Northwestern State’s rushing attack and linebacking corps were two of the Demons most consistent units, and a pair of representatives were recognized on the All-Louisiana football team Monday.
Linebacker Jomard Valsin and running back Scooter Adams were picked to the All-Louisiana Second Team as voted on by a panel of Louisiana Sports Writers Association media members and sports information contacts.
Valsin, who was selected to the Second Team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association, led NSU with 54 tackles and eight tackles for loss.
The Port Arthur, Texas, native forced three fumbles and recorded three sacks along with double-digit tackle efforts against Nicholls (13), Sam Houston State (11) and UIW (11).
Adams burst onto the Southland Conference scene with two 200-yard rushing games and another 100-yard outing in just six games.
Adams, who totaled 681 and seven touchdowns, rolled up 212 yards and two touchdowns against Lamar and 208 yards and three scores against UIW.
The Kilgore College (Texas) transfer was a viable candidate for Newcomer Of the Year, garnering four votes, one shy of award winner Isaiah Chambers (McNeese defensive lineman).
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cole Kelley, SLU, QB
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Isaiah Chambers, DL, McNeese; Milton Williams, DL, Louisiana Tech
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Isaiah Chambers, DL, McNeese
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
COACH OF THE YEAR: Billy Napier, Ragin Cajuns
First Team Offense
OL – P.J. Burkhalter, Nicholls; Kody Russey, Louisiana Tech; Jalen Bell, Southeastern Louisiana; Max Mitchell, Louisiana; Jair Joseph, Nicholls
TE – Josh Pederson, ULM
WR – Terrace Marshall, LSU; Dai’Jean Dixon, Nicholls
QB – Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana
RB – Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana; Cameron Carroll, Tulane
First Team Defense
DL – Isaiah Chambers, McNeese; Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech; Jordan Lewis, Southern; Zi’yon Hill, Louisiana
LB – Dorian Williams, Tulane; Jabril Cox, LSU; Tyler Grubbs, Louisiana Tech
DB – Derek Stingley Jr., LSU; Bralen Trahan, Louisiana; BeeJay Williamson, Louisiana Tech; Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern Louisiana
First Team Specialists
K – Cade York, LSU
P– Ryan Wright, Tulane
RS – Chris Smith, Louisiana
Second Team Offense
OL – Evan Roussel, Nicholls; Dallas Black, Southern; Ethan McMullan, Southeastern Louisiana; Sincere Haynesworth, Tulane; O’Cyrus Torrence, Louisiana
TE – Ethan Howard, Southern
WR – Kayshon Boutte, LSU; CJ Turner, Southeastern Louisiana
QB – Levi Lewis, Louisiana
RB – Scooter Adams, NSU; Trey Ragas, Louisiana
Second Team Defense
DL – Ali Gaye, LSU; Micah Latin, Louisiana College; Mason Kinsey, McNeese; Tayland Humphrey, Louisiana
LB – Trey Baldwin, Louisiana Tech; Alexis Ramos, Southeastern Louisiana; Jomard Valsin, Northwestern State
DB – Eli Ricks, LSU; Kevin Moore III, Nicholls; Andre Sam, McNeese; Pig Cage, Nicholls
Second Team Specialists
K – Jacob Barnes, Louisiana Tech
P – Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU
RS – Wayne Toussant, Louisiana Tech