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Henderson, Ross, Brown Highlight 14 All-Big South Honors by Coastal Carolina

Courtesy: Coastal Carolina media relations

CONWAY – De’Angelo Henderson, Alex Ross and Devin Brown earned three of the top individual postseason football awards given by the Big South while Coastal Carolina received a total of 14 All-Big South honors, the league announced today.

Henderson was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year, Ross was voted the Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Brown was selected the Big South Special Teams Player of the Year. Henderson (RB), Ross (QB) and Brown (KOR) were additionally named first team All-Big South, as voted on by the league’s head coaches and selected media, along with Bruce Mapp (WR), Sam Ekwonike (OL), Voghens Larrieux (OL), Jabarai Bothwell (DL) and Ryan Granger (PK). Second team selections included Chris Jones (WR and PR), Chase Tidwell (OL), Roderick Holder (DL), Calvin Hollenhorst (DL) and Alex Scearce (LB).

Henderson is the third straight Chanticleer to earn Big South Offensive Player of the Year honors, joining Lorenzo Taliaferro (2013) and Alex Ross (2014), and fifth Chanticleer in 12 years to receive the honor as Patrick Hall was the 2004 recipient and Tyler Thigpen took home the honor is 2006. Henderson ranks leads the Big South in rushing touchdowns (15; sixth in the FCS), scoring (9.3 points per game; seventh in the FCS), rushing yards (1,245; eighth in the FCS) and all purpose yards per game (144.36; 16th in the FCS). Henderson was a two-time Big South Offensive Player of the Week this season and became the first running back in Big South history to have at least 100 receiving yards in as game. Although just a junior, Henderson has shattered the school career record for rushing yards and ranks fourth on the Big South’s all-time list with 3,378 – just 255 yards from second on the league’s all-time list. He additionally ranks fourth on the league’s all-time list for rushing TDs (41, seven shy of the record), third for career 100-yard rushing games (17, five shy of the record) and is the Big South’s all-time leader among running backs with 671 receiving yards (one shy of the Big South mark among RBs with 74 career receptions).

Ross, a two-time Big South Offensive Player of the Week, becomes the first three-time, first team quarterback in Big South history. He additionally is the first player in league history to be both a Player of the Year (Offensive Player of the Year in 2014) and a Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2015). Ross, who graduated cum laude December 2014 and will complete his M.B.A with a perfect 4.0 this December, is the Big South’s all-time leader in total offense (11,028) and ranks second in touchdown responsibility (88), second in touchdowns passing (69), third in passing yards (9,503) and third in completions (739). Ross is additionally the league career leader with 11 games with at least three TD passes, 15 games with at least 300 yards of total offense and three games with at least 400 yards of total offense. This season, Ross leads the Big South in completion percentage (.667; eight in the FCS), passing efficiency (151.5 rating; 13th in the FCS), yards per pass attempt (8.23; 17th in the FCS), passing TDs (18; 26th in the FCS) and points responsible for per game (12.2). Ross is the third Chanticleer all-time to be named Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining Josh Hoke (2006) and Marcus Lott (2011).

Brown is the second Chanticleer to earn Big South Special Teams Player of the Year in the three-year history of the award, joining inaugural winner LaDarius Hawthorne (2013). Brown, with two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season, has five career kickoff returns for TDs, which is a Big South record and one shy of the NCAA FCS all-time mark. The junior ranks third in the FCS with a 30.4 average on kick returns this season. Two of his kick returns came within the first three weeks of the season. Over the last eight games, teams stayed away from Brown as he only had eight attempts to close out the season. However, in one of those finale eight games – versus Presbyterian; he had five attempts for 123 yards. Brown was a two-time Big South Special Teams Player of the Week recipient and was the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week once.

Mapp earns his second All-Big South honor after being a second team selection last season. The junior ranks third on the CCU all-time list for receptions (138) and receiving yards (1,895) while ranking fourth in career touchdown receptions (13). This season, Mapp ranked second in the Big South in receiving yards (649), second in receptions (47) and second in receiving touchdowns (6).

