BATON ROUGE -- Kyle Williams, LSU's star defensive tackle, was voted the state's top defensive player on the 2005 All-Louisiana College Football Team announced Friday evening by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Grambling State's quarterback Bruce Eugene was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the state and Grambling's Melvin Spears was named Coach of the Year.
Tyrell Fenroy, Louisiana-Lafayette's star running back, was named the freshman of the year. The special honors were wrapped up by a member of another championship team, Joseph Tobias of Nicholls State, who won the award for newcomer of the year for those first-year non-freshman players in the state.
The team was selected based on the nominations by the sports information contacts at the football playing schools in the state and then those nominations were voted on by a panel of LSWA members.
Joining Eugene at quarterback and Fenroy on the first team offense were at offensive line: Jonathan Banks of Grambling, Aaron Lips of Louisiana Tech, Rudy Niswanger of LSU, Andrew Whitworth of LSU and Brandon Cox of Louisiana Lafayette. The first team tight end is Louisiana Monroe's Joey Trappey, while the two wide receivers are his teammate Drouzon Quillen and Grambling's Henry Tolbert. Rounding out the team was running back Joseph Addai of LSU.
Joining Williams on the defensive line were: Jason Hatcher of Grambling, Kyle Wroten of LSU and Brandon Guillory of Louisiana Monroe. The linebackers were Anthony Cannon of Tulane, Byron Santiago of Louisiana Tech and Cory Vavala of Nicholls State and the four defensive backs chosen were Laron Landry of LSU, David Pittman of Northwestern State, Chaz Williams of Louisiana Monroe and Tramon Williams of Louisiana Tech.
The specialists on the first team were: punter Joel Stelly of Louisiana Monroe, place kicker Blake Bercegeay of McNeese State and return specialist Skyler Green of LSU.
Eugene had a strong year for the Tigers as the senior from New Orleans led his Tigers to the SWAC Championship game, passing for an amazing 50 touchdowns and 3,935 yards with a best in the nation 371.4 yards per game in total offense. The SWAC Offensive Player of the Year set seven Louisiana collegiate football passing records in the course of completing 226-of-409 attempts with just six interceptions.
Kyle Williams of LSU was one of two players who shared the most votes in the position voting and easily won the voting for defensive top player. The Ruston senior started all 12 games with 60 tackles, including 7.5 for loss with 4.5 sacks and 21 quarterback hurries. The first-team All-SEC player was a second team All-American and led an LSU defense that ranked in the top 10 in the nation in four categories.
Fenrow also earned Sun Belt Freshman of the Year for his play for the Cajuns after rushing 179 times for 1,053 yards and 12 touchdowns. After gaining 58 yards in the first two combined, he took over as the Louisiana-Lafayette starter in the third game and helped the Cajuns to a season-ending five-game winning streak in becoming the first ever Louisiana-Lafayette running back to ever gain 1,000 yards. The LaPlace, La., native's 12 rushing touchdowns were the third most rushing touchdowns by a freshman in the nation.
Louisiana's newcomer, Tobias, was also the Southland Conference newcomer of the year as the junior from Tangipahoa rushed for 628 yards on just 89 carries (7.1 yards per carry) with seven touchdowns. He had the second most touchdowns on the Nicholls State team and also earned first-team All-SLC honors.
Spears won the closest vote of the ballot for Coach of the Year as the Grambling Tigers advanced to the SWAC title game. In his first season as the full-time head coach at Grambling, he was the SWAC Coach of the Year, posted an 11-1 record, including 9-0 in SWAC play. It marked the first time in school history that the team has posted an undefeated conference record.
Members of the second team offense were: Offensive Line -- Jacob Bender, Nicholls State; Brian Booth, Northwestern State; Greg Hodges, Louisiana-Lafayette; Chris McGee, Tulane; Cody Stogner, Nicholls State. Tight End -- Josh Taylor, Southeastern Louisiana. Wide Receiver -- Dwayne Bowe, LSU; Felton Huggins, Southeastern Louisiana. Running Back -- Ab Kuman, Grambling State, Broderick Cole, Nicholls State. Quarterback -- Steven Jyles, Louisiana-Monroe.
On the second team defense were: Defensive Line -- Tory Collins, Northwestern State; Melvin Oliver, LSU; Moqut Ruffins, Louisiana Tech; Joe Sykes, Southern. Linebackers -- Ali Highsmith, LSU; Barry Robertson, Louisiana Tech; Cameron Vaughn, LSU. Defensive Backs -- Duriel Adams, Southeastern Louisiana; Jermaine Mills, Grambling State; Kevin Payne, Louisiana-Monroe; Russ Washington, Northwestern State.
Second team special teams: Punter -- Chris Jackson, LSU; Placekicker -- Danny Horwedel, Louisiana Tech; Return Specialist -- Toby Ziegler, Northwestern State.
