Press Release from the Sun Belt Conference
The Sun Belt Conference announced on Monday the 20 student-athlete attendees for the upcoming Sun Belt Football Media Day which will be conducted in New Orleans July 22-23.
Each Sun Belt institution will be represented by two student-athletes and they will be joined by their head coach.
Sun Belt Media Day begins Sunday, July 22 with the Sun Belt Fais-DoDo taking place at Mardi Gras World. Monday, July 23 will see the formal portion of Media Day begin at 8 a.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson will give his “State of the Conference” address Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.
Sun Belt Conference Football Media Day
Justin Clifton (DB, 6–0, 204, Sr., Tupelo, Miss.)
Tabbed as the best overall defensive player in the Sun Belt Conference by SB Nation in 2017 . . . Lindy’s Sports and Athlon Sports Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Among current A-State players, returns for his senior season as the team’s career leader in almost every major defensive statistical category, including tackles (179), tackles for loss (18.0), interceptions (4), pass break-ups (19) and forced fumbles (4) . . . 23 career passes defended are the most among all Sun Belt players entering the 2018 season . . . Clifton is one of just 17 NCAA FBS players this decade (2010-17) to compile career numbers featuring at least 179 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 19 pass break-ups, while he is one of just three in the nation to do so over the last three seasons (2015-17) . . . Ranked No. 9 in Lindy’s “Top 10 NFL Talent” in the Sun Belt Conference.
Justice Hansen (QB, 6-4, 218, R-Sr., Edmond, Okla.)
Enters the season with at least one touchdown pass in 17 consecutive games . . . Among active players, ranked second in the nation in career passing yards per game (267.4), sixth in total offense per game (289.6 ypg) and touchdown passes (56), eighth in passing yards (6,686), ninth in total offense (7,239 yards), 10th in pass efficiency (145.15) and 14th in completions (502) . . . Enters the season ranked second all-time at A-State in passing touchdowns and fourth in completions, passing yards and total offense . . . Lindy’s Sports, Athlon Sports Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Sporting News list of “College Football’s Top 25 Quarterbacks for 2018” . . . USA Today’s No. 2 ranked player in its “10 Best College Football Quarterbacks in Group of Five Conferences” . . . Bleacher Report’s “Best QB in the Sun Belt Conference” . . . Lindy’s No. 21 ranked quarterback in the nation and No. 3 quarterback among the Group of Five Conferences . . . Ranked No. 2 in Lindy’s “Top 10 NFL Talent” in the Sun Belt Conference, while the publication also tabbed him the “Most Accurate Passer” and “Coolest in the Clutch” in the Sun Belt.
Jalin Moore (RB, 5–11, 207, Sr., Shelby, N.C.)
Gained a Sun Belt-leading 1,037 yards and rushed for 12 touchdowns in 11 official games last season. Missed two full games (UMass, Georgia Southern) with injuries, the entire second half against Coastal Carolina and almost the entire second half (one carry) against Texas State … All-Sun Belt first team ... Officially averaged 94.3 yards per game, but taking the absences into account, essentially averaged 103.7 rushing yards for every four quarters of play … Rushed for 241 yards (with two TDs on 19 carries) against New Mexico State and 239 yards (with one TD on 32 carries) against Georgia State … MVP of the Dollar General Bowl after rushing for three touchdowns (career high) and 125 yards on 22 carries … Rushed for at least 110 yards in each of his final four games and had five games with at least 100 yards … After missing a late-October loss at UMass, came off the bench to amass 208 all-purpose yards at ULM despite being quarantined at the team hotel with a pregame illness. Rushed for 114 yards and two TDs on 21 carries while also catching two passes for 84 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown.
Myquon Stout (DL, 6–1, 286, Sr., Salisbury, N.C.)
Started all 13 games at nose tackle and was named All-Sun Belt honorable mention last season … Finished season with 41 tackles to rank third among Sun Belt interior linemen, behind only Texas State’s Jordan Mittie (52) and Idaho’s Arie Anderson (43) … Anchored the line of a defense that ranked 21st nationally in points allowed per game (20.2) and led the Sun Belt in three-and-outs per game, three-and-out percentage, first downs allowed, passing yards allowed and defensive interceptions … Opened the season with six tackles at Georgia and had six more in the regular season finale against Louisiana .. Had 1.5 sacks, with one at Idaho and half of one at Texas State.
Anthony Chesley (CB, 5-11, 185, Sr., Temple Hills, Md.)
