Hampton’s Grooms named VaSID First Team All-State

BLSZCVXTMZNHEYY.20160114200343HARRISONBURG, Va. – Hampton University senior defensive end Miles Grooms has been named First Team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), as the University Division All-State Teams were announced on Thursday.

In addition, senior wideout Twarn Mixson and senior offensive lineman Torrian White were each named Second Team All-State.

The teams were voted on by VaSID’s member sports information directors.

Grooms was a First Team All-MEAC selection after ranking second in the MEAC in sacks this season with 8.5, and his 46 tackles were fifth-most on the team. The Preseason First Team All-MEAC selection was a terror in the backfield for much of 2015, racking up two sacks each in wins over Delaware State and Morgan State.

Grooms also had a team-high 15 quarterback hurries and 16.0 tackles for loss on the season.

Mixson was named First Team All-MEAC for the second straight year, leading the conference in both receiving yards (93.4 per game) and receptions per contest (5.4). Mixson’s 1,027 receiving yards are the second-most in a single season in program history, and he is only the second Pirate receiver to have 1,000 yards in a season.

His 59 receptions are tied for the second-most in a single season in program history, and Mixson had five 100-yard receiving games – including a career-high 172 yards on nine catches in the season finale at Savannah State.

Mixson was also named a BoxToRow All-American.

White, who was also named First Team All-MEAC, helped the Pirates boast the second-best total offense in the MEAC, averaging 359.1 yards per game, and he was part of an offensive line that helped Hampton average more than 131 yards on the ground per contest.

White was also a BoxToRow All-America Honorable Mention.

James Madison’s Vad Lee was named VaSID Offensive Player of the Year, while DeAndre Houston-Carson of William & Mary was named Defensive Player of the Year and Virginia Tech’s Travon McMillian was named Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Richmond took the Defensive Rookie of the Year (Andrew Clyde) and Coach of the Year (Danny Rocco) honors.