2005 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Football Team
First Team Offense
OL/Jonathan Banks/Grambling/Sr./Baton Rouge, La./1st team All-SWAC
OL/Brandon Cox/UL-Lafayette/Jr./Irving, Texas/1st team All-Sun Belt
OL/Aaron Lips/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Tickfaw, La./1st team All-WAC
OL/Rudy Niswanger/LSU/Sr./Monroe, La./Winner Draddy, Wuerffel Awards
OL/Andrew Whitworth/LSU/Sr./West Monroe, La./1st team All-SEC, Second-Team All-America
TE/Joel Trappey/UL-Monroe/Sr.,/New Iberia, La./Top 10 receiving TE in NCAA
WR/Drouzon Quillen/UL-Monroe/Jr./New Orleans, La./Team best 707 yds, 9 TDs
WR/Henry Tolbert/Grambling/Jr./Birmingham, Ala./1,207 yards, 15 TDs
RB/Joseph Addai/LSU/Sr./Houston, Texas/781 yards, 8 TDs
RB/Tyrell Fenroy/UL-Lafayette/Fr./LaPlace, La./1,053 yds, 12 TDs
QB/Bruce Eugene/Grambling/Sr./New Orleans, La./3,935 passing yds, 50 TDs
First Team Defense
DL/Brandon Guillory/UL-Monroe/Sr./New Orleans/9.5 sacks, 1st team Sun Belt
DL/Jason Hatcher/Grambling/Sr./Jena, La./19 TFL, 11 sacks (7th NCAA)
DL/Kyle Williams/LSU/Sr./Ruston, La./2nd team A-A; 21 QB hurries
DL/Claude Wroten/LSU/Sr./Bastrop, La./Led team with 9.5 TFL
LB/Anthony Cannon/Tulane/Sr./Stone Mountain, Ga./114 tackles, 60 solos
LB/Byron Santiago/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Violet, La./79 tackles, 2 FR
LB/Cory Vavala/Nicholls State/Jr./San Antonio, Texas/3 int., 77 tackles
DB/Laron Landry/LSU/Jr./Ama, La./65 tackles, 3 int., 3 team A-A
DB/David Pittman/Northwestern State/Sr./Lutcher, La./1st team 1-AA A-A; 1 int.
DB/Chaz Williams/UL-Monroe/So./Lake Charles, La./Led SBC in int with 5, 5th in nation
DB/Tramon Williams/Louisiana Tech/Sr./New Orleans, La./3 ints., 16 PBU
First Team Special Teams
P/Joel Stelly/UL-Monroe/Sr./Cecilia, La./8th in nation, 44.6 yds per punt
PK/Blake Bercegeay/McNeese/Fr./Gonzales, La./16 of 19 FGs, long 51
RS/Skyler Green/LSU/Sr./Westwego, La./SEC Special Teams POY
Offensive Player of the Year -- Bruce Eugene, Grambling State
Voting -- Bruce Eugene 12, Andrew Whitworth 3, Steven Jyles 3
Defensive Player of the Year -- Kyle Williams, LSU
Voting -- Kyle Williams 12, Anthony Cannon 4, Jason Hatcher 1, Cory Vavala 1
Freshman of the Year -- Tyrell Fenroy, Louisiana-Lafayette
Voting -- Tyrell Fenroy 14, Blake Bercegeay 2, Patrick Jackson 2
Newcomer of the Year -- Joseph Tobias, Nicholls State
Voting -- Joseph Tobias 11, Quinton Lawrence 4, Joe Sykes 2, Quintez Secka 1
Coach of the Year -- Melvin Spears, Grambling State
Voting -- Melvin Spears 6, Les Miles 4, Jay Thomas 4, Rickey Bustle 2, Dennis Roland 1, Jack Bicknell 1.
Second Team Offense
OL -- Jacob Bender, Nicholls State; Brian Booth, Northwestern State; Greg Hodges, UL-Lafayette; Chris McGee, Tulane; Cody Stogner, Nicholls State.
TE -- Josh Taylor, Southeastern Louisiana.
WR -- Dwayne Bowe, LSU; Felton Huggins, Southeastern Louisiana.
RB -- Ab Kuman, Grambling; Broderick Cole, Nicholls State.
QB -- Steven Jyles, UL-Monroe.
Second Team Defense
DL -- Tory Collins, Northwestern State; Melvin Oliver, LSU; Moqut Ruffins, Louisiana Tech; Joe Sykes, Southern.
LB -- Ali Highsmith, LSU; Barry Robertson, Louisiana Tech; Cameron Vaughn, LSU.
DB -- Duriel Adams, Southeastern Louisiana; Jermaine Mills, Grambling; Kevin Payne, ULM; Tramon Williams, Louisiana Tech.
Second Team Specialists
P -- Chris Jackson, LSU
PK -- David Horwedel, Louisiana Tech.
RS -- Toby Zeigler, Northwestern State
Offense: WR -- Skylar Green, LSU; RB -- Joseph Tobias, Nicholls State.
Defense: DL -- Eugene Kwarteng, UL-Lafayette; Michael Young, Nicholls State; LB -- Dimitri Carr, Grambling;
Specialists: P -- Chris Beckman, Tulane.