Played in all 12 games, starting 11 in 2017 … Had 44 tackles, fifth on the team, and had a team-best eight pass breakups … Credited with two PBU each versus Jacksonville State, Charleston Southern and Monmouth … Opened the season with 10 tackles (four at Lamar and six versus Florida A&M) and had a tackle for loss in both contests … Added a PBU with his six stops versus Florida A&M to be named the team’s Defensive MVP … Had a team-best and career-high seven tackles in the Central Connecticut State win … In addition to his two PBU versus Monmouth, had a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown to provide the 38-7 final … Closed the season with four tackles and an interception versus Hampton … Had at least a 3.0 GPA for the 2016-17 academic year.
Kilton Anderson (QB, 6-2, 220, Sr., Naples, Fla.)
Spent one season at New Mexico Military Institute but did not play as he recovered from injury … Spent two seasons at Fresno State, starting five games as a redshirt freshman in 2015 … 2016 (So.): Attended New Mexico Military Institute … 2015 (RFr.): Played in eight games, making five starts on the season … One of four different quarterbacks to start on the year – the most in any Bulldog season going all the way back through 1979 ... Threw for 817 yards with two touchdowns against five interceptions … Was 78-of-157 passing … Also rushed 51 times for 211 yards, finishing as the team’s third-leading rusher … His five rushing touchdowns on the season tied for the team lead and are the most by any Bulldog quarterback since David Carr also posted five rushing TDs back in 2001 … Drew his first career start on Oct. 10 vs. Utah State … Became the first quarterback since Derek Carr on Aug. 29, 2013 to lead the Bulldogs to a fourth-quarter comeback, guiding Fresno State from 11-down entering the fourth quarter to come back and beat UNLV on Oct. 16 in his second start … Threw for 193 yards and ran for 78 in the win over the Rebels with his 78 rushing yards being the most by a Bulldog quarterback in any game this century … His two rushing touchdowns in the UNLV win matched the total number of rushing touchdowns the Bulldogs had as a team through the first six weeks of the season.
Wesley Fields (RB, 6–0, 205, Sr., Americus, Ga.)
Played in all 12 games, starting 10 in 2017 … An honorable mention All-Sun Belt selection … Was on the field for 625 offensive snaps … Led the team with 811 rushing yards on the season … Recorded five touchdowns … Had 11 catches for 71 yards and a score … Ran for 103 yards (long of 48 yards) and a touchdown against New Mexico State University … Had 186 rushing yards (long of 48 yards) and a touchdown against Louisiana … Had rushing touchdowns against Arkansas State, New Mexico State, Troy, South Alabama and Louisiana … Had two receptions for 28 yards (long of 25 yards) and a touchdown against South Alabama … Caught a pass for 21 yards against Coastal Carolina … Had off-season shoulder surgery and missed the spring … Made the President’s List in the spring for a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Josh Moon (S, 6–0, 200, Sr., Fairburn, Ga.)
Played in 10 games, starting seven in 2017 … Was on the field for 438 snaps (431 defensive, 7 special teams) … Was third on the team in tackles with 47 … Included in that total were 3.5 tackles and a sack … Had two interceptions and two pass break ups … Had a big game against UMass with 14 tackles (8u, 6a) … Had a sack for a loss of 9 yards against Georgia State … Recorded interceptions in back to back games against Louisiana and Coastal Carolina … Made the Honor Roll in the spring.
Hunter Atkinson (T, 6–5, 290 –R-Jr., Flowery Branch, Ga.)
Two-year starter at left tackle ... Has started every game after moving from tight end to offensive tackle in the spring of 2016 (24 straight games) ... Played every offensive snap of the 2017 season ... Had a hand in one of the most unusual plays in GSU history vs. Charlotte. After a GSU field goal was blocked and fielded by Charlotte in the end zone, he knocked the ball loose, allowing teammate Shamarious Gilmore recovered in the end zone for the GSU touchdown ... Joined the program in 2015 after originally signing with Georgia in 2014 ... Practiced with the team in 2015 while red-shirting.
Michael Shaw (LB, 6–4, 230, R-Sr., Suwanee, Ga.)
All-Sun Belt Conference selection and Georgia State’s career leader in tackles for loss with 25.5 ... Three-year starter at outside linebacker ... Ranks fifth in GSU history with 169 career tackles and tied for third with 7.0 sacks ... Key performer on a Georgia State defense that set school records for fewest points per game allowed (24.75), fewest rushing yards per game (136.4), fewest yards per rushing attempt (4.13) and most sacks (24) in 2017 ... Tied for the team lead with 6.5 tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks ... Fourth on the squad with 57 tackles, along with four pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the season ... Had seven tackles with two TFL as he helped the Panthers hold South Alabama to a school-record 41 yards rushing in the 21-13 victory ... Had five tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss in shutout win at Charlotte ... Recorded a sack and then a shared sack on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter of win at ULM ... Forced and recovered a fumble at the GSU 21-yard line in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ 21-17 win at Georgia Southern. Also had seven tackles and a pass breakup ... Game-high eight tackles and a pass breakup in AutoNation Cure Bowl win over Western Kentucky, which was limited to a school-record minus-2 rushing yards.
