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Three Buccaneers Named to OTC All-State Team
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern had three players named to the Orangeburg Touchdown Club’s all-state team, it was announced at a banquet Monday night.
Junior wide-out Gerald Stevenson and senior offensive lineman J.W. Myers were named to the first-team offense, while senior linebacker Andrew McKain earned a spot on the first-team defense.
The team consists of players from the South Carolina’s FCS and Division II programs, but the club will recognize the top rookie from South Carolina and Clemson at the same banquet. USC defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was the guest speaker at this year’s banquet.
A full listing and bio for the all-state team can be found below.
2009 Orangeburg Touchdown Club All-State First-Team
Malcolm Long, Junior, 6-3, 250 (South Carolina State)
In just his second season as a starter, the former ‘Mr. South Carolina Football’ out of Gaffney continued to rewrite the school record book for passing in leading the Bulldogs to a second straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship. This past season, Long became the first quarterback in school history to throw for over 2,000 yards in a season (2,503), broke the single-season record for completions (208) and touchdowns (20), tied the mark for most touchdowns in a game (4) and owns the career record for completions (393) and completion percentage (.540).
Will Ford, Senior, 5-11, 190 (South Carolina State)
The Walter Payton Award finalist (he finished eight in the voting) and Sheridan Broadcasting Network All-American capped his Bulldog career in historic fashion by becoming both the school and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s all-time leading rusher with 4,672 yards. Despite defenses specifically targeting the Travelers Rest native, Ford rushed for 1,032 yards and eight touchdowns in earning All-MEAC first-team honors for the second straight year.
Andre Roberts, Senior, 5-11, 190 (The Citadel)
A first-team All-Southern Conference selection, a Sports Network third-team All-American and Under Armour All-Star Game participant, the Columbia native had 77 catches for 792 yards and eight touchdowns and was ranked sixth in punt returns with 217 yards. He leaves The Citadel as the school’s all-time leader in single-game receptions (14), single-game punt returns (8), single-season receptions (95), single-season receiving yards (1,334), single-season punt return yards (461), career catches (285), career receiving yards (3,743) and career punt return yardage (1,160). He is also second all-time in Southern Conference history in career catches (285), career passing yards (3,743) and fourth in punt return yards (1,160).
Oliver ‘Tre’ Young, Senior, 6-0, 180 (South Carolina State)
The former quarterback out of Burke High School in Charleston emerged as a deep threat at wideout and a dangerous kick returner for the Bulldogs. A first-team All-MEAC selection and SBN All-American, Young scored nine touchdowns on 65 catches for 995 yards to set a single-season school record for receiving yards. He also broke Charlie Brown’s school record for career receiving yards (2,156) and Tavarus Morgan’s mark for career receptions (135). In addition, Young averaged 26.1 yards on kick returns, including an 86-yard touchdown against Bethune-Cookman.
Adam Mims, Junior, 5-9, 198 (Furman)
In just three seasons, the Birmingham, Ala. native is already the Paladins’ all-time receptions leader with 143. For the second straight year, he was named a second-team All-Southern Conference receiver by the media with a school record 74 catches for 878 yards and four touchdowns.
Gerald Stevenson, Junior, 5-10, 165 (Charleston Southern)
The Naples, Fla. native was the lone Buccaneer to earn first-team All-Big South honors. Stevenson finished 22nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 132.0 yards per game and was second in the Big South averaging seven yards per play, second in receiving yards (724), receiving yards per game (65.8), and yards per rush (7.0). Stevenson finished third in the Big South Offensive Player of the Year voting.
Alex Sellers, Junior, 6-5, 245 (The Citadel)
A first-team All-Southern Conference selection by the league media and second-team choice by the coaches, the Greenwood native had almost as many touchdowns as catches earlier in the season. He finished the year with 16 receptions for 159 yards and six touchdowns.
Pat Illig, Junior, 6-5, 330 (Wofford)
The Pittsburgh, Penn. native has started in 23 consecutive games at left guard the past two seasons for the Terriers and has amassed 215 knockdowns in earning All-Southern Conference first-team honors. Illig spearheaded an offensive line which allowed the sixth-fewest sacks in the nation (9).
J.W. Myers, Senior, 6-4, 299 (Charleston Southern)
A second-team All-Big South selection, the Jacksonville, Fla. native started every game at right tackle. He was a key component to a line that finished tied for sixth nationally in sacks allowed, giving up just nine sacks all season. In six games, CSU did not allow a sack, including games against Florida, South Florida, and Big South co-champions Liberty and Stony Brook. The line also helped CSU rush to its second-highest total in school history.
Daniel DeHaven, Redshirt Senior, 6-5, 290 (The Citadel)
The Charleston native anchored an offensive line which helped the Bulldogs average 375 yards per game and sparked victories over Southern Conference champion Appalachian State, in-state rival Furman and a come-from behind victory against Samford, each with three different quarterbacks.
