OL Colby Thomas Sam Houston State Jr. Manvel, Texas DL Kameron Hill Abilene Christian Jr. Fresno, Texas DB Zyon McCollum2 Sam Houston State Jr. Galveston, Texas All-Southland Conference teams are voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. PK Storm Ruiz Stephen F. Austin Sr. League City, Texas In year two under Scelfo’s direction, the Lions went from a 4-7 team in 2018 to a 7-4 squad in the FCS Playoffs. With an offense that ranks third among FCS programs in pass yards per game (328.5) and a defense that ranks second nationally in sacks per game (3.70), SLU took down two opponents ranked No. 6 at the time of their game (Jacksonville State, Central Arkansas). LB Royce See Sam Houston State Sr. Shepherd, Texas 2019 Southland Conference Football First Team All-Conference Defense WR Quan Shorts Northwestern State Sr. Humble, Texas OL Toby Sanderson Central Arkansas Jr. Edmond, Okla. PR Devonte Williams2 Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Columbia, Md. DB Xavier Lewis Southeastern Louisiana Sr. LaPlace, La. P Matt McRobert Sam Houston State R-Jr. Berowra, Australia Player of the Year: Sully Laiche, NichollsOffensive Player of the Year: Chase Fourcade, NichollsDefensive Player of the Year: Chris Livings, McNeeseNewcomer of the Year: Trace Mascorro, Sam Houston StateFreshman of the Year: Tyler Hudson, Central ArkansasOffensive Lineman of the Year: PJ Burkhalter, NichollsCoach of the Year: Frank Scelfo, Southeastern Louisiana2019 Southland Conference Football First Team All-Conference Offense In total, 17 honorees are returning all-Southland selections, led by Laiche and teammate Allen Pittman with their fourth picks. UCA running back Carlos Blackman is the lone three-time honoree. Pos. Name School Class Hometown Named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the FCS’ top defensive player, Laiche totaled 19.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in the regular season to bring his career totals to 59 TFL and 35.5 sacks. His sack total is the fourth-highest in Southland Conference history. OL Jair Joseph Nicholls Jr. Belle Rose, La. Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist and Lamar garnered five picks each, and UIW, Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin rounded out the teams with four selections apiece. RB Tracy James Abilene Christian Sr. Dallas, Texas LB Hunter Brown Sam Houston State R-Sr. Weston, Fla. Burkhalter served as the starting center and left guard for Nicholls, who led the Southland with just over 200 rushing yards per game and ranked second in scoring (32.8) and total offense per game (449.7). DB Jaylon Jimmerson UIW Fr. Pittsburg, Texas DL Andre Walker Houston Baptist Sr. Slidell, La. DL Cody Roscoe McNeese Jr. Houston, Texas KR Xavier Gipson Stephen F. Austin Fr. Dallas, Texas OL Hunter Watts2 Central Arkansas Sr. San Antonio, Texas Last year’s Player of the Year, Fourcade finished his final regular season as the most efficient passer in the league in both overall (151.3) and conference-only games (157.7). He ranked ninth among FCS quarterbacks in completion percentage (66.1) and averaged the second-most yards of total offense in Southland contests (303.2). DB Willie Roberts Stephen F. Austin Fr. Fort Worth, Texas DL Chris Livings2 McNeese Sr. Lake Charles, La. DL Cole Burgess Abilene Christian Sr. North Richland Hills, Texas PK Hayden Ray Central Arkansas So. Bryant, Ark. The first defensive player to earn the league’s top annual honor since 2007 (Bryan Smith, McNeese), Laiche led all FCS players with 2.1 tackles for loss per game and ranked fifth nationally in sacks per game (1.1). He led the Southland with 9.0 sacks in conference play and recorded at least one TFL in each of his nine starts. DB Shemar Bartholomew Northwestern State So. New Orleans, La. DB Kevin Moore III Nicholls Jr. Lafayette, La. DL Jevon Leon Sam Houston State Fr. Houston, Texas KR Cameron Myers Central Arkansas R-Fr. Plant City, Fla. DL Nathan Grant Central Arkansas Jr. Carrollton, Texas RB Donovan Williams Sam Houston State So. Paris, Texas DB Jaylen Thomas Sam Houston State Jr. Houston, Texas RB Justin Pratt McNeese Sr. Spring, Texas 2019 Southland Conference Football Individual Superlative Winners DB Juan Jackson2 Central Arkansas Sr. Gardendale, Ala. OL PJ Burkhalter Nicholls R-Jr. Franklinton, La. 2019 Southland Conference Football Third Team All-Conference Offense DL Trace Mascorro Sam Houston State Jr. Refugio, Texas PR Michael Lawson Lamar Jr. Patterson, Calif. 