Six football players garner All Mid-South Conference Accolades
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Six football players garner All Mid-South Conference Accolades
Offensive lineman Sam Michael garners First Team All Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division. (Credit: Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University’s Sam Michael was voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division and Jace Capps, Kendall Johnson, Aaron White, Tony Bennett and Tyler Tate earned Second Team honors, as released Wednesday by the league office.

Michael anchored the offensive line that helped Cumberland average 185.6 yards per game rushing, 25th nationally among NAIA schools. Michael and the CU offensive line also 14 sacks all season ranking them 21st.

Johnson rushed for 294 yards on 35 carries with two touchdowns while catching 19 passes for 177 yards. The Nashville, Tenn., native rushed for a season-high 95 yards on three attempts at Georgetown including a 82 yard touchdown rush. He added 44 yards and a touchdown at Lindsey Wilson. 

Capps led the team in sacks this season with 10.5. He ranked 4th nationally in sacks per game with 1.2 sacks/game. The Norcross, Ga., native registered three sacks against top-10 Lindsey Wilson and 2.5 against Georgetown as well as 2.0 sacks at St. Andrews.

White registered 41 tackles with 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks in 10 outings. The Nashville, Tenn., native collected 3.5 tackles for a loss and 2.0 sacks at St. Andrews and eight total stops against Keiser University, adding another five tackles at Cincinnati Christian.

Tate led the Phoenix with 74 tackles this year, posting 4.0 tackles for loss with one interception. The Whitwell, Tenn., native  tallied 10 or more stops in three games this season – at St. Andrews, at Lindsey Wilson College and versus University of Pikeville.

Bennett picked up 34 tackles on the year, but he was a force in the CU secondary with two interceptions and five pass breakups. He had a huge interception in the endzone to seal the victory against Cincinnati Christian as well as a pick six versus Bethel.

Cumberland had 21 football athletes Academic All Mid-South Conference honors.

Justin Brown, Morgan Cates, Greg Davis, Brenden Dickens, Helman Garcia, Ian Hafner, Jordan Higgins, Cole Hill, Champ Leddon, Cameron Marshall, Josh Mathis, Will Romero, Ian Spence, Mitchell Stembridge, Brandyn Stewart, Brady Stokes, Tyler Tate, Brandon Taylor, Jimmy Turner, Aaron White, Jeremy Williams and Kaleb Witherspoon all have displayed academic excellence over the course of their career. In order to be eligible to receive the award a student-athlete must maintain a 3.25 GPA and have at least sophomore academic status.

2019 First Team All Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division:

Position

Player

School

OL

Matthew Castner

Cumberlands (Ky.)

OL

Lou Bunning

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

OL

Jalen Stone

Pikeville (Ky.)

OL

Sam Michael

Cumberland (Tenn.)

OL

Eli Cross

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

TE

Alexander Shelton

Pikeville (Ky.)

WR

Kendon Young

Campbellsville (Ky.)

WR

Darius Young

Cumberlands (Ky.)

WR

JJ Ogbogu

Georgetown (Ky.)

All Purpose

Jay Gaudlock

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

QB

Cameron Dukes

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

RB

Jaylen Boyd

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

RB

Martize Smith

Cumberlands (Ky.)

K

Jared Dougherty

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

DL

Landon Corolla

Georgetown (Ky.)

DL

Kumi Sarpong

Cumberlands (Ky.)

DL

C.J. Dickerson

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

DL

Jeremy Johnson

Bethel (Tenn.)

LB

Tyler Pendleton

Cumberlands (Ky.)

LB

Luke Bowman

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

LB

Jakobe Griffin

Bethel (Tenn.)

LB

Darius Moore

Campbellsville (Ky.)

DB

James Todd

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

DB

Starr Thompson

Georgetown (Ky.)

DB

Taeron Brown

Pikeville (Ky.)

DB

Keshawn Catlett

Cumberlands (Ky.)

Return Specialist

J'Kobi Reddick

Bethel (Tenn.)

P

Jared Dougherty

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

  

2019 Second Team All Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division:

Position

Player

School

OL

Jackson Norton

Cumberlands (Ky.)

OL

Logan Stephens

Cumberlands (Ky.)

OL

David Sandlin

Thomas More (Ky.)

OL

Trace Pierce

Bethel (Tenn.)

OL

Sam Dingle

Georgetown (Ky.)

TE

Shawn Gilliam

Georgetown (Ky.)

WR

Josh Lewis

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

WR

Da'Marco Canty

Thomas More (Ky.)

WR

Jake Johnson

Georgetown (Ky.)

All Purpose

Caleb Nelson

Bethel (Tenn.)

All Purpose

Kendall Johnson

Cumberland (Tenn.)

QB

Justin Post

Thomas More (Ky.)

RB

Derius Gibson

Pikeville (Ky.)

RB

De'Ontay Tate

Bethel (Tenn.)

K

Tyler Dummer

Georgetown (Ky.)

DL

Jace Capps

Cumberland (Tenn.)

DL

Josh Ervin

Pikeville (Ky.)

DL

Damani Jenkins

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

DL

Aaron White

Cumberland (Tenn.)

DL

Jacob Stiens

Thomas More (Ky.)

LB

Jeremy Beaulieu

Bethel (Tenn.)

LB

Peyton Van Horn

Thomas More (Ky.)

LB

Tyler Tate

Cumberland (Tenn.)

LB

Stevie Miller

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

DB

Marcus McCants

Campbellsville (Ky.)

DB

Mark Pruitt

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

DB

Devious Christmon

Bethel (Tenn.)

DB

Tony Bennett

Cumberland (Tenn.)

Return Specialist

Da'Marco Canty

Thomas More (Ky.)

P

Noah Bicksler

Campbellsville (Ky.)