SCSU’s Joe Thomas tapped as top defensive player of year by SBN

2014-01-24T00:15:00Z 2014-01-24T00:18:49Z SCSU’s Joe Thomas tapped as top defensive player of year by SBNSpecial to The T&D The Times and Democrat
January 24, 2014 12:15 am  • 

PITTSBURGH — South Carolina State’s Joe Thomas, Andrew Carter and Alex Glover were named Thursday to the 2013 SBN Sports Black College All-American Team, with Thomas being honored as the defensive player of the year.

The American Urban Radio Networks and its partner, the Black College Football Hall of Fame, announced that the

2013 SBN All-American Team is led by seven players from Tennessee State and South Carolina State. The Tigers had four members of their championship team chosen while the Bulldogs had three players selected.

S.C. State linebacker Thomas is the 2013 SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-1, 230, senior from Blackville recorded 116 tackles, including 84 solo stops during the 2013 season. He also totaled 7.5 sacks, five pass break-ups, five quarterback hurries, one interception, one forced fumbled and one fumble recovery. He was the MEAC’s Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award.

S.C. State’s Carter is a 6-1, 240-pound junior who was a dominant force on the defensive line for the Bulldogs this season alongside teammate’s Javon Hargrave and Glover. Carter finished the season seventh in tackles for S.C. State with 47 total (32 solo), 15.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles. He also earned All-MEAC First Team honors, while leading the conference in sacks (11) and finishing fifth in the nation.

Also on the defensive front, Glover, a 6-1, 220-pound junior, recorded 9.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss. He had 41 totalt tackles in 2013, 16 of them solo.

Southern University quarterback Dray Joseph was named the 2013 SBN Sports Doug Williams Offensive Player of the Year. Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed is the 2013 SBN Sports Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year.

The 2013 SBN Sports Black College All-American Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Coach of the Year and National Championship Team will be honored at the 40th Annual BCAA Awards Reception on Feb. 28 and during the Black College Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on March 1 at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta.

The SBN Black College All-American Awards (BCAA) recognizes and celebrates the academic and athletic achievements of student athletes who play football at America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

2013 SBN All-American Team

QB Dray Joseph Southern 6-0 210 Sr. Edgard, LA

RB Isaiah Crowell Alabama State 5-11 190 Jr. Columbus,GA

RB Arnold Walker Alcorn State 5-11 225 Sr. Atlanta, GA

WR Lee Doss Southern 6-2 180 Sr. New Orleans,LA

WR Deandre Cooper Prairie View A&M 6-3 215 Sr. Houston, TX

TE A.C. Leonard Tennessee State 6-4 245 Jr. Jacksonville, FL

OL Kadeem Edwards Tennessee State 6-4 290 Sr. Sanford, FL

OL Alex Monroe Bethune-Cookman 6-5 305 Sr. Jacksonville, FL

OL Michael Sabb Winston-Salem State 6-4 295 Sr. Raleigh, NC

OL Isaac Sampson Alcorn State 6-5 367 So. Mobile, AL

OL Chris Tolbert Tuskegee 6-4 308 Sr. Birmingham, AL

PK Anthony Prevost Hampton 5-6 160 Sr. Chesterfield, VA

DL Anthony Bass Tennessee State 6-2 230 Jr. Clarksville, TN

DL Andrew Carter SC State 6-1 240 Jr. Hamlet, NC

DL Alex Glover SC State 6-1 220 Jr. Charlotte, NC

DL Robert Simpson Mississippi Valley State 6-3 267 Sr. Gulfport, MS

LB Jer-ryan Harris Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6-1 220 Sr. Memphis, TN

LB Lynden Trail Norfolk State 6-7 260 Jr. Miami, FL

LB Joe Thomas SC State 6-1 230 Sr. Blackville, SC

DB Nick Addison Bethune-Cookman 6-2 180 Jr. Tampa, FL

DB Qua Cox Jackson State 6-0 185 Sr. Tuskegee, AL

DB Dexter Moody Albany State 6-3 200 Sr. Twin City, GA

DB Daniel Fitzpatrick Tennessee State 6-2 210 Jr. Fort Wayne, IN

P Bobby Wenzig Alabama State 6-2 180 Sr. San Diego, CA

RS Adrian Wilkins NC Central 5-8 170 So. Forest City, NC

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