Holmes, Pyke, Sanders earn top SoCon awards
Holmes, Pyke, Sanders earn top SoCon awards
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bucs lead SoCon with 14 all-conference honors by the coaches, 11 via the media

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Nov. 20, 2018)– The ETSU football team continued to rack up the hardware on Tuesday.

After already having the Southern Conference title in its possession, the Buccaneers cleaned up the all-conference awards as running backQuay Holmes (Powder Springs, Ga.) was named Freshman of the Year, Matt Pyke (Clinton, Tenn.) earned the Jacobs Blocking Award and Randy Sanders received the Wallace Wade Coach of the Year honor. Overall, the Bucs led the SoCon with 14 all-conference honors (12 players) from the coaches and 11 via the media.

Joining Holmes and Pyke on the first team all-conference list were linebackers Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) and Jared Folks (Harrisburg, Pa.), defensive lineman Nasir Player (Columbia, S.C.),and defensive backs Tyree Robinson (Gainesville, Ga.) and Jeremy Lewis (Lawrenceville, Ga.). Senior defensive lineman Tremond Ferrell (Washington, Ga.), senior kicker JJ Jerman (Seymour, Tenn.) and senior tight end Evan Wick (Hallettsville, Texas) were named second team all-conference, while Holmes, Jacob Saylors (Jasper, Tenn.) and Tre’mond Shorts (Hampton, Ga.) landed spots on the all-freshmen team. Holmes also earned a spot on the media’s second team as a return specialist.

HEAD COACH RANDY SANDERS

  • Has led ETSU to eight wins, a share of the Southern Conference championship and a trip to the FCS Playoffs
  • The eight wins are the third-most in program history and the most by a first-year ETSU head coach
  • ETSU won five straight games from Sept. 14-Oct. 13 – the longest win streak since 1996
  • Becomes the third coach in program history to earn Coach of the Year honors (John Robert Bell, 1969 and Mike Cavan, 1996)
  • Named a finalist for the STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award

QUAY HOLMES – RFR. – RB – POWDER SPRINGS, GA.   

  • Named SoCon Freshman of the Year, first team all-SoCon, second team all-SoCon as a return specialist, and SoCon all-freshman team for both offense and special teams
  • Recorded over 1,300 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games
  • Ranks seventh among FCS players in total touchdowns, ninth in rushing touchdowns (13), 37th in all-purpose yards per game (120.36) and 45th in rushing yards
  • Became the third ETSU player to rush for double-digit touchdowns in a season, while his 13 rushing touchdowns are tied for the second-most in program history
  • Totaled 820 rushing yards, 242 receiving yards and 262 kickoff return yards
  • Becomes the fourth player in school history to receive Freshman of the Year honors
  • Named a finalist for the STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award

MATT PYKE – RSR. – OL – CLINTON, TENN.

  • Has started all 44 games for the Bucs since the program returned in 2015
  • Played 730 of the possible 736 snaps this season
  • His blocking has helped ETSU rush for over 100 yards in eight games this season, including three games with over 200 rushing yards
  • The Buccaneer offensive line did not allow a sack at VMI, while giving up just one sack three times, including at Tennessee on Sept. 8
  • Becomes the first ETSU player to earn the Jacobs Blocking Award
  • Named first team all-conference by the league coaches and media

TREMOND FERRELL – SR. – DL – WASHINGTON, GA.

  • Has posted 46 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble in 10 games this season
  • Recorded at least one sack in three straight games from Sept. 14-29
  • Career-high 12 tackles in the win over Furman
  • Finished with two fumble recoveries and 1.5 sacks against Chattanooga
  • Recorded at least one tackle in all 10 games played
  • Named second team all-SoCon by the coaches and media

JARED FOLKS – GR. – LB – HARRISBURG, PA.

  • Has started all 11 games for the Blue and Gold en route to registering 80 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and eight quarterback hurries
  • Ranks fifth in the SoCon in sacks and tied for ninth in tackles for loss
  • Named SoCon Defensive Player of the Month for September
  • Named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week after finishing with eight tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception in the win at VMI on Sept. 14 … The 3.5 sacks were the fourth-most by a Buccaneer in single-game history
  • Finished with a career-high 11 tackles in the win at Mercer on Nov. 3
  • Named first team all-conference by the coaches and second team by the media

JJ JERMAN – SR. – K – SEYMOUR, TENN.

