Eight Panthers Selected All-Gulf South Conference

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Stapleton Co-GSC Defensive Freshman of the Year

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BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA – Florida Tech placed eight members of its inaugural football team on the All-Gulf South Conference Team, announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon.

Earning recognition was linebacker Chris Stapleton, who was chosen Co-GSC Defensive Freshman of the Year. Tight end Gabe Hughes and wide receiver Xavier Milton were unanimous first team selections. Quarterback Bobby Vega, guard Ramsey Sellers, defensive lineman Skylar Sheffield, linebacker Justin Arcune, Stapleton and defensive back Manny Abad garnered second team honors.

Steve Englehart

Steve Englehart

“All of our players that received all-conference were deserving of the award,” head Steve Englehart said. “I know they are honored to be recognized among the best players in the Gulf South Conference.”

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton, a redshirt freshman from Navarre, Fla., finished the regular season tied for first in the GSC in tackles for loss at 11.5, tied for third with two forced fumbles and in sole possession of sixth in tackles per game at 7.9. He is currently second on the team in the tackles department with 87 and has registered two sacks on the season.

Gabe Hughes

Gabe Hughes

Gabe Hughes, a sophomore from Lighthouse Point, Fla., has caught 19 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. He has snagged at least one pass in all, but two of the Panthers’ 11 games this season. His two biggest games were against former No. 1 Valdosta State and then No. 24 North Alabama. He hauled in six passes for 43 yards against the Blazers and then five balls for 47 yards against the Lions.

Xavier Milton

Xavier Milton

Xavier Milton, a junior from Alameda, Calif., has been the primary target for the Panthers’ quarterbacks this season. He is currently first in the GSC in receptions with 70, tied for second in receptions per game at 6.4, fifth in receiving yards per game at 69.2 and tied for eighth with nine touchdowns. He has caught 70 passes for 761 yards.

Bobby Vega

Bobby Vega

Bobby Vega, a fifth-year senior from Miami, Fla., has made a significant impact in his lone season in a Crimson and Gray uniform. Compared to his peers, he is first in the GSC in passing completions at 202 and attempts at 325, second in passing yards at 1,857 and touchdowns at 13, third in passing yards per game at 168.8 and fourth in total offense at 163.1 yards per game.

Ramsey Sellers

Ramsey Sellers

Ramsey Sellers, a junior captain from Wiggins, Miss., has been a staple on the Panthers’ offensive line at left guard. He has been a catalyst in the success of Vega and the Panthers’ running backs in all 11 games. In addition to Vega’s numbers mentioned above, he has helped provide the blocking for redshirt freshman running backTrevor Sand, who ranks third in the GSC at 80.2 rushing yards per game after totaling 802 yards in 10 games.

Skylar Sheffield

Skylar Sheffield

Skylar Sheffield, a true freshman from Henderson, Tenn., has held his own on the defensive line in his first season. He has recorded 29 tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack in 11 games. He is coming off a six-tackle performance in the Panthers’ 17-3 regular-season finale win over Webber International last Saturday at Pirate Stadium.

Justin Arcune

Justin Arcune

Justin Arcune, a redshirt junior captain from Los Altos, Calif., finished the regular season tied for third in the GSC in sacks with five, seventh in tackles with 85, 10th in tackles per game at 7.7 and 11th in tackles for loss with nine. He posted double figures in tackles two times, recording 11 at Delta State and 12 at West Georgia.

Manny Abad

Manny Abad

Manny Abad, a redshirt freshman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been tasked with covering the opposition’s top receiver this season. He has risen to the challenge and helped the defense rank second in the GSC in pass defense, surrendering just 183.9 yards per game. The unit also ranks second in opponents’ third down conversion percentage at 34.2. On the season, he has 29 tackles, two sacks, one interception, eight pass break-ups and has recovered two fumbles.

PANTHERS PREPARING TO PLAY IN FUTURES BOWL

This week, the Panthers are preparing to play in the first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Futures Bowl against fellow first-year program Alderson Broaddus.

