Florida Tech Panthers Have Four Players Named to All Gulf South Conference Teams
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // November 17, 2018
jt hassell named defensive player of the year in gsc
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Gulf South Conference released it 2018 All-Conference teams and four Panthers were among the student-athletes recognized by the league. J.T. Hassell, Adonis Davis, and Romell Guerrier were named to the All-GSC First Team while Antwuan Haynes earned second-team honors.
Hassell highlighted Florida Tech’s selections as the senior was recognized as the GSC Defensive Player of the Year. The Titusville-product is the second Panther in program history to win the award, joining J.J. Sanders who received it following the 2015 season.
Hassell was the top tackler in the league with a school record 105 stops this season, including 69 solo tackles and 15 tackles for loss. He also forced three fumbles on the year, putting him in a four-way tie for the league lead in that category.
The senior linebacker also set the program single-game records this year for most tackles in a game with 20 versus Mississippi College and sacks in a game with four at Wingate. This is his second All-GSC selection after earning second-team honors last in 2017.
Davis is making his third consecutive appearance on the All-GSC First Team as he earned the similar honors during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The Columbus, Ohio ranked eighth in the league in tackles with 68, including 44 of the solo variety.
The senior defensive lineman tied for the GSC-lead with three forced fumbles while also leading the league in tackles for loss (16) and sacks (7). Davis set the program records for career tackles for loss (52) and career sacks (22) this season. He already owned the single-season marks in both categories prior to the start of the 2018 campaign.
Guerrier is voted to the All-GSC team for the second time in his career. The senior wideout was one of the offensive leaders for Florida Tech this season.
A native of Miami, Fla., Guerrier led the GSC in five receiving categories this year, including most receptions (56), yards (946), touchdowns (12), yards per game (86.0) and receptions per game (5.1). He caught a touchdown in eight out of 11 games this year and passed Xavier Milton for the most receiving touchdowns in a single season with 12.
Haynes is appearing on the All-GSC squads for the fourth time in his Florida Tech career. The senior running back was a second-team All-GSC selection and the league Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2015, and the past two seasons was named to the All-GSC First Team.
Haynes ranked fifth in the conference with 807 rushing yards and 92.9 all-purpose yards per game. The Fort Lauderdale-product had five rushing touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 215 yards in 2018.
This season, Haynes became the program’s all-time leader in multiple categories, including touchdowns (30), rushing touchdowns (25), rushing yards (3,462), and all-purpose yards (5,344).
These four seniors, along with the rest of the Florida Tech football team, are preparing to compete in the program’s second-ever NCAA Playoff game. The Panthers, who are the No. 6 seed in Super Region 2, will take on No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Moretz Stadium in Hickory, N.C.
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