ATLANTA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announces the 2011 SIAC Football All-Conference team as voted by the SIAC Football Coaches’ Association. The 2011 team is led by SIAC Player of the Year David Carter of Morehouse College, SIAC Offensive Player of the Year Stanley Jennings of Albany State University, and SIAC Defensive Player of the Year Jamarkus Gaskins of Albany State University.

Carter, a native of Marietta, GA, leads the SIAC in rushing and scoring with 1,495 yards (149.5 yards per game) and 19 touchdowns (114 points), respectively, both of which currently rank fourth nationally in Division II. The 5-10, 225-pound junior averaged 6.4 yards per carry, which leads the SIAC, on 235 attempts while also catching four passes for 47 yards. This season, Carter, a two-time All-SIAC first team selection, set a new NCAA Division II record for most rushing yards in a half with 251.

Jennings, a native of Marietta, GA, leads the SIAC with 2,312 yards and 23 touchdowns. The 6-2, 250-pound senior signal-caller also ranks second in the SIAC with 231.2 passing yards per game, 2,378 yards of total offense, and passing efficiency at 133.5. Jennings, who is a two-time SIAC Offensive Player of the Year, has a 19-3 record as a starter in two seasons and will look to lead Albany State to their second straight SIAC title in Saturday’s championship game.

In 10 games, Gaskins, a native of Tifton, GA, finished with 61 tackles and a conference-leading 12 sacks. The 6-2, 218-pound senior linebacker is fourth in the SIAC with 14.5 tackles for loss and totaled three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in the regular season.

Fort Valley State University running back Travis Richmond was selected as SIAC Freshman of the Year. In eight games, Richmond rushed for 574 yards on 92 carries and five touchdowns while also catching 14 passes for 81 yards. Richmond, who was also an All-SIAC second team selection, averaged 71.8 rushing yards per game which ranks third in the SIAC.

Miles College Head Coach Reginald Ruffin was selected as SIAC Coach of the Year. In his first season at Miles College, Ruffin led the Golden Bears to the first-ever SIAC West Division title, finishing with a 5-2 record in the SIAC and 6-4 overall. Ruffin will look to lead Miles to an SIAC title in Saturday’s championship game.

Evan Yabu of Lane College headlines the 2011 SIAC Football All-Academic team. Yabu, a senior Physical Education major, led the team with a 3.93 grade point average followed by Michael Johnson of Miles College and Johnny Pate of Stillman College, both of whom have a 3.92 grade point average.

Player of the Year:
David Carter, Morehouse College
Offensive Player of the Year: Stanley Jennings, Albany State University
Defensive Player of the Year: Jamarkus Gaskins, Albany State University
Freshman of the Year: Travis Richmond, Fort Valley State University
Coach of the Year: Reginald Ruffin, Miles College

2011 SIAC Football All-Conference Team

1st Team

QB       Stanley Jennings           SR        Marietta, GA                  Albany State University

RB        Jordan Lewis                 JR        Birmingham, AL             Miles College
RB        David Carter                  JR        Marietta, GA                  Morehouse College
WR       Christopher Slaughter    JR        Fort Valley, GA             Fort Valley State University
WR       Raphael Amey               SR        St. Thomas, VI              Kentucky State University
TE        Jovan Washington         SR        Cleveland, OH               Kentucky State University

OL        Hakeem Lassiter            JR        Paterson, NJ                 Albany State University
OL        Jessie Mitchell              SR        East St. Louis, IL           Kentucky State University
OL        Jared Garrett                 SR        Richmond, KY               Kentucky State University
OL        Marlon Jones                JR        Atlanta, GA                   Morehouse College
OL        Mike Coke                    JR        Stone Mountain, GA      Morehouse College