This week, the Panthers are preparing to play in the first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Futures Bowl against fellow first-year program Alderson Broaddus.

This week, the Panthers are preparing to play in the first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Futures Bowl against fellow first-year program Alderson Broaddus.

The game, scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m., will take place on the campus of Alderson Broaddus at AB Stadium in Philippi, W.Va.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are $10 for reserved chair-back seats and $5 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Alderson Broaddus athletic office at 304-457-6262.

• Live video and stats will be available courtesy of Alderson Broaddus at GoBattlers.com and via SpaceCoastDaily.com
• Jim Mitchell and Paul Van Scott will provide commentary of the game at FloridaTechSports.com/live

Complete All-Gulf South Conference Team

West Alabama quarterback Kyle Caldwell was named GSC Offensive Player of the Year. North Alabama linebacker Tavarius Wilson earned the conference’s defensive player of the year accolade.

GULF-SOUTH-300-2Delta State quarterback Tyler Sullivan was selected GSC Offensive Freshman of the Year. Sharing the freshman defensive player of the year award with Stapleton was North Alabama defensive back Philbert Martial. Delta State’s Todd Cooley was chosen the league’s coach of the year.

GSC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QB, Kyle Caldwell, West Alabama
GSC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LB, Tavarius Wilson, North Alabama
GSC OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: QB, Tyler Sullivan, Delta State
GSC DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: DB, Philbert Martial, North Alabama
LB, Chris Stapleton, Florida Tech
GSC COACH OF THE YEAR: Todd Cooley, Delta State

 

2013 ALL-GSC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

POS NAME SCHOOL HT WT YEAR HOMETOWN
QB Kyle Caldwell West Alabama 5-7 165 JR Dadeville, AL
RB !Cedric O’Neal Valdosta State 5-11 203 SO Dublin, GA
RB *Javae Swindle West Alabama 5-4 162 SO Thorsby, AL
WR Ricky Hunt Delta State 5-10 175 JR Sardis, MS
WR *!Seantavius Jones Valdosta State 6-3 200 SR Tucker, GA
WR *Xavier Milton Florida Tech 6-0 190 JR Alameda, CA
WR #Chad Toocheck West Alabama 6-3 212 JR Medina, OH
TE *Gabe Hughes Florida Tech 6-4 235 SO Lighthouse Point, FL
AP Chris Coffey (RB) North Alabama 5-8 200 SR Decatur, AL
C Tyler Sizemore North Alabama 6-2 305 SR Apalachicola, FL
G Garrison Ushery West Georgia 6-1 335 JR Austell, GA
G *#William Wright West Georgia 6-3 310 SR Pompano Beach, FL
T #Taylor Burnett West Alabama 6-3 271 SR Spanish Fort, AL
T *Brandon White West Georgia 6-5 305 SR Cincinnati, OH

 

DEFENSE

POS NAME SCHOOL HT WT YEAR HOMETOWN
DL *Taylor Carney North Alabama 6-2 275 JR Killen, AL
DL Mario Gainer West Alabama 6-0 245 SR Gautier, MS
DL Ryan Jones West Alabama 6-2 250 JR Irondale, AL
DL !Diego Lubin Delta State 5-11 230 JR Winter Haven, FL
DL *#Lawrence Virgil Valdosta State 6-5 290 SR Quitman, GA
LB Tyrell Adams West Georgia 6-2 215 JR Atlanta, GA
LB !Rory Island Delta State 6-0 225 JR Waveland, MS
LB $Gabe Poe North Alabama 5-10 210 SR Pheba, MS
LB *!$Chris Pope Valdosta State 6-1 233 SR Jackson, GA
LB *!Tavarius Wilson North Alabama 5-11 225 SR Jackson, MS
DB *!Malcolm Butler West Alabama 5-11 180 SR Vicksburg, MS
DB *!Caleb Massey North Alabama 6-0 226 SR Sulligent, AL
DB *Demetruce McNeal West Alabama 6-2 185 SR College Park, GA
DB Dominique Wheeler Valdosta State 5-8 177 SR Stone Mountain, GA

