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Southern U QB leads BOXTOROW All-American Team

Special to The Atlanta Voice | 12/20/2013, 10:14 a.m.

Tennessee State safety Daniel Fitzpatrick was the leading vote-getter in the defensive secondary.  Fitzpatrick is second in FCS in interceptions (8); he returned the interceptions for 140 yards and three touchdowns.  He also broke up eight passes and registered 75 tackles (52 solo).  Joining Fitzpatrick is Jackson State’s Qua Cox, making the team for the second-straight year, Nick Addison of Bethune-Cookman, and Evans. Evans led the nation with 11 interceptions, returning those interceptions for 279 yards and two touchdowns, while breaking up 10 passes, and recovering two fumbles, one of which he returned for a score.

The specialist team is made up of Hampton place kicker Anthony Prevost, Alabama State punter Bobby Wenzig, a repeat BOXTOROW All-American, and North Carolina Central return specialist Adrian Wilkins.  Prevost connected on 17-of-19 field goals, an 89 percent connection rate.  Wenzig averaged 42.8 yards per punt and had 24 punts of 50 yards or more.  Wilkins had five kick returns for touchdowns (three kickoffs, two punts), ranked second in the MEAC in yards per kickoff return (30.3), and led the MEAC in yards per punt return yards (13.4).

Reed led the Tigers to their first appearance in the FCS Playoffs since 1999.  The Tigers defeated Butler 31-0 in the first round before falling to Eastern Illinois.  The Tigers finished the season 10-4 and finished as runner-ups in the BOXTOROW final coaches and media polls.

North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen is the BOXTOROW Rookie of the Year.  Also the MEAC’s Rookie of the Year and a first team All-MEAC selection, he led the conference in rushing (1,148) and rushing yards per game (104.4) scoring eight touchdowns and averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

2013 BOXTOROW All-American Team

OFFENSE
 QB: Dray Joseph, Southern, Sr., New Orleans, La.
 RB: Jordan Anderson, Virginia St. Grad., Houston, Texas
 RB: Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State, Jr., Columbus, Ga. 
OL: Jordan Arthur, Jackson State, Sr., Monroe, La.
 OL: Tristan Bellamy, South Carolina St., r-Sr., Johnston, S.C. 
OL: Andrew Edourad, Bethune-Cookman, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.
 OL: Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State, Sr., Sanford, Fla. OL: Alex Monroe Bethune-Cookman, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla. TE: A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla. WR: DeAndre Cooper, Prairie View A&M, r-Sr., Houston, Texas
WR: Lee Doss, Southern, r-Sr., New Orleans, La.

DEFENSE 
DL: Anthony Bass, Tennessee State, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn. 
DL: Andrew Carter, South Carolina St., r-Jr., Hamlet, N.C.
 DL: Antonio Harper, Tennessee State, r-Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
 DL: Shonquez Nelson, Saint Augustine , Sr., Lake City, S.C.
LB: Carlos Fields, II, Winston-Salem State, Sr., Henderson, N.C. 
LB: Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman, r-Sr., Sanford, Fla.LB: Joe Thomas, South Carolina St., r-Sr., Blackville, S.C.
LB:  Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State, Jr., Morrow, Ga. DB: Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
DB: Qua Cox, Jackson State, r-Sr., Tuskegee, Ala.$
DB: Darnell Evans, Shaw, Sr., Madison, N.J.
DB: Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State, Jr., Ft. Wayne, Ind.

SPECIALIST
 PK: Anthony Prevost, Hampton, Fr., Chesterfield, Va. 
P: Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State, Sr., San Diego, Calif. 
RS: Adrian Wilkins, North Carolina Central, r-Soph., Forest City, N.C.