COLUMBIA, Ky. – Cedric Washington was named the Offensive Freshman of the Year and 10 Lindsey Wilson football student-athletes earned all-conference team honors as the Mid-South Conference West Division annual awards were announced on Wednesday.
Washington leads the Blue Raiders with 690 receiving yards, the most by a freshman in the conference. He has 30 catches, seven touchdown receptions and averages 62.7 receiving yards per game. Washington has three games of over 100 receiving yards this season with a career-high 160 yards coming against Campbellsville (Ky.). He averages 23.0 yards per reception.
Washington becomes the fourth-consecutive Blue Raider to earn conference Freshman of the Year honors following Avery Ford (2013), Allen Cooks (2014) and Jay Gaudlock (2015).
Six Blue Raiders earned a spot on the MSC West First Team including Marcus Graham, Cooks, Jalen Sublett, Tony Brackins, Ford and Hunter Lovell, while Corey Smith, Dylan Beasley, Steve Wallace, D’Andre Hart and Cooks were represented on the MSC West Second Team.
Sublett leads the team with 134 rushes, 827 total net yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground. He averages 6.2 yards per carry and 75.2 rushing yards per game. Sublett also has 16 catches for 237 yards and one touchdown. He has accounted for 108 total points of offense, which is the seventh most by an individual in the NAIA. In the regular-season finale against Bethel (Tenn.), Sublett ran for a program record 228 rushing yards, the first Blue Raider to ever eclipse the 200-yard mark.
Cooks earned First Team honors as a slot receiver and Second Team honors as a return specialist. It marks the third-straight season he has earned all-conference honors after being named an MSC East First Team member in 2014 and MSC West First Team member in 2015, both as a return specialist.
Ford also earns his third all-time conference honor after earning First Team MSC East honors in 2013 and Second Team MSC West honors in 2015.
Brackins earns his second-straight First Team selection while Wallace picks up his second-consecutive Second Team honor. After earning Second Team honors last season, Lovell is on the First Team in 2016 as a punter.
Graham helps spearhead an offensive line that leads the nation in first downs per game (27.1), is second in the NAIA in third down conversions (52.6), and is third in total scoring offense (546).
Brackins has two interceptions on the year and is second on the team with 76 total tackles, including 27 solo. Ford has one interception and 42 total tackles on the year. Both Brackins and Ford have contributed to Lindsey Wilson’s defensive pass efficiency (110.6), which ranks 18th in the NAIA.
Lovell has 26 punts for 1,014 yards with an average punt of 39.0 yards. His longest punt of the season is 64 yards. Lovell adds 25 catches for 390 yards and three touchdowns.
As a receiver, Cooks leads the team with 49 catches. He has 537 total receiving yards to go along with four touchdowns. He also has eight rushing attempts for 29 yards. As a return specialist, Cooks has 28 punt returns for 371 yards – the third most in the NAIA – averaging 13.3 yards per return, the eighth most in the nation. He has returned 21 kickoffs for 442 yards for an average of 21.0 yards per return. Cooks leads the team in all-purpose yards with 1,379.
Smith has 16 catches for 199 yards from his tight end position, averaging 12.4 yards per reception.
Beasley has competed 212-of-321 passing attempts for 3,104 yards and 32 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He averages 282.2 passing yards per game and has a passing efficiency of 175.8, which is the fifth best in the NAIA. Beasley has gone over 300 passing yards in six games this season for the Blue Raiders. He also has scored seven rushing touchdowns with 111 total net yards.
Wallace has a team-high 6.5 tackles for loss and 48 total tackles, including 14 solo this season.
Hart has one interception, two sacks and four tackles for loss this season. He has 64 total tackles which includes a team-best 30 solo tackles.
Campbellsville’s (Ky.) Tyus Alcorn and Reinhardt’s (Ga.) LJ Stegall were named MSC West Co-Offensive Players of the Year. Cumberland’s (Tenn.) Nathan Jerrigan was the Defensive Player of the Year, Campbellsville’s Justin Manning was the Defensive Freshman of the Year and Reinhardt’s Drew Cronic is the Coach of the Year.
The individual awards and the all-conference team are selected by a vote of the West Division’s coaches. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.
The No. 8-ranked Blue Raiders host No. 10 Grand View (Iowa) in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series Playoffs on Saturday at Blue Raider Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon CT.