Norman, Jacobs lead nine Chants on All-Big South list

Coastal Carolina placed nine student-athletes on the 2011 All-Big South Football Team, as voted on by the league’s head coaches, led by first-team selections Josh Norman and Andrae Jacobs.

Second-team picks on the list released Monday are Matt Hazel, Jamie Childers, Jamey Cheatwood, Tim Franklin, Chris Thomas, Desmond Steward and Niccolo Mastromatteo. Also, Marcus Lott, a 2010 and 2011 Academic All-Big South honoree, was named the Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Norman (senior from Greenwood) earns first team All-Big South for the third consecutive season. In addition, Norman is one of 20 finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding FCS defensive player. He was two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week and he led the Big South in pass breakups (12), also CCU single-season record, and passes defended (14/1.40 avg.). Norman is the Big South all-time leader in PBU (35) and tied with Quinton Teal for passes defended (48). In fact, since 2000 when the NCAA began tracking, Norman is fifth on the NCAA career passes defended list and sixth in career PBU. In addition to his pass defense exploits, Norman led the team in tackles (62), while ranking 12th in the Big South. Norman finished his career with 13 picks to rank second on the CCU and Big South lists. In earning his first Big South weekly honor, Norman had three PBU and an interception in the VMI win. To earn his second weekly honor,  he had an interception, forced fumble, blocked field goal and QB hurry versus Presbyterian on Senior Day at Brooks Stadium. He ended the season causing a fumble and getting five stops at Western Carolina. In all, he led the team in tackles in a single game five times in 2011 and a total of 10 times in his career.

Jacobs (junior from Tabor City, N.C.), the 2010 Big South Defensive Player of the Year and 2011 Preseason Big South Defensive Player of the Year, was slowed by injury in the middle of the season, but he was still able to garner first team All-Big South for the second time in his career. He ranks fourth on the team in tackles with 46. After getting 12 tackles in the first two games, including 3.0 TFL and leading the team with nine stops versus Catwaba, he would only get 12 tackles over his next five games combined being slowed by a hamstring injury. However, over his last four games, Jacobs had 21 stops, including a team-best seven tackles in the Presbyterian win. He added six stops with 2.0 TFL at Stony Brook and registered four tackles, including a sack, in the win at Charleston Southern. Jacobs ranks third on the CCU career TFL list with 30.5, getting 10.0 this season to rank 8th-tied in the Big South.

Lott (senior from Union) becomes the second Chanticleer to be named the Big South Football Scholar–Athlete of the Year, joining Josh Hoke in 2006. Lott carries a career grade point average of 3.91 in middle grades education and he has also been named to the 2011 Capital One All-Region team. Despite injuring his wrist during the Liberty game, which would later require surgery and pins, Lott still had a team-best 10 tackles with a forced fumble and PBU versus the Flames. After missing two games, he came back early so he could play on Senior Day and had four tackles with a TFL in the Presbyterian win. Despite missing time, Lott still ranked fifth on the team in tackles (41). He had seven tackles with a TFL in the Catawba win and led CCU with five tackles in the Furman win. Also versus the Paladins, Lott blocked a field goal attempt. For his career, he ranks fourth on the CCU list for PBU (23), sixth for unassisted tackles (134), eighth for INTs (5) and ninth in total tackles (184).

Hazel (sophomore from North Augusta) earns his first Big South honor after ranking second in the conference with six touchdown receptions. He battled injuries, going two games without a catch but still ranked seventh in the Big South in receiving yards (488) and receptions (32). Hazel, who averaged an impressive 15.2 yards per receptions, led Coastal in both receptions and yards. Prior to the injury and over a four-game span, Hazel had three games with six catches, including North Carolina A&T (92 yards and 2 TDs), Liberty (90 yards and TD) and Gardner-Webb (65 yards). Hazel also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass versus Gardner-Webb. He showed signs of getting back to full speed, catching four passes for 28 yards and a TD in the Charleston Southern win. Then, he ended the season with two catches for 69 yards, including a career-long 59-yard TD in the win at Western Carolina. In just two seasons, Hazel already ranks third on the CCU career list with 11 TD receptions.

