Florida Tech’ Linebacker J.T. Hassell Named D2CCA First Team All-American
By Space Coast Daily // December 13, 2018
Redshirt-senior is second player in program history to earn All-America honors from D2CCA
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The accolades continue to roll in for J.T. Hassell he has been named a First Team All-America by the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) on Wednesday.
Hassell becomes the 19th player in program history to earn All-America honors. He is just the second Panther to be named an All-American by the D2CCA, and is the first player to receive first-team laurels from the organization.
The local product out of Titusville, Florida was also a First Team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) this season.
A redshirt-senior linebacker, Hassell became the second player in program history to be named Defensive Player of the Year for the Gulf South Conference.
He was selected to the All-GSC First Team for the first time in his career and was a nominee for the Harlon Hill Division II Player of the Year Award. Recently, Hassell was placed on the D2CCA All-Region First Team and is now up for All-America honors from the organization.
Hassell led the GSC, and ranked 21st in the nation, with 124 total tackles this season, while his 76 solo stops ranked first in the league and ninth nationally.
Hassell also led the GSC in tackles per game (10.3) and forced fumbles (3), in addition to ranking sixth in the conference in tackles for loss (9.5) and seventh in sacks (4.5).
This season, Hassell set school records for tackles in a season (124), solo tackles in a season (76), tackles in a single game (20.0), and sacks in a single game (4.0).
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