  • Made 17 of his 20 field goal attempts, while also being a perfect 30-for-30 in extra-points and adding 12 kickoffs for 719 yards (59.9 average) and five touchbacks
  • Ranks sixth among FCS players in field goals per game (1.55), 13th field goal percentage (85.0), and 42nd in scoring (7.4)
  • Broke the ETSU single-season record for made field goals, while also setting the new all-time record with 51
  • Has made his last 12 field goals, including a season-long 47-yard attempt against Samford on Nov. 17  
  • Was selected second team by both the coaches and media

JEREMY LEWIS – JR. – DB – LAWRENCEVILLE, GA.

  • Has totaled 70 tackles, one interception, 10 pass breakups and 11 passes defended
  • Ranks third in the SoCon in passes defended
  • Recorded two double-digit tackle games – tied a career-high with 10 tackles each vs. Mars Hill and Chattanooga
  • Posted his second collegiate interception in the win at VMI, while also adding seven tackles
  • Registered at least seven tackles in seven of the 11 games played
  • Started all 11 games for the Blue and Gold
  • Named first team all-conference by the media and second team via the coaches

NASIR PLAYER – RJR. – DL – COLUMBIA, S.C.

  • Has 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, 11 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles in 10 games this season
  • Ranks third in the SoCon in forced fumbles, fourth in sacks and eighth in tackles for loss
  • Named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week after finishing with six tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in the win over Chattanooga on Sept. 29 … The three sacks were the fifth-most by a Buccaneer in single-game history
  • Named a STATS FCS finalist for the Buck Buchanan award
  • Named first team all-conference by the league coaches and media

TYREE ROBINSON – SO. – DB – GAINESVILLE, GA.

  • Has recorded 63 tackles, five interceptions, 13 pass defended, eight pass breakups and two defensive touchdowns in 11 games
  • Leads all SoCon players in interceptions, while ranking eighth in FCS in interceptions per game (0.5) and 25th in passes defended (1.2)
  • Named SoCon Defensive Player of the Month in October
  • Earned STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Week and SoCon Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the win at The Citadel on Oct. 13 … Finished with eight tackles and two interceptions, including a 42-yard return for a touchdown against the Bulldogs
  • Posted five interceptions during a three-game stretch from Oct. 6-20
  • Had a fumble recovery for a touchdown at Wofford, marking second straight game with a defensive score
  • Named first team all-conference by both the coaches and media

JACOB SAYLORS – FR. – RB – JASPER, TENN.  

  • Has generated 1,103 all-purpose yards in 10 games – 533 rushing yards, 222 receiving yards and 348 kickoff return yards
  • Totaled 533 rushing yards on 77 carries (6.9 yards per rush) and four rushing touchdowns
  • Scored his first collegiate touchdown in the win over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6 where he rushed for 101 yards and two scores
  • Rushed for a season-high 123 yards and two touchdowns in the triple-overtime win over Western Carolina on Oct. 27
  • Ranks fourth in the SoCon in all-purpose yards per game (110.3), fifth in yards per rush (6.9) and 10th in rushing yards per game (53.3)
  • Made first collegiate start against Samford on Nov. 17

TRE’MOND SHORTS – RFR. – OL – HAMPTON, GA.  

  • Has played 640 snaps this season, while playing in all 11 games with nine starts
  • Made first collegiate start at VMI on Sept. 14
  • His blocking has helped ETSU rush for over 100 yards in eight games this season, including three games with over 200 rushing yards
  • The Buccaneer offensive line did not allow a sack at VMI, while giving up just one sack three times, including at Tennessee on Sept. 8

DYLAN WEIGEL – RSr. – LB – PICKERINGTON, OHIO

  • Leads ETSU with 91 total tackles this season
  • Totaled 14 tackles for loss, two sacks and one safety
  • Leads all active FCS players with 416 career tackles, which ranks third all-time in program history
  • Ranks third in the SoCon in tackles for loss per game (1.27) and ninth in tackles per game (8.3)
  • Recorded four double-digit tackle games this season, moving his career total to 25
  • Has started all 44 games for the Bucs since the program restarted in 2015
  • Named first team all-conference by the league coaches and media

EVAN WICK – Sr. – TE – HALLETTSVILLE, TEXAS  

  • Recorded 13 receptions for 192 yards and one touchdown
  • Had at least one reception in nine of the 10 games played this season
  • Posted his first touchdown as a Buccaneer in the season-opening win over Mars Hill
  • Tied a career high in receptions at Wofford (3) and finished with a career high 42 receiving yards in the win over Furman
  • Started nine games for the Blue and Gold this season
  • Selected second team all-conference by the coaches and media

Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges was named Offensive Player of the Year, while Chattanooga’s Isaiah Mack was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year.

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