Johnny Culbreath, Junior, 6-5, 290 (S.C. State)
In three seasons, the Monroe, Ga. native has started in 31 of 34 games at tackle and became the fourth consecutive Bulldog to win MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. The SBN All-American was also named a second-team Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-American and received the Cato W. Adams Trophy, presented annually by the Washington Pigskin Club to the MEAC player designated as its Player of the Year.
Matt Holmes, Junior, 6-2, 300 (Newberry)
The Johnston native, who won a Class 3-A title at Strom Thurmond, was a first team all-South Atlantic Conference honoree after earning second team all-SAC honors as a sophomore. He has started 20 consecutive games at center for Newberry and graded out at 90 percent for the season. He had 55 pancake blocks in 10 games and allowed no sacks.
Blake Erickson, Sophomore, 5-10, 165 (S.C. State)
One of four Bulldog players to set single-season school records this season, the Pensacala, Fla. native had 14 field goals and was 45-46 in extra points to earn first-team All-MEAC and SBN All-American honors.
Pat Riley, Redshirt Junior, 6-0, 180 (Benedict)
The Attapulgus, Ga. native spearheaded at quarterback the Tigers to wins in nine of their last 10 games to post their most successful season since reinstating the football program in 1995. He was 41-98 passing for 887 yards and eight touchdowns, ranking second in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in passing efficiency, and had 162 carries for 1,078 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Andre Bernardi, Senior, 6-3, 265 (North Greenville)
The first Crusader in school history to be recognized as a NCAA Division II All-American, the Marietta, Ga., native led his team with 54 tackles, 20.5 for loss and 13.5 sacks. He was a first-team Division II-All Independent selection and was among the top Division II players selected to play in the Valero Cactus Bowl on Jan. 8.
Phillip Oboh, Senior, 6-2, 245 (Coastal Carolina)
The Big South’s all-time sack leader with 17.0, the Greensboro, N.C. native led the conference in sacks (6.5), was fifth in tackles for loss (nine) and ranked second among defensive linemen in tackles (55). This past season, he was named to the All-Big South team for the third time.
Terrence Reese, Senior, 6-0, 265 (The Citadel)
A native of North, Reese earned a second consecutive All-Big South nomination from the coaches after finishing second on the team in tackles for a loss with 11 for 33 yards. He also recorded three sacks for a loss of 15 yards, while totaling 45 tackles on the season.
Kadarron Anderson, Sophomore, 6-1, 235 (Furman)
The Greenwood native became the 12th Paladin All-America linebacker in school history when he was named to The Sports Network third team. He ranked second in the Southern Conference with 123 tackles to earn first-team All-SoCon honors.
David Erby, Senior, 6-0, 215 (S.C. State)
Two years removed from ACL surgery, the Rock Hill native played at full speed the entire season for the Bulldogs. He tied for the team leader in tackles (82), was tied for third in sacks (four) and led in forced fumbles (three) in earning All-MEAC first-team honors and SBN All-America honors.
Michael Thompson, Senior, 6-0, 220 (Benedict)
The Springfield, Ohio native was an All-SIAC first-team selection after leading the Tigers with 97 tackles, 17 for losses, six sacks and three forced fumbles.
Andrew McKain, Senior, 6-1, 225 lbs. (Charleston Southern)
A transfer from the Air Force Academy, where he played under Fisher DeBerry, the Tucker, Ga. native led the Buccaneers in tackles (79) for the second straight year. He was third in the Big South in tackles among linebackers and fourth overall and was also named a first-team All-Big South long snapper.
Ron Parker, Junior, 6-1, 210 (Newberry)
The 2009 South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, the St. Helena’s Island native was second in the conference with 8.3 tackles per game and also led the league with six interceptions. He had a game-winning 57-yard interception return for a touchdown and forced two fumbles in becoming the third Newberry player named the SAC Defensive Player of the Year and second in a row.
Josh Norman, Sophomore, 6-2, 190 (Coastal Carolina)
The Greenwood native shattered the Big South record for interceptions in a season with eight, including a league record-tying three against Stony Brook to earn National Defensive Player of the Week honors. Norman also led the Big South with 15 pass breakups to earn All-Conference first-team and Associated Press third-team All-America honors.
Phillip Adams, Senior, 6-1, 190 (S.C. State)
The Rock Hill native and first-team All-MEAC selection was a dual threat as a defender and scorer. He not only had 41 tackles and three interceptions, all three picks were returned for touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
Justin Bethel, Sophomore, 6-0, 185 (Presbyterian)
The lone Blue Hose selected on this year’s team, the Blythewood native Started all 11 games to earn second-team All-Big South accolades. He led the team in tackles (79), had 4.5 sacks and blocked three kicks.
Chris Tommie, Senior, 6-0, 195 (Wofford)
After missing all of last season, the Greenwood native led the Southern Conference in punting with a school-record 43.8 yards per kick average. The first-team All-SoCon selection also had four punts of over 50 yards and three that were inside the 20.