Ekwonike and Larrieux both earn their first All-Big south honor. Ekwonike has started 25 straight contests at right guard and was team’s top-graded offensive lineman (solo or tied) five times. He graded out at 90 percent or better seven times, only allowed one sack in 632 snaps and tallied 26 knock-down blocks. Ekwonike additionally helped Coastal rank among the FCS top 25 in eight categories.

Larrieux was a preseason All-Big South selection, moving from right tackle to left tackle this season and replacing All-American Chad Hamilton. Larrieux was the team’s top-graded offensive lineman (solo or tied) three times but graded out at least 90 percent seven times. He played an offensive line-high 683 snaps and was only called for one penalty all season while helping Coastal Carolina lead the Big South in scoring and first downs for second straight season.

Bothwell was the league’s Defensive Player of the Week twice and the team’s defensive MVP six times this season. The junior led all Big South defensive linemen with 64 tackles, which ranked second-best on the team. In league games only, his 49 tackles ranked fourth among all players. Bothwell only had 15 tackles in the first five games this season, but tallied a team-best 49 over the final six contests.

Granger was named first team All-Big South after being the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week twice and the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week once. The junior set a CCU record by making 10 consecutive field goals during a stretch this season, including a game-winning 30-yarder at time expired at Monmouth.  He leads the Big South in field goals made per game (1.36; 10th in the FCS), field goal percentage (.789; 18th in the FCS) and scoring by kicking (7.1 ppg). Overall, he ranks second in the league (and 27th nationally) to teammate Henderson in scoring 7.6 points per game. His overall scoring was bolstered when he scored a rushing TD on a fake field goal versus Presbyterian. Granger is 33-for-33 this season on extra points – and 41-for-41 for his career, while making 15-of-19 field goals this season.

Jones joins Niccolo Mastromatteo (WR and PR) and Greg Williamson (Return Specialist and DB) as the only Chanticleers to earn All-Big South honors at two positions in the same year. Jones broke Mastromatteo’s CCU single-season record for punt return yards with 254, which was the most by  aBig South player this season. Jones ranks 15th in the FCS in punt returns (11.5 avg.) and 18th in the FCS in yards per reception (17.9 avg.). Jones came on strong, filling in for an injured John Israel (2014 All-Big South selection). Over the last four games, Jones leads the team with 19 receptions for 378 yards and three touchdowns. In each of the last two games of the season, Jones established season highs as he grabbed six passes for 131 yards versus Kennesaw State then caught six passes for 168 yards at Liberty. he had an 81-yard reception at Liberty, the longest by a Big South player this season and the second-longest pass play in CCU history, while his 168 receiving  yards were the most by a Big South player this season and third on the CCU single-season list.

Tidwell, who had never played a snap of organized football until this season, started all 11 games at left tackle. The junior was team’s top-graded offensive lineman (solo or tied) five times and graded out at least 89 percent in nine of the 11 games. He was second on the offensive line by playing 675 snaps and was only called for one penalty, had 21 knock-down blocks, helped Ross rank eighth in the FCS in completion percentage and Henderson rank among FCS top 10 in both rushing and scoring.

Holder, a first team selection last season, ranks seventh in the league with 11.0 tackles for loss and sixth (tied) with 4.5 sacks. The senior ranks eighth on the Big South all-time list for sacks and third on CCU career list with 14.0. Holder additionally ranks fourth on CCU all-time list with 29.0 tackles for loss.

Hollenhorst was selected second team All-Big South for the third straight season, despite missing three-plus games with an injury. He joins Adrain Grady (four times; once first team) and Philip Oboh (three times, twice first team) as the only Chanticleer defensive linemen to earn All-Big South at least three times. Hollenhorst tallied seven tackles in Western Illinois game prior to leaving with his injury. He then had five tackles in his return from injury at Monmouth and followed that with a seven-tackle performance at Charleston Southern before closing the season with four stops, including 1.5 TFL, in the finale at Liberty.

