10 Golden Rams named to the All-SIAC Football Team
ATLANTA, GEORGIA-The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced its 2013 All-SIAC Football Team, Superlatives, and All-Academic Team, as voted by the SIAC Football Coaches Association. 10 Members or the Albany State Golden Rams were named to the first and second teams, two of which garnered superlative honors.
Albany State All-American defensive back Dexter Moody was named SIAC Defensive Player of the Year. Moody, rated as one of Division II’s top defensive backs, was all over the field this season and was the field general for the top defensive unit in the SIAC. The senior from Twin City, Georgia finished the season with 45 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for losses, a forced fumble, a block punt, and three interceptions. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 SIAC Football Championship game.
Golden Rams’ quarterback Frank Rivers was named the SIAC Newcomer of the Year. A 6’6, 220-lb junior from Birmingham, Alabama, Rivers emerged during the final stretch of the season to lead the Golden Rams to the East Division Title and the victory in the SIAC Championship game. The transfer from Grambling State University finished second in the SIAC with 2,004 yards passing and 19 touchdowns.
Moody was named the SIAC’s First Team, while Rivers was listed as the quarterback for the second team.
On offense, offensive linemen Victor Moli and Hakeem Lassiter and kicker Zachary Gayden-Holley were named to the first team. Running back Phillip Moore and wide receiver Jessie Atkins joined Rivers on the second team.
Moli (6’4, 360-lb junior from Augusta, Georgia) and Lassiter (6’2, 300-lb senior from Patterson, New Jersey) led the ASU offensive line that helped produce 3,445 yards of total offense for the Golden Rams. The duo also helped Albany State record 29 touchdowns and average 25.5 points per game.
Gayden-Holley, a 5’8, 173-lb sophomore from Snellville, Georgia, led the SIAC kickers in scoring with 52 points and a 5.8 average. He made 25 of 27 PATs and 9 of 11 field goals.
Moore, a 5’5, 180-lb junior from Valdosta, Georgia, rushed for 576 yards on 106 attempts. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and scored a touchdown during the season.
Atkins, a 5’10, 180-lb junior from Camilla, Georgia, had 51 receptions for 661 yards. He scored eight touchdowns on the season.
Defensively, defensive lineman Grover Stewart joined Moody on the first team, while defensive lineman Glen Stanley and punt returner Quintory Braswell was named to the second team.
Stewart, a 6’5, 295-lb freshman from Camilla, Georgia, recorded 36 tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses, five sacks, two pass break ups, and two quarterback hurries. He also had a fumble recovery.
Stanley, a 6’2, 250-lb senior from Ocala, Florida, had 27 tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses, 4.5 sacks, a pass break up, three quarterback hurries, and two forced fumbles during the season. He also recovered three fumbles.
Braswell, a 5’10, 180-lb senior from Jonesboro, Georgia, returned 18 punts for 294 yards with a long of 57 yards. He averaged 15.5 yards per return and scored a touchdown. Braswell also recorded 26 tackles, 3.5 tackles for losses, a sack, an interception and 11 pass break ups while playing defensive back for the Golden Rams.