Jamie Childers (senior from Mt. Pleasant) was named second team All-Big South as a tight end. Childers, who began his career as a quarterback and saw time at the position this season as well, seized the opportunity when two-time first team All-Big South pick David Duran was lost for the season with injury. Childers himself missed three games due to a knee injury, but still caught 11 passes for 233 yards (21,2 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. In fact, Coastal was 7-1 with Childers in the lineup in 2011 and 0-3 in games he missed due to injury. He had a breakout game at Charleston Southern catching four passes for 92 and two scores, including the eventual game-winner. Childers started at quarterback in the Catawba win, completing 6-of-7 passes for 75 yards. In his first game back after the injury, he started at tight end versus Presbyterian. However, on the second series in the second quarter, he was forced to move to quarterback after Aramis Hillary was injured despite not taking a snap at the position in practice for over a month. He only completed two passes, but one was a 35-yard strike for the game winner. As a quarterback, Childers completed 15-of-38 passes for 209 yards with two TDs and no interceptions.

Jamey Cheatwood (sophomore from Boiling Springs) earns second team honors for the second consecutive year. A starter at left tackle in all 11 games, he has helped Coastal Carolina lead the Big South for the second straight year in fewest sacks allowed, surrendering 11 in 11 games to rank 13th in the NCAA. Coastal has only allowed as many as two sacks in a game three this season, while having three games (Catawba, Georgia and Stony Brook) with no sacks. Cheatwood recorded 49 knock-down blocks and tied for the team lead for best grade-out for the season. Coastal also closed the season with Marcus Whitener and Travis Small each rushing for 100 yards, primarily following Cheatwood’s lead on the left side of the line.

Tim Franklin (senior from Prosperity) earns his first All-Big South honor. Franklin started all 11 games in 2011, including seven at right guard and three at left guard. He is Coastal’s most versatile lineman, also spelling Pat Williams at center from time-to-time over the past two seasons. He ended his career starting 34 straight games, including 13 at right guard, 11 at left tackle, eight at left guard and two at center. In addition to helping Coastal Carolina lead the Big South in fewest sacks allowed over the past two seasons, Franklin had a team-best 66 knock-down blocks. Also, his protection helped Aramis Hillary led the Big South, rank 11th in the NCAA and set a CCU single-season record in pass completion percentage (65.5).

Chris Thomas (junior from Staten Island, N.Y.) earns his first All-Big South honor. Thomas, who began his career at Hofstra before the school dropped the football program, tallied 8.5 tackles for losses, including 3.5 sacks totaling 34 negative yards. After missing most of preseason and the first game with an injury, Thomas came on strong as the season progressed, finishing with 30 tackles, a pass breakup, four quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. He led the team in tackles with eight, including 2.5for losses, at Stony Brook and added 2.0 TFL in the Presbyterian win. Thomas ended the season with a half sack at Western Carolina as CCU set a single-game record for sacks with seven. Thomas was also credited with sacks versus North Carolina A&T and Catawba, getting his fumble recovery versus Catawba as well.

Desmond Steward (senior from Douglasville, Ga.) makes the All-Big South second team for the second time in his career, also accomplishing the feat in 2009. He ranked second on the team in tackles with 51, of which 4.5 went for losses including a sack. Steward is one of four Chants to have played all 46 games for this four-year span (joining Norman, Franklin and Dexter Holman), getting 34 career starts with a streak of 23 consecutive to ends his career. Steward had at least one TFL in each of his last four games, getting six stops at Stony Brook, a team-high seven in the Presbyterian win, six in the Charleston Southern win and a sack at Western Carolina. He tallied five tackles at Georgia and eight tackles at Liberty. On the CCU career lists, Steward ranks thirdrd in assisted tackles (125), fifth in total tackles (221), ninth in unassisted tackles (99) and 10th in TFL (16.5).

Niccolo Mastromatteo (sophomore from Ortonville, Mich.) earns second team All-Big South as a punt returner for the second time in as many seasons. He was named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week for his play in the Charleston Southern win. In the contest, he returned one kickoff for 24 yards and three punts for 54, including a season-long 40 yarder. The 40-yard punt return marks the fifth-longest in CCU history and helped him boost his season average to 8.8 yards per punt return to rank 26th in the NCAA. After setting Big South records with 32 punt returns for 247 yards in 2010, Mastromatteo has 15 returns for 132 yards in 2011. He also set a CCU record with 27 kickoff returns and his 512 kickoff return yards was just seven yards shy of the CCU single-season mark. His 1,374 combined punt/kick return yards ranks sixth on the Big South all-time list. In just two years, Mastromatteo became the Big South career leader in punt returns with 47, while his 379 career punt return yards is a CCU record.

