January 29, 2013

Four Knights Earn VaSID All-State Honors

Written by Sean Dahlin

FERRUM, Va.—Four members of the Southern Virginia University football team—Dylan Hall, Luke Herndon, Jeff Waldron and Cameron Williams—today were selected to the 2012 VaSID College Division All-State College Football Team as voted and named by the Virginia Sports Information Directors. 

Senior defensive lineman Hall (Redding, Calif.) and tight end Waldron (Costa Mesa, Calif.) headlined the Southern Virginia selections earning VaSID All-State First Team honors along with being named All-State by the Roanoke Times earlier in the month. 

In addition to Hall and Waldron, co-captain defensive lineman Herndon (Mechanicsville, Va.)—also a 2012 Roanoke Times All-State Second Team selection—and senior wide receiver C. Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) were both honored to the 2012 VaSID All-State Second Team.   

"To have four seniors in Dylan, Luke, Jake and Cameron selected to the All-State team is great recognition for them and for our program," said four-year Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "They're all worthy of the nomination and are great examples for Southern Virginia football." 

Hall—who was USCAA Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions in 2012—set program records with 10.5 sacks this season and 14.5 career sacks while also finishing with 14 tackles-for-loss, ranking him second for a single-season in program history. He also holds the single-season blocks record after blocking five kicks this season. 

"Dylan had an outstanding season for us and took advantage of every opportunity given to him," said Fitzgerald.  

2012 USCAA Academic All-American and Knights co-captain Waldron finished second on the squad with 29 catches for 409 yards and two touchdowns. Waldron ranks eighth on the program's career receiving yards (714) and pass receptions (49) record books as well. 

"Jeff is one of the best tight ends we've had in our ten years as a program," said Fitzgerald.  

Four-year letter winner Herndon holds the program's career blocked kicks record (6) and ranks third on Southern Virginia's career sacks list with 10.5 quarterback takedowns. He finished his senior campaign with 53 tackles (23 solo, 30 assisted), 9.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks, while also blocking three kicks and recovering three fumbles. 

"Luke is our model football scholar-athlete in the way he had four outstanding seasons on-the-field and was a leader each of those years," said Fitzgerald. 

C. Williams has served as a deep threat for the Knights leading the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns caught in his two seasons. This year, he recorded 37 grabs for 474 yards and six touchdowns. 

C. Williams—named offensive MVP in the D2 vs. NAIA Senior Bowl—ranks fourth in program history in career receiving yards (980) and receptions (72). 

"Cameron made a lot of big plays for us this season and was a big part of our offense," said Fitzgerald.

Football's four 2012 VaSID All-State nominees are the most in program history since 2007 when Tyler Card, McKay Dunn, Ricky Kailiponi, Shea Owens and Hayes Page were VaSID All-State selections.