BATON ROUGE – Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett, who led his team to the FCS quarterfinals, earned two of the top honors awarded in the annual Christmas Day selection of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana College Football Team.
Bennett earned both Offensive Player of the Year in Louisiana along with the Newcomer award for first-year in Louisiana non-freshman players. His coach, Ron Roberts, was also named the Coach of the Year for the Lions 2013 performance.
Defensive Back Lorenzo Doss of Tulane, who participated in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire, of three-time New Orleans bowl winner Louisiana- Lafayette, took Freshman of the Year honors.
The team was selected based on original nominations from the media relations personnel at the football playing schools in the state of Louisiana. A committee of LSWA members voted for both first and second team selections. Media members could vote for anyone on the ballot while sports information voters could not vote for their own players and had to complete a ballot for their players to be eligible under LSWA rules.
Bennett, the SLC Player of the Year, in his first season with the Lions led Southeastern to the conference championship and to a second-round win in the FCS playoffs. Bennett completed 190 passes for 2,896 yards and 20 touchdowns, completing 61.7 percent of passes. Bennett could also run the football, rushing 171 times for just over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. He finished in the top 10 in the voting for the Walter Payton Award.
On the defensive side, Doss at his cornerback position posted 32 total tackles with seven interceptions and nine pass breakups. The second team Walter Camp All-American ranked second nationally in interceptions while sitting third in pass breakups. Two of his seven interceptions were returned for touchdowns. He was also selected first team All-Conference-USA with 23 of his 32 total tackles solo efforts.
In earning freshman honors both in Louisiana and the Sun Belt, McGuire ranked fifth nationally among freshman, rushing 92 times for 818 yards and seven touchdowns while leading the nation with an 8.9 rushing average. He was the first player in Louisiana-Lafayette history to rush for 100 yards and catch passes for 100 yards in the same game (at Georgia State, 125 passing, 107 rushing).
Coach Roberts led his team to 10 wins and a 7-0 Southland Conference record and adds Louisiana Coach of the Year honors to SLC, AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year honors. In just his second season in Hammond, Roberts led the Lions to it’s first-ever SLC title and first-ever FCS playoff berth. He was also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award and the Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year honor.
Joining Bennett on the All-Louisiana first-team offense are offensive linemen Arinze Agada and Antoine Everett of McNeese State, Josh Allen of ULM, La'el Collins of LSU and Andre Huval of Louisiana-Lafayette. The first-team tight end is Nic Jacobs of McNeese State while the LSU pair of Odell Beckham, Jr., and Jarvis Landry were chosen first-team wide receivers. The first team running backs were Jeremy Hill of LSU and Marcus Wiltz of McNeese. Beckham also earned first-team selection as return specialist.
Along with Doss on the defensive side were linemen Anthony Johnson of LSU, Everett Ellefsen of McNeese, IK Enemkpali of Louisiana Tech and Julius Warmsley of Tulane. Chosen as first-team linebackers were Justin Anderson of Louisiana-Lafayette, Lamin Barrow of LSU and Cqulin Hubert of Southeastern. The other three defensive backs are Harlan Miller of Southeastern, Guy Morgan of McNeese and Isaiah Newsome of ULM.
The remaining specialists were kicker Cairo Santos of Tulane and punter Justin Manton of ULM.
In all, seven teams had representatives on the first team – McNeese, ULM, LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern, Louisiana Tech and Tulane. Southern, Louisiana College and Northwestern State had players on the second team.
All-LOUISIANA LSWA COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
OL/Arinze Agada, McNeese State/Sr./Houston, Texas/SLC Offensive Lineman of Year; 3rd Team A-A
OL/Josh Allen, ULM/Sr./Cedar Hill, Texas/First team All-SBC, Started all 12 games at center
OL/La'el Collins, LSU/Jr./Baton Rouge, La./Second Team All-SEC, 56 knockdowns
OL/Andre Huval, Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Scott, La./First Team All-SBC, started 38 straight games at center
OL/Antoine Everett, McNeese State/Jr./Richmond, Texas/First Team All-SLC, left tackle
TE/Nic Jacobs, McNeese State/Jr./Many, La./First Team All-SLC, 32 catches, 4 TDs
WR/Odell Beckham Jr., LSU/Jr./New Orleans, La./Hornung Winner, 1st Team A-A, 57 rec., 1,117 yards, 8 TDs
WR/Jarvis Landry, LSU/Jr./Convent, La./Team best 75 rec, 1,172 yards, 10 TDs; Named LSU team MVP
RB/Jeremy Hill, LSU/So./Baton Rouge, La./First Team All-SEC, 1,185 yds, 14 TDs in 11 games, 6.8 ypc
RB/Marcus Wiltz, McNeese State/Sr./Cecilia, La./First Team All-SLC, 1,287 yds, 11 TD, 1st since 2009 over 1,000
