Five Tigers Earn MEAC Football Honors
NORFOLK, Va.- Five Savannah State University football players earned spots on the All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Team for the 2016 season, which was announced by the league office.
Headlining the honorees were seniors Marquis Smith and John Barron, who made first team defense.
Sophomore Stefan Banks was named to the second team defense.
Senior Arshon Spaulding made the third team offense while junior Mulik Simmons was named to the third team defense.
The five Tigers were the most named to the All-MEAC Team since SSU joined the conference in 2011 and the most since the 1997 season when six players were named to the All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Team (SIAC).
Smith led the MEAC in sacks (9.5), tackles for losses (21) and forced fumbles (4) and was fourth in tackles with 79 (53 solo). The defensive end from Prince George County, Maryland also finished the season with one interception.
Barron was one of the two placekicker in the MEAC to make all of their points after touchdowns (PAT) . Barron was successful in converting all 17 of his attempts. The Marietta, Georgia native also was the top punter in the league with a 41.7 average.
Banks was second in the conference in tackles for losses (17.5) and third in sacks (7.5) and forced fumbles (3). He was also 10th in the league in tackles (67). The defensive lineman from Columbus, Ohio finished the season with seven quarterback hurries, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Spaulding made the team as an running back but was a very versatile player for the Tigers. The Brunswick, Georgia native finished the season with 494 all-purpose yards. Spaulding, who lined up at various times at wide receiver, running back and quarterback, had 13 receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown, 98 carries for 363 rushing yards and a touchdown and completed his only pass attempt for seven yards.
Simmons had 73 tackles on the season which was good enough for seventh in the MEAC. The Savannah native, who lined up at linebacker had one interception, one forced fumble, 1.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for losses, six pass deflections, five pass breakups and four quarterback hurries.
North Carolina A&T State's Brandon Parker was selected as the MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year, for the second consecutive year, while teammate Elijah Bell earned Rookie of the Year honors. North Carolina Central's Jerry Mack was selected as Coach of the Year.
The team is voted on by the MEAC's head football coaches and sports information directors.