Seven Eagles Earn All-Sun Belt Honors
Gallon, Koo and Kwon make first-team All-SBC
NEW ORLEANS – Seven Georgia Southern football players were honored by the league coaches and members of the media as the Sun Belt Conference announced Wednesday the selections for its all-conference teams.
Senior linebacker Ironhead Gallon, senior offensive lineman Andy Kwon and senior kicker Younghoe Koo were chosen for first-team All-Sun Belt Conference accolades.
Named to the Sun Belt All-Newcomer team was Georgia Southern junior transfer linebacker Ukeme Eligwe. Four more Eagles, senior cornerback Darius Jones Jr., senior quarterback Kevin Ellison, senior receiver BJ Johnson III and Eligwe earned honorable mention recognition.
The Sun Belt Conference’s coaches and a member of the media representing each team voted on the list of candidates for the teams with points assigned for rankings for each position. The first and second teams are compromised of 12 offensive players (1 QB, 3 WR, 2 RB, 1 TE, 5 OL), 12 defensive players (4 DL, 3 LB, 4 DB, 1 at large selection) and 4 special team players (K, P, Return Specialist and All Purpose).
A Lou Groza Award finalist, Koo was one of the top kickers in the country. The Ridgewood, New Jersey, native made 19 of 20 field goals and led the Eagles in scoring. He made 14 straight field goals to start the season, a new school record, and his 19 makes tied the school mark for field goals in a season.
Gallon had a standout season a year after making the honorable mention squad a year ago. The Madison, Florida, native had 102 tackles, including 6.0 for loss, six pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Kwon, who was a second-team choice last season, played his way onto the first team this season. The Suwanee, Georgia, native was a Rimington Award nominee - given to the nation’s top center - and helped pave the way to 24 rushing touchdowns by the Eagles this season.
Eligwe earned a spot on the All-Newcomer team, leading the Eagles in stops with 104. His 18 tackles in the finale against Troy pushed him to the top of the list. The Florida State transfer also had 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks to go along with three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, which he returned 90 yards for a touchdown.
Four Eagles earned honorable mention recognition: Johnson III, Jones Jr, Eligwe and Ellison. Johnson III led the team with 42 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns. Jones Jr., led a young secondary and picked off two passes while Ellison led the Eagles in rushing with 678 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing for 871 yards and eight scores.
(From Georgia Southern University Athletics)