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College football: Grambling State puts three on All-SWAC Team

by Russell Hedges

Grambling State placed three-student-athletes on the 2023 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) All-Conference teams, announced by the conference on Monday morning. 

Defensive end Sundiata Anderson and punter Jimmy Iles earned All-SWAC First Team honors while running back Chance Williams landed on the All-SWAC Second Team. 

Anderson continued to be a leader and disruptive force on the Grambling State defense this season. The senior from College Park, Ga. racked up 60 total tackles, 32 solo tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He ranked ninth in the SWAC in sacks.

Iles was one of the best punters in the SWAC in flipping field position and putting his team in position to win. Iles averaged 40.8 yards per punt on 59 punts. No punter in the SWAC pinned teams inside the 20 as much as Iles did. He placed SWAC-high 23 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. He had nine punts over 50 yards with a long of 65 yards. He also gave up only two touchbacks, the third least in the SWAC.

Williams had a breakout season for GSU this season. The sophomore from Baton Rouge, La. ran for 878 yards and six touchdowns on 148 carries. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry. His 878 rushing yards ranks him second in the SWAC. Williams was also key contributor to the Tigers air attack, making 15 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown. He ran for over a 100 yards three times this season, including a career-high 174-yard performance in a win over Texas Southern.

All-SWAC First Team Offense
Quarterback: Jeremy Moussa, Florida A&M
Running Back: LaDarius Owens, Texas Southern 
Running Back: Jarveon Howard, Alcorn State 
Offensive Lineman: Eric Dunn, Prairie View A&M
Offensive Lineman: Cameron Covin, Florida A&M
Offensive Lineman: Robert Alston IV, Alabama State
Offensive Lineman: Deontae Graham, Jackson State
Offensive Lineman: Ryan Atkins, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Wide Receiver: Kisean Johnson, Alabama State 
Wide Receiver: Monterio Hunt, Alcorn State 
Tight End: Tavarious Griffin, Alcorn State 

All-SWAC First Team Defense
Defensive Lineman: Malachi Bailey, Alcorn State 
Defensive Lineman: Anthony Dunn Jr., Florida A&M
Defensive Lineman: Sundiata Anderson, Grambling State
Defensive Lineman: Ckelby Givens, Southern 
Linebacker: Isaiah Major, Florida A&M
Linebacker: Colton Adams, Alabama State 
Linebacker: Rico Dozier, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Defensive Back: Omari Hill-Robinson, Bethune-Cookman 
Defensive Back: Kendall Bohler, Florida A&M
Defensive Back: Jordan Carter, Southern 
Defensive Back: Eric Smith, Florida A&M

All-SWAC First Team Specialist
Place Kicker: Cameron Gillis, Florida A&M
Punter: Jimmy Iles, Grambling State
Return Specialist: Terrell Gardner, Alabama A&M
Long Snapper: Braxston Blackwell, Southern 

All-SWAC Second Team Offense
Quarterback: Aaron Allen, Alcorn State 
Running Back: Chance Williams, Grambling State
Running Back: Donovan Eaglin, Alabama A&M
Offensive Lineman: Ashton Grable, Florida A&M
Offensive Lineman: Arrington Taylor, Prairie View A&M
Offensive Lineman: Dominic Boyd, Alabama State
Offensive Lineman: Arelious Dunn, Alabama State
Offensive Lineman: Evan Henry, Jackson State 
Wide Receiver: Jah’Marae Sheread, Florida A&M
Wide Receiver: Marcus Riley, Florida A&M
Tight End: D.J. Stevens, Jackson State 

All-SWAC Second Team Defense
Defensive Lineman: Tahj Brown, Southern 
Defensive Lineman: Gentle Hunt, Florida A&M
Defensive Lineman: Treqwan Thomas, Alabama State
Defensive Lineman: Zareon Hayes, Alabama A&M
Linebacker: Isaac Peppers, Jackson State 
Linebacker: Jacob Williams, Texas Southern 
Linebacker: Johnny Chaney Jr., Florida A&M
Defensive Back: Emari Pait, Alabama A&M
Defensive Back: Keenan Leachman, Alcorn State
Defensive Back: Mikey Victor, Alabama State
Defensive Back: Lovie Jenkins, Florida A&M

All-SWAC Second Team Specialist

Place Kicker: Joshua Griffin, Southern 
Punter: Matt Noll, Jackson State 
Return Specialist: Robert McMinn, Alabama State 
Long Snapper: Clayton Thomas Jr., Bethune-Cookman

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