LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Union College's Armond Smith and Belhaven University's Ricky Wadlington are the Mid-South Conference West Division Players of the Year, MSC officials announced on Friday.
Smith and Wadlington are part of the 28-man All MSC West Division team as voted on by the West coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Smith led the Mid-South Conference in rushing this season, averaging 125.1 yards per game en route to being named MSC West Offensive Player of the Year. The senior running back also led all running backs with 16 touchdowns. Smith was MSC Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season and MSC Special Teams Player of the Week once.
Wadlington led the MSC West with a 9.5 tackles per game average on his way to being named MSC West Defensive Player of the Year. The junior linebacker completed the season with 104 total tackles -- 48 solo tackles and 56 assisted tackles -- and nine tackles for loss. Wadlington finished with one interception and one forced fumble during the season.
University of the Cumberlands' Terrance Cobb and Weston Hazelhurst are the MSC West Freshmen of the Year.
Cobb averaged 79.6 yards per game with 11 touchdowns to garner the conference's offensive award. The Patriot running back finished his first regular season with 796 total rushing yards, which ranks fourth in the MSC this season.
Hazelhurst ranks eighth in the Mid-South with a 7.7 tackles per game average. The West Division's top freshmen defender recorded 26 solo tackles and 51 assisted tackles from his linebacker position. Hazelhurst has seven tackles for a loss this season and two fumble recoveries.
Cumberlands' John Bland was voted MSC West Coach of the Year by his peers. Bland led the Patriots to the MSC West Division title with a 5-1 division record. Cumberlands is 7-3 overall.
Cumberlands' Madison McCalmon is the MSC West Division Champion of Character recipient. McCalmon earned the award -- as voted on by the conference's athletics director -- for his civic and servant leadership on his campus and within the community.
Joining Smith on the offensive all-conference team are offensive linemen Sarron Anderson (Belhaven), Quintin Borders (Union), Andy Kellogg (Shorter University), Nick Newborn (Shorter) and Justin Norman (Cumberlands).
Mitch Reynolds (Cumberland University) is the all-conference tight end, while Cordario Calvin (Belhaven) and Kevin Dizer (Belhaven) are the all-conference wide receivers.
Albert Huntley (Shorter) is the conference's pick for slot back and Cordarious Mann (Bethel University) joins Smith and Cobb as the all-conference running backs.
Mike Brinkley (Union) is the West Division's all-conference quarterback.
On special teams, James Bryan (Belhaven) is the all-conference kicker and Jacob Chancelor (Belhaven) is the all-conference punter. Brendan Kelly (Cumberlands) is the all-conference kick return specialist.
Melvin Armstrong (Cumberland), Jack Hayes (Belhaven), Elisee Pompilus (Union) and Tabias Walter (Shorter) are the all-conference defensive line.
Joining Wadlington on the all-conference linebacker unit is Garrett Hochstetler (Shorter), Ben Miller (Cumberland) and Stephon Ransom (Cumberland).
In addition to his kick return specialist honors, Kelly is joined by Allante McLemore (Cumberland), Chris Simpson (Cumberland) and Derrick Williams (Bethel) as all-conference defensive backs.
In addition to the 28 all-conference selections, 33 student-athletes were named MSC West Division Honorable Mention.
Those student-athletes include: Belhaven's John Gamberi, Craig McDonald, Taylor Quick and Alex Williams; Bethel's Jeremy Akins, Mike Jasper, Barry Johnson and Jahron Reynolds; Cumberland's Tyler Emmetts, Todd Holman, Jeremy Hurford, William Judson, Cody McCallister, and Lemeco Miller; Cumberlands' Troy Arnold, Jay Bright, Daniel Cotter, Weston Hazelhurst, Coby Hitchcock, Trevor Warbington and Jonathan Yeary; Faulkner University's Brandon Cheatham, Thomas Price, Quinton Prothro, Mitchell Thornton and Raquil Ward; Shorter's Desmond Clark and Ryan Willonby; and Union's Chad Boyington, Bert Brown, Zach Eagler, Brad Fulton, Demetrius Hicks, Sean Mackey and Terry Young.
Sixty-seven football student-athletes were recognized as Academic All Mid-South Conference East Division. The distinction is reserved for student-athletes with a sophomore or higher class standing and a 3.25 and above grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Those honored for their work in the classroom:
Saeed Bramwell-Gordon, Jeremy Calhoun, Nathan Funk, John Graham, Wyatt Kemp, Wilson Masoud, Patrick Nolan, Brandon Reagan, Matt Scott, Cody Sikora, Jason Steward, Marshall Varnum, Troy Watson, Joe Whitmore and Ethan Wright.
Dustin Allen, Christian Burnett, Curt Bureau, Daniel Dayton, Chris Eads, Sam Greene, Jacob Hill, Todd Holman, Jeremy Jurford, Cody McCallister, Tim McCord, Ben Miller, Eugene Poole, Mitch Reynolds, Daley Sallis, Kenny Sallis, Josh Smith, Taylor Watson, Jared White and Adam Wiss.
University of the Cumberlands
Madison McCalmon and Justin Dyer.
Robert Britton, Trey Martin and Mitchell Thornton.
Bo Bearse, Alex Burse, Derik Cooper, Josh Dorminy, Kyle Farmer, Tyler Fugua, Kevin Hall, Garrett Hochstetler, Dylan Holtman, Richard Hyde, Patrick Keller, Landon Littlejohn, Zach Mann, Nick Newborn, Drew Putnam, Sam Robison, Tyler Thomas, Gary Tiller, Tyler Tillery, Justin White, Ben Williams, Collin Wooddy and Curtis Wyatt.
Zach Eagler, Darrin Greene, Tyler Harbin and Jonathan Shipley.
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