Robert Hunt (OL, 6–5, 336, Jr., Burkeville, Texas)
Was the starting left guard in nine games for Louisiana last season, helping be a driving force for the Ragin' Cajuns offensive line that helped lead Louisiana to the third-best rushing attack in the Sun Belt Conference ... Played and started in 11 games.
Corey Turner (DB, 6–1, 204, Sr., New Orleans, La.)
Played in 11 games, starting 10 in the secondary in 2017... Finished third on the team in tackles (68) and tackles for loss (6.0) ... Snagged one interception, had three pass breakups and one sack ... Recorded at least four tackles in 10 games during the season ... Opened the season with four solo tackles against Southeastern La. (9/2) ... Posted nine tackles (two solo) at Tulsa (9/9) ... Made five tackles (four solo), one for an eight-yard loss, at Texas A&M (9/16) ... Was big against ULM (9/23), recording 10 tackles (eight solo) and one tackle for loss ...Broke-up one pass, while posting six tackles (five solo) at Idaho (10/7) ... Had nearly identical level of production against Texas State (10/12), finishing with six tackles (five solo) while adding a tackle for loss ... Credited with an 18-yard tackle for loss at Arkansas State (10/19), finishing with five tackles (two solo) while adding one pass breakup ... Made first career interception in the third quarter at South Alabama (11/4) returning the pick for 22 yards, finished the game with five tackles (four solo) and one pass breakup ... Put together a career game at Ole Miss (11/11), recording 13 tackles (seven solo) and getting first career sack ... In season finale at Appalachian State (12/2), posted five tackles (two solo) and one tackle for loss ... Earned second letter.
Marcus Green (WR, 5–8, 188, Sr., Pontotoc, Miss.)
Named Second-Team All-American by Sporting News (athlete), Football Writers Association of America (all-purpose player), CollegeFootballNews.com (kick returner) and Pro Football Focus (kick returner) in 2017 … became only the second ULM player to earn All-America recognition since the program moved to the NCAA FBS (formerly known as Division I-A) in 1994 … named to the All-Sun Belt First Team as both a return specialist and all-purpose player, as selected by the league’s head football coaches and media panel … accounted for a school single-season record 2,008 all-purpose yards and tied for the NCAA FBS lead with four kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2017 … led the Sun Belt in all-purpose yards (167.3 yards per game) and kickoff returns (32.4 avg.) and ranked among the league leaders in receiving yards (fourth at 70.6 ypg.) and receptions (tied for fifth at 4.6 rpg.) … also ranked among the NCAA FBS leaders in combined kick return yards (fourth at 977), all-purpose yards (third) and kickoff returns (third) … his four kickoff returns for TDs represent ULM and Sun Belt single-season records.
David Griffith (LB, 6–1, 201, Sr., Plano, Texas)
Received All-Sun Belt honorable mention in 2017 … led ULM in tackles for loss with (9 for 24 yards) and ranked second in tackles (76 total) ... posted double figures in tackles in back-to-back games against Georgia State (season-high 12 stops) and at South Alabama (10) … recorded 11 tackles in ULM’s 56-50 double-overtime victory at ULL … produced 2.0 tackles for loss in three consecutive games: vs. Southern Miss, at ULL and vs. Coastal Carolina … has six career games with double-digit tackles.
Bull Barge (LB, 5–10, 225, Sr., Moultrie, Ga.)
Started five times — including each of the last four contests — while playing in every game last season... Selected honorable mention all-Sun Belt Conference after finishing third on the squad with a career-best 77 total tackles and two forced fumbles ... Was credited with three stops behind the line of scrimmage including a sack ... Also had four quarterback hurries, tied for best on the team ... Led USA in stops on four occasions ... Received coaches’ award for big hit following three of the Jaguars’ four wins ... Named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week after posted a career-best 13 tackles — sharing game-high honors — with one for a loss of two yards and a forced fumble in Senior Day victory over Arkansas State ... That figure was tied for the most recorded by a Jag on the year ... Tied for team- and high-game honors with 12 stops in season finale at New Mexico State ... Had two tackles for a loss of 20 yards including a sack against the Aggies ... Shared the team lead with eight tackles and forced a fumble in Homecoming victory over ULM.
Jamarius Way (WR, 6–4, 220, Sr., Belle Glade, Fla.)
