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Arkansas State puts 12 on all-Sun Belt teams

By David Harten

This article was published December 11, 2013 at 4:08 p.m.

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Arkansas State wide receiver was named to both the first and second all-Sun Belt Conference teams on Wednesday. In this file photo, McKissic attempts to avoid a Western Kentucky defender in a 2012 game in Jonesboro.

The Sun Belt Conference released its postseason award winners Wednesday afternoon, and Arkansas State leads the league with 12 players named to the all-conference team.

In total, the Red Wolves placed 12 players on either the first team, second team or honorable mention for the 2013 season, led by four first-team members in wide receiver J.D. McKissic, defensive end Ryan Carrethers, linebacker Qushaun Lee and placekicker Brian Davis.

McKissic also made the all-conference first team as an all-purpose player and was named to the second team as a kick returner. Four other Red Wolves who made the second team were all on the offensive side of the ball and include running back Michael Gordon, tight end Darion Griswold and offensive linemen Bryce Giddens and Steven Haunga.

Defensive back Sterling Young made the all-conference second team defense. Quarterback Adam Kennedy and defensive lineman Chris Stone were named honorable mention all-Sun Belt.

South Alabama coach Joey Jones garnered Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors after he led the Jaguars to a 6-6 season in their first full season in the Football Bowl Subdivision. A pair of Western Kentucky players took the individual award, with Hilltoppers’ running back Antonio Andrews winning conference player and offensive player of the year. Western Kentucky linebacker Xavius Boyd took home conference defensive player of the year honors.

Arkansas State will play in their third straight GoDaddy Bowl — on Jan. 5 against Ball State — after a 7-5 season under coach Bryan Harsin, who announced Wednesday he would be leaving for the same position at Boise State.

Read more about this story in tomorrow’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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