Southern dominates All-SWAC team with 11 selections, five on the first team _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern running back Lenard Tillery (21) carries the ball against Alabama A&M, Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Southern dominated the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference football team Wednesday, as 11 Jaguars were selected including five to the first team.

No other team had more than six overall selections or more than four first-team selections.

Southern’s first-team selections were running back Lenard Tillery, who had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season and became the school’s all-time leading rusher; return specialist Willie Quinn, who had five returns for touchdowns; guard Anthony Mosley; noseguard Gabe Echols and cornerback Danny Johnson.

The Jaguars second-team selections were quarterback Austin Howard, offensive linemen Terrell Lee and Reginald Redding, tight end Montrell Jones, defensive end Aaron Tiller and safety Dionte McDuffy.

Grambling, which won the West Division with a 9-0 record and will play Alcorn State in the SWAC championship game Saturday in Houston, had the Offensive Player of the Year (quarterback Johnathan Williams) and the Coach of the Year (Brocerick Fobbs).

Grambling and Alcorn finished second to Southern with six selections each, including four each on the first team.

Alcorn State’s Marquise Warford was named Newcomer of the Year and Alabama State linebacker Kourtney Berry was Defensive Player of the Year.

Williams and Fobbs led Grambling to its first division title since 2011 and helped the Tigers become the first school to have a perfect conference record since 2008.

A graduate student, Williams ranks first in the FCS and in the SWAC in touchdown passes (36), first in the conference in passing yards (2,910), third in the SWAC in passing yards per game (262.8) and total offensive yards per game (294.6).

Berry led the SWAC and finished fifth in the NCAA-FCS in tackles with 130. He is on the CFPA Defensive Player of the Year Watch List.

In his first Division I collegiate season after transferring from Memphis, Warford had nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards. He led the Braves in receptions and was second on the team in receiving yards. He was also fourth on the team in rushing yards.

The selections were made in voting by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

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