Eight WKU freshman named to ‘unofficial’ Sun Belt football all-frosh squad

8 05 2010

This is probably a bit late to pass along, but better that than never I’d say. 

Most all of the Sun Belt school beat writers (myself included) around the league have gotten together and put together an all-freshman squad for the 2009 season– something the league itself doesn’t actually put out. 

In any event, here’s how it shook down:



Riley Dodge, UNT: Recorded 2,438 yards of total offense and 14 TDs. Passed for 1975 yards and 9 TDs with 15 INTs and ran for 463 yards and 5 TDs.


Shawn Southward, Troy: Had 110 carries for 602 yards and 12 TDs for league champions and was Sun Belt Freshman of the Year.

Yobes Walker, ULL: Was second on team in rushing with 412 yards, 3.6 yards per carry and 2 TDs in 10 games.


Darius Carey, UNT: Was second on team with 57 catches for 509 yards and 4 TDs and had 670 all-purpose yards. 

Taylor Stockemer, Arkansas State: Made 16 receptions for 347 yards and a touchdown despite being limited by injuries early in year.


Jack Doyle, WKU: Made 37 catches for 365 yards and 1 TD.


Jaron Odom, ULL: Key reserve lineman on team that allowed only 16 sacks, making one start and playing in all 12 games.

 Rupert Bryan, FIU: Team averaged 321.7 yards of total offense per game.

 Aaron Fortenbery, UNT: Blocked for league’s second-leading rusher in RB Lance Dunbar.

Kyle Wilborn, Troy: Started 12 of 13 games at right tackle, missing one to injury, for league’s top offense.

Adam Smith, WKU: Started at right guard for a young offensive unit. 


Grant Clayton, ULM: Handled 51 kickoffs, averaging 56.7 with 4 touchbacks.



Tourek Williams, FIU: Had 28 tackles, 5 for loss, 1 sack and 2 blocked kicks.

Rammell Lewis, WKU: Made 26 tackles and had 1 blocked kick.

 KC Obi, UNT: Logged 26 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 1 forced fumble.


Nathan Herrold, Arkansas State: Made 41 tackles in 10 games before hurting his knee late in season.

 David Hinds, FAU: Started the final three games and finished with 24 tackles.

 Justin Jones, MTSU: Had 26 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass breakup, 1 pass deflection, 1 quarterback hurry and 1 fumble recovery.

 Jeremy Phillips, UNT: Had 37 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 interceptions and 1 forced fumble.


Bryan Willis, Troy: Started all 13 games and had 12 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and returned an onside kick for a TD. 

Jonathan Cyprien, FIU: Recorded 78 tackles, 4 pass deflections, 3 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 1 interception.

Kenneth Gilstrap, MTSU: Had 20 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hurry, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries despite missing final 5 games due to injury.

Kareem Peterson, WKU: Had 57 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery.


Will Atterberry, UNT: Averaged 39 yards on 55 punts and had 3 touchbacks, 8 fair catches, 22 inside the 20.


Wayne Times, FIU Averaged 21.8 yards on 22 kickoff returns.

Honorable mention

QB  Kawaun Jakes, WKU; Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State. RB Ben Cunningham, MTSU; Isaiah Newsome, ULM. WR Javone Lawson, ULL; Wayne Times, FIU; Harold Turner, MTSU; Josh Jarboe, Troy; Marcus Vasquez, WKU. TE Kedric Murry, Arkansas State. OL Eric Allen, Arkansas State, Dave Istanich, FIU. K Brett Baer, ULL. DL Tevinn Cantly, UNT; Kenny Martin, WKU. LB Kanorris Davis, Troy; Chuck Franks, WKU, Cameron Blakes, ULM. DB Robert Nelson, ULM; Jamal Forrest, WKU.




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