Scearce, a former safety turned linebacker, was named second team All-Big South after leading the Chanticleers with 70 tackles on the season. He led the team in tackles five times, including a career-high 10-tackle performance in the win at Monmouth and posting nine at Furman in the opener and nine at Liberty in the finale.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

OFFENSE                                                                                               

QB       Alex Ross, Sr., Coastal Carolina

RB       De’Angelo Henderson, Jr., Coastal Carolina

RB       Darrell Bridges, Soph., Presbyterian

WR      Darrin Peterson, Sr., Liberty

WR      Bruce Mapp, Jr., Coastal Carolina

WR      Darren Ambush, Jr., Monmouth

TE        Mike Estes, Jr., Gardner-Webb

OL       Jonathan Burgess, Sr., Liberty

OL       Erik Austell, Jr., Charleston Southern

OL       Max Sommer, Sr., Liberty

OL       Sam Ekwonike, Jr., Coastal Carolina

OL       Voghens Larrieux, Jr., Coastal Carolina

DEFENSE

DL       Chima Uzowihe, Sr., Liberty

DL       O.J. Mau, Sr., Gardner-Webb

DL       Anthony Ellis, Soph., Charleston Southern

DL       Jabarai Bothwell, Jr., Coastal Carolina

LB        Chad Geter, Jr., Gardner-Webb

LB        Aaron Brown, Sr., Charleston Southern

LB        Donelle Williams, Sr., Presbyterian College

LB        Solomon Brown, Fr., Charleston Southern

DB       Mike Basile, Soph., Monmouth

DB       Ed Britt, Sr., Presbyterian College

DB       Malcolm Jackson, Sr., Charleston Southern

DB       Taylor Henkle, Fr., Kennesaw State

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK       Ryan Granger, Jr., Coastal Carolina

P          Stephen Doar, Sr., Presbyterian

LS        Joseph Smith, Jr., Charleston Southern

KR       Devin Brown, Jr., Coastal Carolina

PR       Darius Hammond, Jr., Charleston Southern

SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

OFFENSE                                                                                               

QB       Josh Woodrum, Sr., Liberty (tie)

QB       Austin Brown, Sr., Charleston Southern (tie)

RB       Lavon Chaney, Jr., Monmouth

RB       Darius Hammond, Jr., Charleston Southern

WR      Nathan Perera, Sr., Charleston Southern

WR      Chris Jones, Soph., Coastal Carolina

WR      Zac Parker, Jr., Liberty

TE        Hakeem Valles, Sr., Monmouth

OL       Jackson Williamson, Jr., Charleston Southern

OL       Benny Timmons, Sr., Charleston Southern

OL       Alex Thompson, Soph., Monmouth

OL       Chase Tidwell, Jr., Coastal Carolina

OL       Malik Letatau, Jr., Kennesaw State

DEFENSE

DL       Roderick Holder, Sr., Coastal Carolina

DL       Ugonna Akoh, Jr., Presbyterian

DL       Jebrai Regan, Sr., Gardner-Webb

DL       Calvin Hollenhorst, Sr., Coastal Carolina

LB        Alex Scearce, Jr., Coastal Carolina

LB        Nick Newman, Jr., Liberty

LB        Payton Minnich, Jr., Monmouth

LB        Aaron Cook, Jr., Gardner-Webb

DB       Troy McGowens, Jr., Charleston Southern

DB       Derrick Farrow, Jr., Kennesaw State

DB       Chris Turner, Fr., Liberty

DB       Joe Johnson, Sr., Monmouth

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK       John Lunsford, Jr., Liberty

P          Trey Turner, R-Soph., Liberty

LS        Hunter Winstead, R-Soph., Liberty

PR       Chris Jones, Soph., Coastal Carolina

ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Aaron Brown, Sr., LB, Charleston Southern

Alex Ross, Gr., QB, Coastal Carolina

James Needham, Jr., LS, Gardner-Webb

Prentice Stone, Sr., WR, Kennesaw State

Trey Turner, Soph., P, Liberty

Joe Johnson, Sr., DB, Monmouth

Ugonna Akoh, Jr., DE, Presbyterian College

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

De’Angelo Henderson, RB, Jr., Coastal Carolina

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chima Uzowihe, DE, Sr., Liberty

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Devin Brown, KR, Jr., Coastal Carolina

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Solomon Brown, LB, Fr., Charleston Southern

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jamey Chadwell, Charleston Southern

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