Henderson, Ross, Brown join 14 Chants on All-BSC

ccufoot-4and31De’Angelo Henderson, Alex Ross and Devin Brown earned three of the top individual postseason football awards given by the Big South while Coastal Carolina received a total of 14 All-Big South honors, the league announced today.

Henderson was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year, Ross was voted the Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Brown was selected the Big South Special Teams Player of the Year. Henderson (RB), Ross (QB) and Brown (KOR) were additionally named first team All-Big South, as voted on by the league’s head coaches and selected media, along with Bruce Mapp (WR), Sam Ekwonike (OL), Voghens Larrieux (OL), Jabarai Bothwell (DL) and Ryan Granger (PK). Second team selections included Chris Jones (WR and PR), Chase Tidwell (OL), Roderick Holder (DL), Calvin Hollenhorst (DL) and Alex Scearce (LB).

Henderson is the third straight Chanticleer to earn Big South Offensive Player of the Year honors, joining Lorenzo Taliaferro (2013) and Alex Ross (2014), and fifth Chanticleer in 12 years to receive the honor as Patrick Hall was the 2004 recipient and Tyler Thigpen took home the honor is 2006. Henderson ranks leads the Big South in rushing touchdowns (15; sixth in the FCS), scoring (9.3 points per game; seventh in the FCS), rushing yards (1,245; eighth in the FCS) and all purpose yards per game (144.36; 16th in the FCS).

Ross, a two-time Big South Offensive Player of the Week, becomes the first three-time, first team quarterback in Big South history. He additionally is the first player in league history to be both a Player of the Year (Offensive Player of the Year in 2014) and a Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2015).

Brown is the second Chanticleer to earn Big South Special Teams Player of the Year in the three-year history of the award, joining inaugural winner LaDarius Hawthorne (2013). Brown, with two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season, has five career kickoff returns for TDs, which is a Big South record and one shy of the NCAA FCS all-time mark. The junior ranks third in the FCS with a 30.4 average on kick returns this season.

Mapp earns his second All-Big South honor after being a second team selection last season. The junior ranks third on the CCU all-time list for receptions (138) and receiving yards (1,895) while ranking fourth in career touchdown receptions (13). This season, Mapp ranked second in the Big South in receiving yards (649), second in receptions (47) and second in receiving touchdowns (6).

Ekwonike and Larrieux both earn their first All-Big south honor. Ekwonike has started 25 straight contests at right guard and was team’s top-graded offensive lineman (solo or tied) five times. He graded out at 90 percent or better seven times, only allowed one sack in 632 snaps and tallied 26 knock-down blocks. Ekwonike additionally helped Coastal rank among the FCS top 25 in eight categories.

Larrieux was a preseason All-Big South selection, moving from right tackle to left tackle this season and replacing All-American Chad Hamilton. Larrieux was the team’s top-graded offensive lineman (solo or tied) three times but graded out at least 90 percent seven times. He played an offensive line-high 683 snaps and was only called for one penalty all season while helping Coastal Carolina lead the Big South in scoring and first downs for second straight season.

Bothwell was the league’s Defensive Player of the Week twice and the team’s defensive MVP six times this season. The junior led all Big South defensive linemen with 64 tackles, which ranked second-best on the team. In league games only, his 49 tackles ranked fourth among all players. Bothwell only had 15 tackles in the first five games this season, but tallied a team-best 49 over the final six contests.

Granger was named first team All-Big South after being the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week twice and the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week once. The junior set a CCU record by making 10 consecutive field goals during a stretch this season, including a game-winning 30-yarder at time expired at Monmouth.

Jones joins Niccolo Mastromatteo (WR and PR) and Greg Williamson (Return Specialist and DB) as the only Chanticleers to earn All-Big South honors at two positions in the same year. Jones broke Mastromatteo’s CCU single-season record for punt return yards with 254, which was the most by  aBig South player this season. Jones ranks 15th in the FCS in punt returns (11.5 avg.) and 18th in the FCS in yards per reception (17.9 avg.). Jones came on strong, filling in for an injured John Israel (2014 All-Big South selection).

Tidwell, who had never played a snap of organized football until this season, started all 11 games at left tackle. The junior was team’s top-graded offensive lineman (solo or tied) five times and graded out at least 89 percent in nine of the 11 games. He was second on the offensive line by playing 675 snaps and was only called for one penalty, had 21 knock-down blocks, helped Ross rank eighth in the FCS in completion percentage and Henderson rank among FCS top 10 in both rushing and scoring.

Holder, a first team selection last season, ranks seventh in the league with 11.0 tackles for loss and sixth (tied) with 4.5 sacks. The senior ranks eighth on the Big South all-time list for sacks and third on CCU career list with 14.0. Holder additionally ranks fourth on CCU all-time list with 29.0 tackles for loss.

Hollenhorst was selected second team All-Big South for the third straight season, despite missing three-plus games with an injury. He joins Adrain Grady (four times; once first team) and Philip Oboh (three times, twice first team) as the only Chanticleer defensive linemen to earn All-Big South at least three times.

Scearce, a former safety turned linebacker, was named second team All-Big South after leading the Chanticleers with 70 tackles on the season. He led the team in tackles five times, including a career-high 10-tackle performance in the win at Monmouth and posting nine at Furman in the opener and nine at Liberty in the finale.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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