BATON ROUGE – In a season when Louisiana college football had lots of strong highlight moments, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association members had little trouble picking their top honorees on the 2012 All-Louisiana College Football Team announced late Monday.
Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron, who led the high-powered Bulldogs to nine wins, was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while one of the anchors of the LSU defense, linebacker Kevin Minter, was the Defensive Player of the Year. Tech running back Kenneth Dixon was the Freshman of the Year, while Louisiana-Lafayette star quarterback Terrance Broadway's move from Houston earned him Newcomer of the year. Finally, ULM's Todd Berry, who will guide his team to its first ever bowl later this week in Shreveport, was named Coach of the Year.
Northwestern State senior linebacker Derek Rose was a first-team All-Louisiana selection, while senior safety Jamaal White earned second-team honors. Rose picked up his third All-Louisiana honor while White was a repeat selection from 2011.
Joining Rose on the first-team linebacker corps was the LSU tandem of Rick Minter, an All-American, and Lamin Barrow.
A 5-11, 229-pound product of New Orleans-O. Perry Walker, Rose graduated Dec. 14. In his senior season, he
Piled up 103 tackles, 51 solo, and made seven for lost yards (-14). He added a fumble recovery (with a 7-yard return), and made three pass breakups while starting all 11 games.
He was a first team All-Southland Conference selection and spent all season on the Buck Buchanan Award Watchlist as one of top 20 candidates for national FCS defensive player of the year. Rose led the Demons in tackles for a third straight season while bidding to become only the second player in school history to earn All-America honors three times.
His career tackles total was 341, trailing only Andre Carron (521), Ed Moses (431), Kurt Rodriguez (408), and Gary Reasons (394).
White, a 6-0, 192-pounder from Garand, Texas and South Garland High School, was third on the Demons' squad with 71 tackles, 46 solo, including 2.5 for loss (-7 yards). He pickd off three interceptions (13 yards in returns), finishing with 10 for his career. White added three pass breakups and blocked two kicks, one an extra-point that proved the margin of victory in a homecoming win over Nicholls.
A second-team All-Southland Conference pick, White was on a preseason list of Top 10 Defensive Backs in FCS by The Sports Network. He arned All-Southland honors for third straight season and is regarded as a potential NFL Draft pick.
The All-Louisiana voting process began after nominations were submitted by the sports information-media relations directors from the football playing schools in the state. Members of the Player of the Week voting committee as well as three media voters were allowed for each team. The nominating SIDs were not allowed under LSWA rules to vote for their own players and each SID had to submit a ballot to have their nominees votes allowed to be counted. All stats are through the end of the regular season and do not include post-season activities.
Cameron, a senior from Newbury Park, Calif., was named the WAC Player of the Year in a year in which he set an NCAA record for most consecutive passes attempted without an interception (428). Cameron led an offense that was ranked NO. 1 in scoring and No. 2 in total offense. He completed 359-of-522 passes for 4,147 yards and 31 touchdowns. He completed 68.8 percent of his passes for an efficiency rating of 153.19 while averaging 345.6 passing yards a game. The Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist was No. 4 in the nation in total offense.
Minter earned All-American honors as he led the Tigers (3rd in the SEC) with 111 tackles. The finalist for the Butkus Award for the nation's top linebacker, Minter earned National Player of the Week honors twice versus Florida and Texas A&M. Against Florida he set an LSU record with 17 solo tackles, while he helped hold A&M's Johnny Manziel to his lowest outing of the season with 27 rushing yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in the 24-19 LSU win. For the season, Minter had 13.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
When Cameron was throwing the ball at Tech, it was going to Freshman of the Year choice Dixon, who hails from Strong, Ark. The true freshman led the nation in scoring with 28 total touchdowns (27 rushing) break's Marshall Faulk's NCAA records for most touchdowns scored, most rushing touchdowns scored and most points, all for a freshman. Dixon had 200 rushes for 1,194 yards, just missing averaging 100 yards a game at 99.5. Dixon set the WAC record for most rushing touchdowns at any class level.
Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway, transferred from Houston, and made the most of the opportunity leading the Cajuns to a bowl and Newcomer of the Year honors. Broadway took over as the starter early in the year and completed 185-of-283 passes for 2,526 yards and 16 TDs. He was third in the SBC in passing efficiency (15.4) while setting a school record of completion percentage (65.1). Broadway posted 3,187 yards of total offense as he led the Cajuns to seven regular season wins.
Coach Berry took his team to a bowl in his third season at the helm of the Warhawk football program, posting an 8-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Sun Belt (tying for second). ULM made an early splash with an overtime win over then-No. 8 Arkansas and the SBC Coach of the Year started 4-0 in the league to reach Bowl eligibility during the final weekend of October. The eight wins is the highest total for ULM during the FBS-era (1994-present).
Joining Cameron and Dixon on the first team selected by the LSWA members were: offensive linemen Arinze Agada of McNeese, Josh Dworaczyk of LSU, Andre Huval of Louisiana-Lafayette and Oscar Johnson and Stephen Warner, both of Louisiana Tech. The tight end choice was Nick Scelfo of Nicholls with ULM's Brent Leonard and Tech's Quinton Patton at wide receiver. The other running back completing the first team was Ryan Montague of Louisiana College.
