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      A-State Football Picks Up Nine All-Sun Belt Conference Selections
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      December 1, 2022

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      JONESBORO, Ark. (12/1/22) – The Arkansas State football team had eight players combined for nine selections to the 2022 All-Sun Belt Conference Team, announced Thursday by the league office.

      The Red Wolves had two first-team selections, one player earn second-team recognition, one third-team pick and an additional four honorable mention choices. A-State had players represent all three phases of the game, including four on offense, two on defense and two on special teams.

      Sophomore tight end Seydou Traore represented A-State on the first team after ranking first in the Sun Belt Conference among tight ends for receptions (50) and receiving yards (655), while also ranking second among the same group for touchdown receptions (4). He ranks third among FBS tight ends for receiving yards and yards per catch (13.10). He recorded a career-high 120 receiving yards and a touchdown against Memphis and was responsible for at least 50 receiving yards in six games.

      Also representing A-State on the first team was true-freshman place-kicker Dominic Zvada. A Lou Groza Award semifinalist, Zvada broke the Sun Belt Conference single-season record by a true freshman for points by kicking in a season with 81, which is also the ninth most in school history. He led the Sun Belt in field goal percentage while also ranking fifth in in scoring by kick and seventh in overall scoring. He ranks fifth in the nation in field goal percentage and 24th in the country (first in the Sun Belt) in field goals per game. He made a career-long 56-yard field goal against Texas State that is the second longest in FBS this season. Among freshmen only, he leads the nation in field goal percentage and ranks second in field goals made.

      Senior running back Johnnie Lang Jr. represented A-State on the second team as a return specialist and at the all-purpose position as well. Named Midseason All-America by CBS Sports and to the Doak Walker Award Watch List, Lang leads the nation in kickoff return yards and ranks 15th in all-purpose yards (135.8 ypg). He leads the country in combined kick return yards with 973. He was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll and the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after posting a kickoff return, rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game during a Red Wolves victory over ULM. He ranks fourth in the Sun Belt Conference in punt return average and recorded six combined rushing and receiving touchdowns.

      Finding a place on the third team was senior defensive end Kivon Bennett. He ranked sixth in the Sun Belt in fumbles forced and 13th in sacks with 5.5. He led all A-State defensive linemen in tackles with 50 and was first on the team in tackles for loss (9.5) and sacks (5.5). He posted at least five tackles in six games, including a season-high eight versus both Southern Miss and Troy. He recorded a career-tying 2.0 sacks versus Troy and at least a half-tackle for loss in all but two games.

      A-State’s four honorable mention selections were made up of defensive tackle TW Ayers, quarterback James Blackman, wide receiver Champ Flemings and offensive lineman Jordan Rhodes.

      2022 SUN BELT CONFERENCE FOOTBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS

      Player of the Year


      Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina

      Offensive Player of the Year

      Todd Centeio, James Madison

      Defensive Player of the Year

      Carlton Martial, Troy

      Newcomer of the Year

      Todd Centeio, James Madison

      Freshman of the Year

      Jared Brown, Coastal Carolina

      Coach of the Year

      Jon Sumrall, Troy

      All-Sun Belt First Team Offense

      QB – Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina

      RB – Khalan Laborn, Marshall

      RB – La’Damian Webb, South Alabama

      OL – Cooper Hodges, App State

      OL – Austin Stidham, Troy

      OL – Willie Lampkin, Coastal Carolina

      OL – Jake Andrews, Troy

      OL – Anderson Hardy, App State

      TE – Seydou Traore, Arkansas State

      WR – Jamari Thrash, Georgia State

      WR – Kris Thornton, James Madison

      WR – Ali Jennings III, Old Dominion

      All-Sun Belt First Team Defense

      DL – T.J. Jackson, Troy

      DL – Zi’Yon Hill-Green, Louisiana

      DL – Owen Porter, Marshall

      DL – Will Choloh, Troy

      DL – Isaac Ukwu, James Madison

      LB – Carlton Martial, Troy

      LB – Jason Henderson, Old Dominion

      LB – Nick Hampton, App State

      DB – Yam Banks, South Alabama

      DB – Micah Abraham, Marshall

      DB – Reddy Steward, Troy

      DB – Bralen Trahan, Louisiana

      All-Sun Belt First Team Special Teams

      K – Dominic Zvada, Arkansas State

      P – Rhys Burns, Louisiana

      RS – Eric Garror, Louisiana

      AP – Frank Gore Jr., Southern Miss

      All-Sun Belt Second Team Offense

      QB – Todd Centeio, James Madison

      RB – Kimani Vidal, Troy

      RB – Frank Gore Jr., Southern Miss

      OL – Khalil Crowder, Georgia Southern

      OL – Pat Bartlett, Georgia State

      OL – Nick Saldiveri, Old Dominion

      OL – Malik Sumter, Georgia State

      OL – Nick Kidwell, James Madison

      TE – Henry Pearson, App State

      WR – Jalen Wayne, South Alabama

      WR – Tyrone Howell, ULM

      WR – Khaleb Hood, Georgia Southern

      All-Sun Belt Second Team Defense

      DL – Levi Bell, Texas State

      DL – James Carpenter, James Madison

      DL – Richard Jibunor, Troy

      DL – Jamare Edwards, James Madison

      DL – Josaiah Stewart, Coastal Carolina

      LB – Marques Watson-Trent, Georgia Southern

      LB – Andre Jones, Louisiana

      LB – Jourdan Quibodeaux, Louisiana

      DB – Steven Jones Jr., App State

      DB – Quavian White, Georgia State

      DB – Steven Gilmore, Marshall

      DB – Lance Boykin, Coastal Carolina

      All-Sun Belt Second Team Special Teams

      K – Diego Guajardo, South Alabama

      P – Devyn McCormick, ULM

      RS – Johnnie Lang Jr., Arkansas State

      AP – Johnnie Lang Jr., Arkansas State

      All-Sun Belt Third Team Offense

      QB – Kyle Vantrease, Georgia Southern

      RB – Percy Agyei-Obese, James Madison

      RB – Jalen White, Georgia Southern

      OL – James Jackson, South Alabama

      OL – Kyle Hergel, Texas State

      OL – Caleb Kelly, Georgia Southern

      OL – Isaiah Helms, App State

      OL – Antwine Loper, Coastal Carolina

      TE – Jacob Jenkins, Coastal Carolina

      WR – Jason Brownlee, Southern Miss

      WR – Sam Pinckney, Coastal Carolina

      WR – Michael Jefferson, Louisiana

       

      All-Sun Belt Third Team Defense

      DL – Kivon Bennett, Arkansas State

      DL – Jerrod Clark, Coastal Carolina

      DL – Justin Ellis, Georgia Southern

      DL – Javon Solomon, Troy

      LB – Taurus Jones, James Madison

      LB – JT Killen, Coastal Carolina

      LB – Santrell Latham, Southern Miss

      DB – Jay Stanley, Southern Miss

      DB – Malik Shorts, Southern Miss

      DB – Darrell Luter Jr., South Alabama

      DB – Antavious Lane, Georgia State

      DB – Derrick Canteen, Georgia Southern

      All-Sun Belt Third Team Special Teams

      K – Briggs Bourgeois, Southern Miss

      P – Mason Hunt, Southern Miss

      RS – Milan Tucker, App State

      AP – La’Damian Webb, South Alabama

      Arkansas State Honorable Mention

      DL – TW Ayers

      QB – James Blackman

      WR – Champ Flemings

      OL – Jordan Rhodes

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