-Ryan Harris, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Chaz Robinson, Saint Augustine’s; Lynden Trail , Norfolk State
DB: Justin Blake, Hampton; Avery Boykin, Mississippi Valley State; Darrin Marrow, Norfolk State; Dexter Moody, Albany State; Ademola Olatunji, Howard; Thomas Wolfe III, Fort Valley State
PK: Jamin Godfrey, Tennessee State
P: Lawrence Forbes, Morgan State

Offensive Players of the Year
2013 Dray Joseph, Southern
2012 Kameron Smith, Winston-Salem State
2011 Casey Therriault, Jackson State
2010 Frank Warren, Grambling State
2009 Will Ford, South Carolina State
2008 Will Ford, South Carolina State
2007 Jacary Atkinson, Tuskegee 

Defensive Players of the Year
2013 Darnell Evans, Shaw
2012 Brandon Thurmond, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
2011 Adrian Hamilton, Prairie View A&M
2010 Kenrick Ellis, Hampton
2009 Christian Anthony, Grambling
2008 Marcellus Speaks, Jackson State
2007 Zach East, Prairie View A&M

Coaches of the Year
2013 Rod Reed, Tennessee State
2012 Connell Maynor, Winston-Salem State
2011 Connell Maynor, Winston-Salem State
2010 Brian Jenkins, Bethune-Cookman
2009 Henry Frazier, Prairie View A&M
2008 Rod Broadway, Grambling State
2007 Al Lavan, Delaware State

Rookie/Newcomer of the Year
2013 Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T
2012 Damon Gresham Chisholm, Howard
2011 Greg McGhee, Howard
2010 Casey Therriault, Jackson State
2009 Ari Johnson, Grambling State
2008 Greg Dillon, Grambling State
2007 Frank Warren, Grambling State