Elijah McGuire & Christian Ringo Headline All-LSWA Team
UL sophomore running back Elijah McGuire
Five members of Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun football team were named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association 2014 All-Louisiana college football first-team, announced on Thursday.
In addition, UL players picked up the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year Awards, and two more Cajuns were named to the second-team.
Meanwhile, eight LSU Tigers were named to the first-team, and two to the second-team.
For Louisiana, sophomore running back Elijah McGuire, senior offensive lineman Daniel Quave, and senior tight end end Larry Pettis were named to the first-team offense, while senior defensive tackles Christian Ringo and Justin Hamilton were tabbed to the first-team defense.
In addition, junior offensive tackle Mykhael Quave and senior punter were named to the second-team, while senior quarterback Terrance Broadway was named an honorable mention selection.
For LSU, junior offensive lineman Vadal Alexander, senior offensive lineman La'el Collins, and sophomore receiver Travin Dural were named to the first-team offense, while junior defensive tackle Danielle Hunter, junior linebacker Kwon Alexander, sophomore linebacker Kendall Beckwith, and sophomore defensive back Tre'Davious White picked up first-team defensive honors.
Also for LSU, junior punter Jamie Keehn received first-team accolades, while fresman running back Leonard Fournette and senior defensive back Ronald Martin were named to the second-team.
McGuire and Ringo captured the two top honors, being named Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, while Fournette, along with Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol captured awards for first-year players, while Grambling St. coach Broderick Fobbs was honored as Coach of the Year.
McGuire, who also won Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year honors, rushed for 1,165 yards, the fourth most rushing yards in a single season in school history, along with 14 touchdowns.
Ringo won Defensive Player of the Year honors after totaling 35 solo tackles, including 19.5 for a loss, which ranked seventh in the nation, and 10.5 sacks, which ranked 12th.
Fournette earned Freshman of the Year honors after rushing for 891 yards and eight scores. He rushed for 100 or more yards four times including a career-best 146 yards and a touchdown in the win over Texas A&M in the regular-season finale.
Sokol, a senior playing his first year at a Louisiana four-year school, earned state Newcomer of the Year honors after passing for 3,189 yards and 29 touchdowns for Louisiana Tech this past season.
Fobbs, who was also named SWAC Coach of the Year, improved Grambling from one win in 2013 to seven this past season.
On the 25-member first team, LSU had 8 representatives, Louisiana 5, Southeastern 4, Northwestern State 3, Louisiana Tech and ULM 2 each and Tulane 1. Southern, McNeese and Louisiana College had representatives on the second team, while Nicholls had a player listed as honorable mention.
The complete team is on the table below:
LSWA All-LOUISIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
OL/Vadal Alexander, LSU/Jr./Buford, Ga./Second Team All-SEC, 73 knockdowns, 2nd on team
OL/Mitchell Bell, Louisiana Tech/Sr./Houston, Texas/First Team All-C-USA, 12 games started
OL/Jonathan Braddock, Southeastern/Sr./Ripley, Miss./First Team All-SLC, Starter at RT
OL/La'el Collins, LSU/Sr./Baton Rouge, La./First Team All-SEC, Jacobs Award (top OL in SEC)
OL/Daniel Quave, Louisiana/Sr./Gautier, Miss./First Team All-SBC, 51 consecutive starts
RB/Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech/Jr./Strong, Ark./Second Team All-C-USA, Fifth in nation in scoring
RB/Elijah McGuire, Louisiana/So./Houma, La./SBC POY, 1,165 yds, 14 TDs, 1,695 All-Purpose
WR/Ed Eagan, Northwestern State/Jr./New Orleans, La./First Team All-SLC, 908 yards, 6 TDs
