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LA Tech, Grambling players earn spots on LSWA All-State team

by Minden Press-Herald

Three Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and a Grambling State have been rewarded for their strong seasons by being selected to the Louisiana Sports Writers Associations (LSWA) All-Louisiana Football Team for the 2021 season.

LA Tech sophomore linebacker Tyler Grubbs earned first-team honors on the defensive side while also receiving a vote for defensive player of the year. 

Bulldogs defensive back BeeJay Williamson, a redshirt junior was named as a second-team selection on defense, while Smoke Harris was placed on the all-offense second-team and listed as an honorable mention for special teams as a return specialist.

A panel of LSWA and sports media relations personnel voted on nominations submitted by the schools at each of the positions through the regular season. School media relations members could not vote for their own players. 

Grubbs, a New Orleans native, totaled 97 total tackles including 10 tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles for the Bulldogs in 2021. He was also named second team All-Conference USA, ranked fifth in the league in tackles and led the Bulldogs in both total tackles and tackles for loss. Grubbs had three double digit tackle games, including 13-tackle efforts against SMU and Southern Miss.

Williamson, a Dallas ative, finished the season with 52 total tackles, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles while appearing in 11 games. 

He led the Bulldogs’ secondary in interceptions and was third on the team in total tackles. His top performance came in the second week of the season at home vs Southeastern where he registered six tackles, two interceptions, and forced two fumbles. 

Harris, a native of St. Francisville, led the Bulldogs in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Harris completed his junior campaign appearing in all 12 games netting 71 receptions for 756 yards and six touchdowns. Harris also added 195 punt return yards on 22 attempts for an average of 8.9 yards per return ranking him No. 3 in C-USA and top 20 in the country.

Grambling State University sophomore defensive lineman Sundiata Anderson was selected to the Second Team

 Anderson, a First Team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) selection, finished with 31 total tackles, including 21 solo stops as he was a defensive force for the Tigers. 

The College Park, Georgia, native registered a team-high five sacks and 7.5 tackles for a loss of 42 yards. 

In addition, the defensive lineman forced a team-high three fumbles, had two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup.

Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Cole Kelly was named the Louisiana Player of the Year while former Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Billy Napier took home Coach of the Year honors. 

Tech running back Marcus Williams Jr. finished second in the voting for Newcomer of the Year behind Southeastern Louisiana tight end Nolan Givan.

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