FCS 2018 Southern Awards


Offensive Player of the Year: Devlin Hodges, QB, Samford

Hodges was named to multiple All-America teams again this year.
Photo: The Comeback

Hodges set a school record for single-season passing yards, throwing for 4,283 yards this season, breaking the old record of 4,088, set by Hodges in 2016. He also became the all-time leader in career passing yards in FCS history. His 14,584 career passing yards broke the old FCS national record of 14,496, set by Steve “Air” McNair at Alcorn State from 1991-94. Hodges also threw 32 touchdown passes this year.


Defensive Player of the Year: Isaiah Mack, DL, Chattanooga

Isaiah Mack of UT Chattanooga is one of the best FCS players in the country.
Photo: UTC Athletics

Mack, who was named a finalist for the 2018 Buck Buchanan Award, posted 8.5 sacks, 11.5 TFLs and two forced fumbles on the year.  The Tunnel Hill, Ga., native was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week by SouthernPigskin.com after leading the Mocs with nine tackles in a 34-27 win over VMI on Oct. 27. His 8.5 sacks on the year are second in the Southern Conference and No. 19 in the FCS.  He has 21.0 career sacks, which is fourth-place all-time at UTC.


Freshman of the Year — Quay Holmes, RB, ETSU

Holmes, the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, earned the accolade for all-purpose yards as he totaled 1,480 yards in his first season with the Blue and Gold. The first team all-SoCon selection racked up 928 rushing, 279 receiving and 273 kickoff return yards en route to ranking 22nd among FCS players in all-purpose yards (second among freshman). Holmes became just the third player in ETSU history to rush for double-digit touchdowns as his 13 rushing scores were tied for second all-time by a Buccaneer and ranked 10th in the FCS this season.


Jacobs Blocking Award — Matt Pyke, OC, ETSU

Pyke barks out the line calls.
Photo: Johnson City Press

Pyke, who picked up his fourth All-American honor this postseason, played in 789 of the 795 possible snaps this season for the Bucs. The Clinton, Tenn. native received the Jacobs Blocking Award, which is given to the top offensive lineman in the Southern Conference, while also earning first team all-SoCon honors. Pyke started all 45 games over his playing career, while his blocking this season led the Blue and Gold turn in nine 100-yard rushing games and four games of over 200 yards.

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