By Daniel Whitehead
FERRUM, Va.—A program-best seven members of the Southern Virginia University football team were named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors College Division Football All-State Team as announced by the organization Tuesday morning in Ferrum, Va.
After helping the team to a program-best 8-2 season in 2013, Knights Andy Jones, Dee Sanford, Jake Behan and Tyler Condiff were honored to the second team offense while Keaton Epps, Sam Mellor and Matthew Gregory were named to the second team defense.
The previous best total came from the 2012 season in which four Knights, Dylan Hall, Luke Herndon, Jeff Waldron and Cameron Williams, were named to the team.
"It is an honor for such hard-working individuals from our team to be named to this list," said Southern Virginia head coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "This group and this team is deserving of every postseason honor that comes our way. They came to work every day at practice to become better football players and as a coaching staff we are proud of what they brought to our team."
Sophomore quarterback Andy Jones had 13 passing touchdowns this season and eight rushing touchdowns. Named to the All-USCAA first team, the Salt Lake City, Utah, native achieved several single season top-five marks in program history, including third in total offense yards (1,588), third in rushing touchdowns (8) and second in touchdowns responsible for with 21. He had 196 net rushing yards and 1,392 passing yards on the season.
Wide receiver Dee Sanford earned 62 points for the team this season on nine receiving touchdowns, a punt return touchdown and a two-point conversion. The Hattiesburg, Miss., native logged 672 receiving yards and was also a key component of the special teams unit, registering 17 punt returns for a program-best 214 yards for the season. Having scored two receiving touchdowns in three separate games, his nine for the year ranks second-most in program history for a single season.
Sophomore left tackle Jake Behan played and started all 10 games for the Knights this season and served the role of protecting Jones' backside throughout the season in addition to opening holes for the running backs. Over the past two seasons, the Carterville, Ill., native has helped the team to 13 wins having started all 21 games and was named to both the 2013 All-USCAA first team and the USCAA All-Academic team.
Senior center Tyler Condiff started all 10 games this season and was a part of 18 wins throughout his career at Southern Virginia. A 2013 All-USCAA first team recipient, the Spring, Texas, native is a four-year starter on the offensive line and helped this year's team to six straight wins, the longest streak in program history.
In his first year at Southern Virginia, junior Keaton Epps started all 10 games this season and had 26 solo tackles and 21 tackle assists in 2013, including 5 sacks. The Wake Forest, N.C., native forced two fumbles and achieved five pass breakups. In addition to being named to the 2013 All-USCAA first team, he earned a spot on the USCAA All-Academic team as well as CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Sophomore defensive tackle Sam Mellor started all 10 games this season and earned 22 solo tackles, 14 assisted tackles and 7.5 sacks on the year, second-most in program history for a single season. The Colfax, Wash., native had one fumble recovery and one safety this season as well as 80 yards resulting from tackles for loss, the most in program history for one season.
Junior safety Matthew Gregory had 35 solo tackles and 19 assisted tackles in 2013 in addition to one fumble recovery, four interceptions and five pass breakups. A 2013 All-USCAA first team recipient, the Staunton, Va., native earned 67 yards off of interceptions on the year, second-most in school history for a single season. He earned two picks apiece in Southern Virginia wins over Apprentice and Alfred State.
VaSID names 27 all-state teams in 15 sports each year, as well as an Academic All-State squad and an All-Sports champion in both the University and College Divisions. Membership in VaSID is open to all media relations professionals working at a university or conference in the state of Virginia.
2013 VaSID College Division Football All-State Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Will McGhee, Randolph-Macon
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyler Ikwild, Hampden-Sydney
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Marshall Hollerith, Washington & Lee
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Willie Bailey, Virginia Union
Co-Coaches of the Year: Marty Favret, Hampden-Sydney; Latrell Scott, Virginia State
First Team Offense
QB: Nash Nance, Hampden-Sydney
RB: Will McGhee, Randolph-Macon
RB: Jordan Anderson, Virginia State
WR: Holton Walker, Hampden-Sydney
WR: James Long, Virginia-Wise
TE: Cody Peters, Apprentice
OL: Will Ferrell , Hampden-Sydney
OL: Connor Hollenbeck, Washington & Lee
OL: Bobby Jones, Washington & Lee
OL: Nate Turner, Randolph-Macon
OL: Tim Anderson, Apprentice
First Team Defense
DL: Tom Solak, Randolph-Macon
DL: Scott Markland, Hampden-Sydney
DL: Shaq Thomas, Hampden-Sydney
DL: Shaun Copening, Christopher Newport
LB: Tyler Ikwild, Hampden-Sydney
LB: Evan Moog, Christopher Newport
LB: Brock Bullock, Apprentice
LB: Andrew Palmer, Bridgewater
CB: Cameron Barlow, Christopher Newport
CB: Zach Morgan, Hampden-Sydney
S: John Moore, Hampden-Sydney
S: Marlon Lane, Apprentice
First Team Special Teams
PK: Chandler DeHaven, Bridgewater
P: Tracy Murden, Randolph-Macon
RS: James Long, Virginia-Wise
Second Team Offense
QB: Andy Jones, Southern Virginia
RB: Andrew Smith, Shenandoah
RB: Marshall Hollerith, Washington & Lee
WR: Rudy Rudolph, Christopher Newport
WR: Dee Sanford, Southern Virginia
TE: Miles Green, Shenandoah
OL: David Furrow, Christopher Newport
OL: Jake Behan, Southern Virginia
OL: Tyler Condiff, Southern Virginia
OL: Cameron Romine, Christopher Newport
OL: Isaac Bowman, Emory & Henry
Second Team Defense
DL: Keaton Epps, Southern Virginia
DL: Sam Mellor, Southern Virginia
DL: Derrick Adams, Christopher Newport
DL: Allen Hayes, Christopher Newport
DL: Jake Payne, Shenandoah
LB: Byron Mitchell, Shenandoah
LB: Josh Doggett, Hampden-Sydney
LB: Marcus Mitchell, Randolph-Macon
CB: Darrick Gore, Bridgewater
CB: Willie Bailey, Virginia Union
S: Eric Long, Randolph-Macon
S: Matthew Gregory, Southern Virginia
Second Team Special Teams
PK: Mason Studer, Christopher Newport
P: Mason Studer, Christopher Newport
RS: Storm Parker, Christopher Newport