Three Weevils on all-conference teams
Three Arkansas-Monticello football players were selected to postseason Gulf South Conference football teams announced Thursday, November 12.
Junior linebacker Carlton Johnson earned first-team honors, while junior receiver Jywin Ceaser and junior safety Michael Servantes were named to the second team. All-GSC players are selected by a vote of league coaches.
Johnson led UAM in tackles and ranked seventh among GSC players with 81 (42 solo), including 3 1/2 for a loss. He also had 2 1/2 sacks, five pass deflections, one quarterback hurry and a forced fumble.
Ceaser led the Weevils in receptions and receiving yards with 61 catches for 885 yards and five touchdowns. Ceaser had three games of at least 100 yards receiving, including a season high of 10 catches for 187 yards in a 44-17 homecoming win over Harding on October 24. Ceaser finished the season ranked fourth in the GSC in receiving yards per game (88.5) and sixth in receptions per game (6.1).
Servantes earned second-team honors as a kick-blocking specialist. He had two blocked kicks, tied for best in the GSC. Both blocks came in UAM’s 34-32 win over Ouachita Baptist on October 3. The first was returned for a touchdown, while the second thwarted OBU's potential game-winning field goal with 32 seconds left.
North Alabama led all teams with 17 total selections to all-GSC squads, including nine on the first team. Arkansas Tech had 10 total selections, five on the first team, and the GSC offensive player of the year in quarterback Nick Graziano.
North Alabama linebacker Michael Johnson was named defensive player of the year. Valdosta State (Ga.) wide receiver Gerald Ford was named offensive freshman of the year, while defensive freshman of the year went to West Alabama defensive back Shontral Ford.
North Alabama's Terry Bowden and Arkansas Tech's Steve Mullins shared the GSC coach of the year honor.
Tech will travel to UNA this Saturday, November 21, for the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Lions hosted the Wonder Boys during the regular season, winning 42-17.
West Alabama is also still alive in the playoffs and will travel to Carson-Newman (Tenn.) on Saturday.
<em>Information obtained from a UAM sports release by Brian Ramsey.</em>