Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire and defensive lineman Christian Ringo captured the two top honors on the 2014 All-Louisiana college football team announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol captured awards for first-year players and Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs was honored for his turnaround of the Tigers program.
The team, traditionally released on Christmas Day, is built off nominations from the media relations directors at the football-playing schools in the state. From there, a panel of LSWA members makes their selections with those nominating unable to vote for athletes from their own schools. This year, 33 ballots from all parts of the state were turned in for the final vote.
All statistics are based on the final regular season totals of the teams and do not include any postseason or bowl contests.
McGuire earned Offensive Player of the Year honors to go with being named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year after rushing for 1,165 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns. He posted the fourth-most rushing yards in a single season at UL-Lafayette, and the sophomore from Houma was also the team’s leading receiver with 40 catches for 414 yards and two touchdowns. He led the SBC and was No. 19 in the country in all-purpose yards at 1,695.
The Defensive Player of the Year, Ringo had 35 solo tackles with 19.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. The first-team All-SBC pick was ranked seventh in the nation in tackles for loss and 12th in sacks. He recovered two fumbles, including a 41-yard recovery for a touchdown at Texas State.
Fournette rushed for 891 yards and eight scores. He ran for 100 or more yards four times, including a career-best 146 yards and a touchdown in the win at Texas A&M in the regular-season finale.
Sokol, a senior, earned Newcomer of the Year honors to add to his Conference USA Newcomer honors. Sokol was 11th in the nation in passing touchdowns with 29. Sokol went 246-for-420 for 3,189 yards as Tech scored 40 or more points in six games with the fifth most-improved offense in the nation.
Fobbs was the state’s top coach after taking Grambling from a last-place finish and one win a year ago to competing for a division title. Fobbs was the Southwestern Athletic Coach of the Year and also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award.
Both McGuire and Ringo were named to the first team, while Fournette and Sokol were on the second-team offense.
On the 25-member first team, LSU had eight representatives, UL-Lafayette five, SLU four, Northwestern State three, Tech and ULM two each and Tulane one.