2019 Southland Conference Football Second Team All-Conference Offense 2019 Southland Conference Football Second Team All-Conference Defense OL Grant Burguillos2 McNeese Sr. Mandeville, La. QB Chase Fourcade2 Nicholls Sr. Metairie, La. PR Cyron Sutton McNeese Jr. New Orleans, La. TE/HB Bransen Schwebel2 Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Amite, La. LB Jeremiah Chambers2 Abilene Christian Sr. Austin, Texas QB Breylin Smith Central Arkansas So. Conway, Ark. WR Xavier Gipson Stephen F. Austin Fr. Dallas, Texas DL Sully Laiche4 Nicholls Sr. Gramercy, La. OL Pat Allen Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Reisertown, Md. OL Jarius Gooch Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Water Valley, Miss. Pos. Name School Class Hometown DL Joseph Wallace Sam Houston State Jr. Dallas, Texas OL Jaylin Hendrix Central Arkansas So. Everman, Texas P Blake Patterson Houston Baptist Jr. Round Rock, Texas OL Brandon Floores2 UIW Sr. La Vernia, Texas Pos. Name School Class Hometown WR Ben Ratzlaff Houston Baptist Jr. San Diego, Calif. Laiche is one of seven superlative award winners announced Tuesday, along with Offensive Player of the Year Chase Fourcade (Nicholls) and Defensive Player of the Year Chris Livings (McNeese). Sam Houston State’s Trace Mascorro is the Newcomer of the Year, and Central Arkansas’ Tyler Hudson is the Freshman of the Year. The Offensive Lineman of the Year Award goes to Nicholls’ PJ Burkhalter, and Southeastern Louisiana’s Frank Scelfo is the Coach of the Year. Joining Laiche as one of just nine players in conference history to compile 30 career sacks, Livings finished the year with 9.5, which was good for third in the Southland. Livings recorded a team-high 12 tackles for loss and posted at least half a sack in each of the team’s final five games, including a season-high three against Northwestern State. A transfer from UTEP, Mascorro started all 12 games at defensive tackle for the Bearkats, who led the league in tackles for loss and sacks as a team. He tallied 15.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. Mascorro registered at least two TFL in five games. LB Laryon James Nicholls Sr. Baton Rouge, La. WR Austin Mitchell Southeastern Louisiana R-Jr. Plaquemine, La. LB TJ Campbell Central Arkansas So. Southaven, Miss. FRISCO, Texas – For the second-straight season, a Nicholls student-athlete headlines the Southland Football All-Conference Teams as defensive lineman Sully Laiche is the conference’s Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Pos. Name School Class Hometown Central Arkansas leads the way with 13 total all-conference selections, followed by Nicholls and Sam Houston State each with 12. Southeastern Louisiana placed 11 on the all-league teams while McNeese had nine honorees. DB Robert Rochell Central Arkansas Jr. Shreveport, La. Pos. Name School Class Hometown Pos. Name School Class Hometown DB Darion Dunn McNeese Jr. Oakdale, La. LB Allen Pittman4 Nicholls Sr. St. Rose, La. DB Adonis Davis Abilene Christian Sr. Bastrop, Texas DL Daniel Crosley2 Lamar Sr. DeRidder, La. QB Chason Virgil Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Mesquite, Texas RB Julien Gums Nicholls So. New Orleans, La. LB Alexis Ramos Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Salinas, Calif. A finalist for the Jerry Rice Award (top FCS freshman), Hudson made an immediate impact with a touchdown grab in his first game, an upset of FBS foe Western Kentucky. He went on to finish tied for the league lead with 12 touchdowns and hauled in a conference-best 10 scoring receptions in league play. WR Jerreth Sterns Houston Baptist So. Waxahachie, Texas RB Devonte Williams Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Columbia Md. P Bailey Raborn McNeese Jr. Lafayette, La. DB Cory McCoy McNeese Jr. Leesville, La. PK Bailey Giffen Lamar Jr. Bryan, Texas OL Tyler Edwards Sam Houston State R-Sr. Buna, Texas WR Cyron Sutton McNeese Jr. New Orleans, La. DB Ferlando Jordan Southeastern Louisiana R-So. Atlanta, Ga. TE/HB Woody Brandom Sam Houston State R-Sr. Corona, Calif. KR Gamar Girdy Brito Houston Baptist Sr. Victoria, Texas OL Terence Hickman2 UIW Sr. Converse, Texas 2019 Southland Conference Football Third Team All-Conference Defense WR Tyler Hudson Central Arkansas Fr. Spring, Texas OL Tamatoa Neher Lamar Sr. Hauula, Hawaii RB Carlos Blackman3 Central Arkansas Sr. Gosnell, Ark. WR Dai’Jean Dixon2 Nicholls Jr. New Orleans, La. LB Ja’Quay Pough Northwestern State Jr. Sherman, Texas LB Kelechi Anyalabechi UIW So. Pearland, Texas OL Bradston Burnside Nicholls Sr. Hattiesburg, Miss. DB Khristian Mims2 Nicholls Sr. Baton Rouge, La. WR Lujuan Winningham Central Arkansas So. Humble, Texas OL Chris Zirkle2 Northwestern State Sr. League City, Texas DB Michael Lawson Lamar Jr. Patterson, Calif. DL Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia TE/HB Jordan Talley Nicholls Sr. Clinton, La.