In his first season with the program appeared in every contest, starting all but one last season ... Voted second-team all-Sun Belt Conference after pacing the team with 47 catches for 762 yards, three touchdown receptions and 799 all-purpose yards ... Also tied for third on the team in scoring ... Ranked seventh in the league and among the top 75 in the country with 63.50 receiving yards per game ... Ended the campaign among the top 10 on the school season record list in catches (sixth), yards receiving (third), yards per reception (16.21, seventh) and 100-yard receiving games (two, tied for second) ... Tied for the team lead with 11 plays of 20-plus yards, which included a squad-best three touchdowns of over 20 yards … Caught multiple passes in all but one game … Led South in receptions six times and receiving yards on six occasions … Had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games against Georgia State and Louisiana, recording a season-best 118 on six catches against the former and 110 on five receptions in the matchup with the latter.
Aaron Brewer (OL, 6–3, 270, Jr., Dallas, Texas)
Two-year starter who enters the 2018 season having made 23 consecutive starts ... Named 2017 All-Sun Belt Conference Third-Team the Sun Belt head coaches and selected media members ... Chosen 2017 All-Sun Belt Conference Second-Team by Phil Steele ... Named Dave Campbell’s Texas Football All-Texas College First-Team in 2017 after earning Second-Team honors in 2016 ... Selected 2016 All-Sun Belt Conference Third-Team by Phil Steele Publications...2016 All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention by Sun Belt coaches and selected media poll...Started all 12 games on the offensive line ... Began the 2017 season on the Rimington Watch List ... Started the first five games at center before moving to right guard for five games and two games at left tackle in 2017...Led the Bobcats with 68 knockdowns ... Ran for seven yards after catching a lateral pass at Arkansas State ... Part of offensive line that helped Bobcats improve offense by 109.5 yards per game and rushing offense by 53.8 yards per game.
Bryan London II (LB, 6–2, 232, Jr., Converse, Texas)
Two-year starter who enters the 2018 season having made 24 consecutive starts ... Named 2016 and 2017 All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention by SBC head coaches and selected media members ... Selected as one of nation’s Top 25 sophomores by Bleacher Report...Named 2017 and 2016 Dave Campbell’s Football All-Texas College Second Team...Chosen 2016 All-Sun Belt Conference Second-Team by Phil Steele Publications...2016 All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention by SBC coaches and selected media poll...Started the last 24 games as an inside linebacker...Led the Bobcats in tackles for the second straight year...Ranked 10th among Sun Belt Conference leaders with 91 total tackles...Had season highs of 13 tackles and 12 solo stops against New Mexico State...Tallied 12 tackles against Georgia State...Had 10 stops at Colorado and Arkansas State...Recorded two tackles for loss at Troy...Tied for the team lead and ranked eighth overall among Sun Belt Conference leaders with two forced fumbles...Led the Bobcats with five pass breakups.
Deontae Crumitie (OL, 6–2, 297, Sr., Lake City, Fla.)
Started all 13 in 2017 games at center to run his career total 32 career starts … Named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team and was a preseason selection to the Rimington Trophy Watch List … Allowed just one sack in more than 700 snaps last season … Leader on an offensive line that that finished 12th nationally in fewest sacks allowed and rated sixth in offensive line efficiency … Played a season-high 85 snaps at New Mexico State … Graded out at a career-high 92 percent in Troy’s Sun Belt title-clinching win at Arkansas State … Recorded five knockdown blocks against Alabama State … Credited with six great blocks and three knockdowns in just 45 snaps in Troy’s blowout of Georgia Southern … Recorded a grade of 85 percent or higher in 12-of-13 games and 90 percent or higher in seven games, including five of the final six games of the season.
Hunter Reese (Bandit, 6–1, 224, Sr., Wetumpka, Ala.)
Named to the All-Sun Belt First Team after finishing fifth in the league with 14.0 tackles for loss and seventh with 6.5 sacks despite starting just six games in 2017 … Former walk-on; earned a scholarship prior to the start of the season … Led the team in tackles for loss and finished half sack behind Jamal Stadom for that team lead … Ended the season strong with 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception in Troy’s victory in the New Orleans Bowl … recorded a tackle for loss in eight straight games to end the season and had multiple tackles for loss in five games … Against Idaho, finished with five tackles and 2.5 sacks … Forced and recovered a fumble against Texas State … Helped Troy set a school single-season record with 112 tackles for loss while the 42 sacks ranked as the third most in a season in Troy history … Troy ranked fourth nationally in tackles for loss and eighth in sacks … Recorded 35 tackles and four quarterback hurries … Played in all 13 games.
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