SPECIAL TEAMS

POS NAME SCHOOL HT WT YEAR HOMETOWN
K Mark Grant West Alabama 5-7 160 FR Panama City, FL
P Dominic DeMasi Valdosta State 6-3 188 SO Savannah, GA
RS Michael Davison Delta State 5-0 160 FR Avondale, AZ
RS Derick Seward West Georgia 5-10 195 JR Wheatland, CA
BT Chase Penland West Georgia 6-0 205 SR Brooks, GA
UT Mabry Cook North Alabama 6-2 240 SR Brewton, AL
!—2012 First Team All-GSC #—2012 Second Team All-GSC
$—2011 First Team All-GSC *—Unanimous selection

2013 ALL-GSC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM

 

OFFENSE

POS NAME SCHOOL HT WT YEAR HOMETOWN
QB Tyler Sullivan Delta State 6-3 235 FR Louisville, MS
QB Bobby Vega Florida Tech 6-1 195 SR Miami, FL
RB #Lamonte Thompson North Alabama 5-8 175 SO Florence, AL
RB Kedrick Rhodes West Alabama 5-11 200 SR Ocala, FL
WR Regginald Lewis Valdosta State 6-1 183 SR Forest Park, GA
WR Malik Lofton West Alabama 6-0 185 SR Shubuta, MS
WR Casey Osborne Delta State 6-3 205 SO Flowery Branch, GA
WR Seth Roberts West Alabama 6-2 190 SR Tallahassee, FL
WR Jason Smith North Alabama 5-10 165 SR Gurley, AL
TE Ty Morgan West Alabama 6-3 242 SO Sweet Water, AL
AP Gary Johnston (QB) West Alabama 5-11 200 SR Gulf Shores, AL
C #Skeeter Sellers West Alabama 6-1 280 SR Enterprise, AL
G #David Lundberg North Alabama 6-1 310 SR Winfield, AL
G Ramsey Sellers Florida Tech 5-10 190 JR Wiggins, MS
G Felei Tauvae Valdosta State 6-1 355 JR American Somoa
T Ethan Corkren West Alabama 6-2 260 SR Brilliant, AL
T Keith Jones North Alabama 6-5 315 JR Birmingham, AL
T Kenston Redfearn North Alabama 6-3 310 SR Lexington, NC

 

DEFENSE

POS NAME SCHOOL HT WT YEAR HOMETOWN
DL #Tevin Davis Valdosta State 6-0 257 JR Forsyth, GA
DL Adrian Dinkins Delta State 6-3 260 JR Ridgeland, MS
DL Skylar Sheffield Florida Tech 6-3 305 FR Henderson, TN
LB Justin Arcune Florida Tech 6-2 230 JR Los Altos, CA
LB !Jeremy Grable Valdosta State 6-0 216 SR Alpharetta, GA
LB #Brion James North Alabama 6-1 190 SR Hahnville, LA
LB Chris Stapleton Florida Tech 5-11 215 FR Navarre, FL
LB Ricky Willis West Alabama 6-2 200 SR Columbiana, MS
DB Manny Abad Florida Tech 6-1 175 FR Fort Lauderdale, FL
DB Robert Jones West Alabama 6-1 180 SR Laurel, MS
DB Richard Nash Delta State 5-9 180 SO Macon, GA
DB Trenton Warren Delta State 5-10 185 SR Baytown, TX

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

POS NAME SCHOOL HT WT YEAR HOMETOWN
K Vince Sciorrotta Delta State 5-9 170 FR Cumming, GA
P James Dugan West Georgia 6-5 180 SO Carrollton, GA
BT Tyler O’Neal West Alabama 6-3 250 JR Little Rock, AR
BT Trenton Warren Delta State 5-10 185 SR Baytown, TX
UT Matt Humphries West Alabama 5-11 230 JR Hueytown, AL
!—2012 First Team All-GSC #—2012 Second Team All-GSC

NOTES: There were only two nominations for RS and both tied for First Team. The 2013 All-GSC Football Team was selected by the head coaches; Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players; Ties were not broken.


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