DL        Justin Blash                  JR        Alma, GA                      Albany State University
DL        Darel Strong                 SR        Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Clark Atlanta University
DL        Kyle Hurt                       SR        Memphis, TN                 Lane College
DL        Chigbo Anunoby           SR        Jefferson City, MO        Morehouse College
LB        Jamarkus Gaskins         SR        Tifton, GA                     Albany State University
LB        Corey Jones                 SR        Compton, CA                Lane College
LB        Isaiah Person                SR        Auburn, AL                    Tuskegee University

DB       Rashad McRae              SR        Douglas, GA                 Albany State University
DB       Ricky Johnson              SR        Atlanta, GA                   Fort Valley State University
DB       Tyren Futch                   JR        Indianapolis, IN             Lane College
DB       Justin Oliver                  JR        Pennsauken, NJ            Morehouse College

Special Teams

KR        Keith Massey                SR        Columbus, OH              Kentucky State University
PR        Demario Barber             SR        Ashburn, GA                 Fort Valley State University
K          Alejandro Perez-Huerta  JR        Rex, GA                        Stillman College
P          Marquette King              SR        Macon, GA                   Fort Valley State University

2nd Team


QB       Jerrel Noland                 SR        Detroit, MI                     Kentucky State University

RB        Nathan Hoyte                JR        Waldorf, MD                 Albany State University
RB        Travis Richmond           FR        Fort Valley, GA             Fort Valley State University

WR       Ronnie Tubbs                JR        Yazoo City, MS             Albany State University
WR       Derrick Hector               SR        Mobile, AL                    Morehouse College

TE        Thomas Logan              SR        Gulfport, MS                 Stillman College

OL        Lester Jackson              JR        Tuscaloosa, AL             Miles College
OL        Jarvis Canty                  SR        Great Falls, SC              Morehouse College
OL        Kevin Brown                  SR        Houston, TX                  Stillman College
OL        Charlie Craige                SR        Mobile, AL                    Tuskegee University
OL        Darius Graham              SR        Huntsville, AL                Tuskegee University


DL        Antorio Wells                SR        Rowe, GA                     Albany State University
DL        Jamaal Massaline          SR        Sebring, AL                   Benedict College
DL        Emanuel Williams          SR        Baxley, GA                   Fort Valley State University
DL        Jeremy Hall                   SO       Montgomery, AL           Stillman College

LB        Ricky Moore                 SR        Brooklyn, NY                Clark Atlanta University
LB        Courtney Daniel             SR        Eatonton, GA                Fort Valley State University
LB        Jarell Thomas                SR        Dothan, AL                   Stillman College

DB       Jeremy Vaughn             JR        Starkville, MS                Benedict College
DB       Keith Massey                SR        Columbus, OH              Kentucky State University
DB       Tyrell Kinder                  FR        Jackson, AL                  Miles College
DB       Darrius Williams            SR        Detroit, MI                     Morehouse College

Special Teams

KR        Orion Ponder                SO       Moultrie, GA                  Albany State University
PR        Raphael Amey               SR        Saint Thomas, VI           Kentucky State University
K          Cade Berryman             FR        Irvine, KY                      Kentucky State University
P          Ronnie Partridge           SR        Ridge Spring, SC          Stillman College

2011 SIAC Football All-Academic Team

Evan Yabu                    SR        Physical Ed.                 3.93      Lane College
Michael Johnson           SR        Accounting                   3.92      Miles College
Johnny Pate                  JR        Biology                         3.92      Stillman College
Deshon Floyd               SO       Undeclared                   3.89      Kentucky State University
Sean Moore                  SO       Chemistry                     3.83      Morehouse College
Ronnie Garcia               SO       Political Science            3.81      Miles College
Derrick Miles                 SO       Health & P.E.                3.77      Stillman College
Clifford Mpare               SR        Political Science            3.77      Morehouse College
Micah Baisden              JR        Health/PE                     3.74      Fort Valley State University
Quentin Jones               SO       Accounting                   3.73      Miles College
Shelton Hamilton           SO       Business Administration3.73      Morehouse College


Ben Baxter
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