QB/Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana/Jr./Granada Hills, Calif./SLC POY, 2,896 yds, 20 TD, 61.7 pass %
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL/Anthony Johnson, LSU/Jr./New Orleans, La./Second Team All-SEC, 32 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT
DL/Everett Ellefsen, McNeese State/Jr./Madisonville, La./First Team All-SLC, 44 tackles, 7 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 INT
DL/IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech/Sr./Pflugerville, Texas/First Team C-USA, 11 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 7 QBH
DL/Julius Warmsley, Tulane/Sr./Baton Rouge, La./First Team C-USA, 42 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 4.0 Sacks, 5 QBH
LB/Justin Anderson, Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Foley, Ala./First Team All-SBC, 123 tackles, 5 games 10 or more TT
LB/Lamin Barrow, LSU/Sr./Marrero, La./Second Team All-SEC, 86 tackles, 4.5 TFL
LB/Cqulin Hubert, Southeastern Louisiana/Sr./Houston, Texas/SLC Def. POY, 77 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 1 INT
DB/Lorenzo Doss, Tulane/So./New Orleans, La./Walter Camp 2nd Team A-A, 2nd NCAA in INT (7), 9 PBU, 32 TT
DB/Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana/So./Kentwood, La./First Team All-SLC, 38 tackles, 4 INT, 10 BPU
DB/Guy Morgan, McNeese State/Sr./Baton Rouge, La./First Team All-SLC, 59 tackles, 4 INT, 1 TD, 1 sack
DB/Isaiah Newsome, ULM/Sr./Petal, Miss./48 tackles, 3 TFL, 4 int (175 return yards), 3 PBUs
FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS
RS/Odell Beckham Jr., LSU/Jr./New Orleans, La./14 PR, 141 yds, 30 KOR, 806 yds, 100 yd missed FG for TD
K/Cairo Santos, Tulane/Sr./Brasilia, Brazil/First Team All-SEC, Lou Groza Semi., 16-22 FG, Long 56, 35-35 PAT
P/Justin Manton, ULM/Jr./Prairieville, La./First Team All-SBC, 45.8 avg, 24 inside 20, 16 FC, 11 touchbacks
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Bryan Bennett, QB, Southeastern Louisiana
Voting – Bennett 19, Zach Mettenberger (LSU) 9, Dray Joseph (SU) 1
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Lorenzo Doss, DB, Tulane
Voting – Doss 14, Justin Anderson (Louisiana-Lafayette) 6, Cqulin Hubert (SLU) 5, IK Enemkpali (LT) 3, Daniel Brown (SU) 1.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Voting – McGuire 17, Tre'Davious White (LSU) 5, Xavier Woods (LT) 2, Nico Marley (TU) 2, Easton Melancon (La. College) 1, No Vote -- 2
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – Bryan Bennett, QB, Southeastern Louisiana
Voting – Bennett 23, Zach Adkins (Northwestern St.) 3, Willie Quinn (SU) 2, No vote – 1
COACH OF THE YEAR – Ron Roberts, Southeastern Louisiana
Voting – Roberts 19, Dawson Odums (SU) 5, Curtis Johnson (TU) 4, Mark Hudspeth (Louisiana-Lafayette) 1
SECOND TEAM ALL-LOUISIANA OFFENSE
OL – Hunter Feibel, Louisiana College, Sr., Shreveport, La. (First Team All-ASC); Gasten Gabriel, Southeastern, Sr., Jackson, La. (First Team All-SLC); Warren Jones, Northwestern State, Sr., Macon, Miss. (Second Team All-SLC); Marshall Paris, Southeastern, Sr, Lake Charles, La. (First Team All-SLC); Daniel Quave, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Gauthier, Miss. (Second Team All-Sun Belt); Trai Turner, LSU, So., New Orleans, La. (Second Team All-SEC).
TE – Jeremy Meyers, Southeastern, Jr., Baton Rouge, La. (HM All-SLC). WR – Lee Doss, Southern, Sr., New Orleans, La. (Bayou Classic MVP); Ryan Grant, Tulane, Sr., Beaumont, Texas (First Team All-C-USA). RB – Alonzo Harris, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Gasden, Ala. (First Team All-SBC); Ryan Montague, Louisiana College, Sr., New Orleans, La. (ASC Offensive POY); Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette, Fr., Houma, La. (SBC FOY). QB – Zach Mettenberger, LSU, Sr., Watkinsville, Ga. (3,082 yds, 22 TDs)
SECOND TEAM ALL-LOUISIANA DEFENSE
DL – Ego Ferguson, LSU, Jr. Mims, Fla. (58 TT, 3.5 TFL); Justin Hamilton, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Natchez, Miss. (Second Team All-SBC); Gerrand Johnson, ULM, So., Rayville, La. (Second Team All-SBC); Jacob Newman, Southeastern, Jr., Visalia, Calif. (Second Team All-SLC); Preston Thibeaux, Louisiana College, Jr., Breaux Bridge, La. (First Team All-SLC).
LB – Pat Black, Northwestern State, Sr, Jackson, Miss. (Second Team All-SLC); Daniel Brown, Southern, Jr., New Orleans, La. (led SU in sacks 5.5, TFL 14.0); Dominic Graham, Louisiana College, Sr., Houston, Texas (First Team All-ASC).
DB – Jordan Batiste, Tulane, So., Gramercy, La. (HM All-C-USA); Ira Jewitt, Louisiana College, Jr., Shreveport, La. (First Team All-ASC); Craig Loston, LSU, Sr., Aldine, Texas (51 tackles, 2 int.); Sam Scofield, Tulane, Jr., Lafayette, La. (94 TT, 9.5 TFL).
SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS
RS – Xavier Roberson, Southeastern, Sr., Atlanta, Ga. (First Team All-SLC); K – Seth Sebastian, Southeastern, Sr., Lafayette, La. (First Team All-SLC); P – Peter Picerelli, Tulane, So., Warren, R.I. (Ray Guy Candidate).
WR – Diontae Spencer, McNeese.