2011 BIG SOUTH FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS AND ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS

FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
QB      Mike Brown, R-Sr., Liberty
RB      Miguel Maysonet, Jr., Stony Brook
RB      Brock Jackolski, Sr., Stony Brook
WR    Chris Summers, R-Sr., Liberty
WR    James Perry III, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
WR    Nathan Perera, Soph., Charleston Southern
TE      Tommy Shaver, R-Sr., Liberty
OL      Joe Faiella, Sr., Stony Brook
OL      Rob Bailey, Sr., VMI
OL      Jamie Dunaway, Jr., Gardner-Webb
OL      Malcolm Boyd, Jr., Liberty
OL      Max Travis, Sr., Presbyterian College

DEFENSE
DL      Preston Pemasa, Soph., Gardner-Webb
DL      Ryan Haber, R-Sr., Stony Brook
DL      Brian Davis, Sr., Presbyterian College
DL      Matt Goods, R-Soph., Gardner-Webb
LB      Marty Patterson, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
LB      A.J. Gross, R-Sr., VMI
LB      Jawara Dudley, Soph., Stony Brook
LB      Andrae Jacobs, Jr., Coastal Carolina
DB      Justin Bethel, Sr., Presbyterian College
DB      Josh Norman, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DB      Charles James, R-Jr., Charleston Southern
DB      Chris Kuzdale, Sr., Charleston Southern

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK      Wesley Skiffington, R-Jr., Stony Brook
P          Mike Larsson, Sr., Liberty
LS      Richard Wright, R-Soph., Liberty
KR      Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty
PR      Ricky Rhodes, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb

SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
QB      Kyle Essington, Jr., Stony Brook
RB      Kenny Little, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
RB      Lance Byrd, Jr., Presbyterian College
WR    Pat Kelly, Jr., Liberty
WR    Matt Hazel, Soph., Coastal Carolina
WR    Tracy Hairston, R-Sr., VMI
TE      Jamie Childers, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL      Steve Demilio, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
OL      Jamey Cheatwood, R-Soph., Coastal Carolina
OL      Toney White, R-Sr., Liberty
OL      Tim Franklin, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL      Aaron Lundy, R-Jr., Liberty

DEFENSE
DL      Asa Chapman, Sr., Liberty
DL      Roosevelt Kirk, Sr., Stony Brook
DL      Chris Thomas, Jr., Coastal Carolina
DL      Francis Bah, R-Soph., Liberty (tie)
DL      Derren Evans, Sr., Presbyterian College (tie)
LB      Nick Sigmon, R-Fr., Liberty
LB      CeeJay Harris, Sr., Presbyterian College
LB      Mike Chocholousek, Jr., Charleston Southern
LB      Desmond Steward, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DB      Byron Allen, R-Sr., VMI
DB      Walt Aikens, R-Soph., Liberty
DB      Dominick Reyes, R-Jr., Stony Brook
DB      Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK      Trever Austin, Fr., Gardner-Webb
P          Patrick Morgano, Jr., Presbyterian College
LS      Mike Chocholousek, Jr., Charleston Southern
KR      Brock Jackolski, Sr., Stony Brook
PR      Niccolo Mastromatteo, Soph., Coastal Carolina

ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Richard Mounce, R-Jr., QB, Charleston Southern
Marcus Lott, Sr., DB, Coastal Carolina
Jamie Dunaway, Jr., OL, Gardner-Webb
Matt Bevins, Sr., K, Liberty
James Festa, Soph., OL, Presbyterian College
Kyle Essington, Jr., QB, Stony Brook
A.J. Gross, R-Sr., LB, VMI

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Miguel Maysonet, Jr., RB, Stony Brook

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Justin Bethel, Sr., DB, Presbyterian College

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Donelle Williams, LB, Presbyterian College

COACH OF THE YEAR
Chuck Priore, Stony Brook

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Marcus Lott, Sr., DB, Coastal Carolina

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