WR/Travin Dural, LSU/So./Breaux Bridge, La./758 yards, 7 TDs, 2nd SEC in YPC 20.5
TE/Larry Pettis, Louisiana/Sr./Oxford, Miss./All-SBC HM, 16 catches, 117 yds, 1 TD
QB/Bryan Bennett, Southeastern/Sr./Granada Hills, Calif./SLC POY, Peyton Finalist, 2,357 yds, 18 TDs
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL/Justin Hamilton, Louisiana/Sr./Natchez, Miss./First Team All-SBC, 26 TT, 9.0 TFL, 5 sacks
DL/Danielle Hunter, LSU/Jr./Katy, Texas/Led LSU with 12 TFL, 64 TT, 6 PBUs
DL/Gerrand Johnson, ULM/Jr./Rayville, La./First Team All-SBC, 93 TT, 6.0 sacks, 12.5 TFL
DL/Christian Ringo, Louisiana/Sr./Jackson, Miss./First Team All-SBC, 7th nation in TFL 19.5
LB/Kwon Alexander, LSU/Jr./Oxford, Ala./First Team All-SEC, 79 TT, 7.5 TFL
LB/Kendell Beckwith, LSU/So./Clinton, La./68 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 sacks, moved to starter mid-season
LB/Isiah Corbett, Southeastern/Sr./Belle Glade, Fla./First Team All-SLC, Finalist Buchanan Award
DB/Imoan Claiborne, Northwestern State/Sr./Alexandria, La./First Team All-SLC, 4 int., 3 FR, 7 PBU
DB/Mitch Lane, ULM/Jr./Pine Bluff, Ark./First Team All-SBC, 91 TT, 3 int, 1 TD, 4 PBU
DB/Sam Scofield, Tulane/Sr./Lafayette, La./Second team All-AAC, 94 TT, 5 TFL, 4 PBU, 3 INT
DB/Tre'Davious White, LSU/So./Shreveport, La./32 TT, 5 PBUs, 2 INTs, 1 sack
FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS
K/Ryan Adams, Southeastern/Sr./Dayton, Ohio/First Team All-SLC, 16-18 FG, 60-62 PAT, 7th FCS FG% (89)
P/Jamie Keehn, LSU/Jr./Miners Rest, Australia/Second Team All-SEC, 2nd in SEC 45.0 avg., 25 inside 20
RS/Ed Eagan, Northwestern State/Jr./New Orleans, La./Double honoree, 1,254 KR yards (1st FCS)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR --Elijah McGuire, Louisiana
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR –Christian Ringo, Louisiana
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Leonard Fournette, LSU
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – Cody Sokol, Louisiana Tech
COACH OF THE YEAR – Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
OL – Zach Brown, Southern (Sr., Missouri City, Texas); Antoine Everett, McNeese (Sr., Richmond, Texas); Pace Murphy, Northwestern State (Jr., Houston, Texas); Brandon Porche, Louisiana College (Sr., Opelousas, La.); Mykhael Quave, Louisiana (Gautier, Miss.).
RB – Leonard Fournette, LSU (Fr., New Orleans, La.); Lenard Tillery, Southern (So., Baton Rouge).
WR – Rashon Ceaser, ULM (Jr., Clinton, La.); Willie Quinn, Southern (Jr., Miami, Fla.)
TE – Alec Osborne, ULM (Jr., Geismar, La.)
QB – Cody Sokol, Louisiana Tech (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.)
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL – Leroy Armstrong, Northwestern State (Jr., Natchitoches, La.); Houston Bates, Louisiana Tech (Sr., Covington, La.); Kevin Dorn, McNeese (Sr., Pineville, La.); Royce LaFrance, Tulane (Jr., Harvey, La.); Arthur Miley, Southern (Sr., Mangham, La.).
LB -- Beau Brewer, Louisiana College (Sr., Diana, Texas); Marion Chapman, Northwestern State (Sr., Waynesboro, Miss.); Hunter Kissinger, ULM (Jr., Springdale, Ark.).
DB – Lorenzo Doss, Tulane (Jr., New Orleans, La.); Ronald Martin, LSU (Sr., White Castle, La.); Aaron Sam, McNeese (Sr., Lake Charles, La.); Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech (So., West Monroe, La.).
SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS
K – Justin Manton, ULM (Sr., Prairieville, La.).
P –Daniel Cadona, Louisiana (Sr., Toowoomba, Australia)
RS – Ira Jewitt, Louisiana College (Sr., Shreveport, La.)
OFFENSE: OL -- DeWayne Houston, Southern (Sr, Lafayette, La.). RB – Michael Henry, Nicholls (Jr., Baton Rouge, La.). WR – Devante Scott, Southeastern (Sr., Ferriday, La.); Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech (So., Shreveport, La.). QB –Terrance Broadway, Louisiana (Sr., Baton Rouge, La.). DEFENSE: DB – Harlan Miller, Southeastern (Jr., Kentwood, La.). Specialists: P – Justin Manton, ULM (Sr., Prairieville, La.). RS – Xavier Roberson, Southeastern (Jr., Atlanta, Ga.).