With Minter on the first-team defense were linemen IK Enemkpali of Louisiana Tech, Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery of LSU and Emeka Onyenekwau of Louisiana-Lafayette. Lamin Barrow of LSU and Rose of Northwestern State were the other two linebackers while Robert Alford of Southeastern, Craig Loston and Eric Reid of LSU and Jemarlous Moten of Louisiana-Lafayette made up the defensive backfield.
Two national award winners were on the specialists' first team with Lou Groza winner Cairo Santos of Tulane the place kicker and two-time Ray Guy winner Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech the punter. D. J. Banks, also of Louisiana Tech, was named the return specialist.
LSWA ALL-LOUISIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
OL/Arinze Agada/McNeese/Jr./Houston, Texas/All-SLC 1st Team, 11 starts
OL/Josh Dworaczyk/LSU/Sr./New Iberia, La./All-SEC HM, Sixth-year senior
OL/Andre Huval/Louisiana-Lafayette/Jr./Scott, La./All-SBC 2nd Team, 25 straight starts center
OL/Oscar Johnson/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Crystal Springs, Miss./All-WAC 1st Team, 8th nation sacks allowed
OL/Stephen Warner/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Ruston, La./All-WAC 1st Team, 8th nation sacks allowed
TE/Nick Scelfo/Nicholls State/So./Baton Rouge, La./All-SLC 2nd Team, 22 recept., 300 yds, 2 TDs
WR/Brent Leonard/ULM/Sr./Keller, Texas/All-SBC, 1st Team, 97 recept., 1,042 yds, 10 TDs
WR/Quinton Patton/Louisiana Tech/Sr./LaVergne, Tenn./All-WAC, 1st Team, 104 recept., 1,392 yds, 13 TD
RB/Kenneth Dixon/Louisiana Tech/Fr./Strong, Ark./WAC FOY, CBS Frosh A-A, 200 rushes, 1,194 yds, 27 TD
RB/Ryan Montague/Louisiana College/So./New Orleans, La./AASWC 1st Team, 224 rushes, 1,110 yds, 13 TD
QB/Colby Cameron/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Newbury Park, Calif./WAC POY, 359-of-522, 4,147 yds, 31 TD
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL/IK Enemkpali/Louisiana Tech/Jr./Pflugerville, Texas/All-WAC 1st Team, 32 TT, 6.0 Sacks
DL/Barkevious Mingo/LSU/Jr./West Monroe, La./All-SEC 2nd Team, 33 TT, 4.0 Sacks
DL/Sam Montgomery/LSU/Jr./Greenwood, S.C./2nd Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 32 TT, 7.0 Sacks
DL/Emeka Onyenekwau/Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./New Orleans, La./All-SBC 1st Team, 37 TT, 6.5 Sacks
LB/Lamin Barrow/LSU/Jr./Marrero, La./92 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 FR
LB/Kevin Minter/LSU/Jr./Suwanee, Ga./2nd Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 111 TT, 3.0 Sacks
LB/Derek Rose/Northwestern State/Sr./New Orleans, La./All-SLC 1st Team, 103 TT, 1 FR, 3 PBU
DB/Robert Alford/Southeastern La./Sr./Hammond, La./2nd Team A-A, All-SLC 1st Team 39 TT, 4 Int.
DB/Craig Loston/LSU/Jr./Aldine, Texas/All-SEC 2nd Team, 48 TT, 3 Int, 1 TD
DB/Jemarlous Moten/Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Leland, Miss./All-SBC 1st Team, 59 TT, 3 Int, 2 FF
DB/Eric Reid/LSU/Jr./Geismar, La./1st Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 81 TT, 2 Int.
FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS
K/Cairo Santos/Tulane/Jr./St. Augustine, Fla./Lou Groza Winner, 21-21 FG, 14 from 40 +
P/Ryan Allen/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Salem, Ore./2011, 2012 Ray Guy Winner, 48.0 aver., 20 of 45 inside 20
RS/D.J. Banks/Louisiana Tech/Jr./West Monroe, La./All-WAC 1st Team, 39 KO, 1,044 yds, 1 TD; 20 P, 120 yds
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Colby Cameron, QB, Louisiana Tech
Voting – Cameron 21; Kolton Browning, ULM 3; Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette, 1
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Voting – Minter 21, Derek Rose Northwestern State 2; Robert Alford, Southeastern 1; Eric Reid, LSU 1 (write-in vote)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
Voting – Dixon 21; Jeremy Hill, LSU 3; Xavier Robinson, Southeastern, 1
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – Terrance Broadway, QB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Voting – Broadway 23; Billy Johnson, Tulane 2
COACH OF THE YEAR – Todd Berry, ULM
Voting – Berry 18; Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech 5; Les Miles, LSU 2
Second Team Offense
OL – Leonardo Bates, Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., New Orleans, La.; La'el Collins, LSU, So., Baton Rouge, La.; P. J. Lonergan, LSU, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Darin Moore, Louisiana College, Sr., Ponchatoula, La. ; Jeremy Vujnovich, Louisiana College, Sr., Belle Chasse, La.
TE – Jeremy Meyers, Southeastern Louisiana, So., Baton Rouge, La.
WR – Ryan Grant, Tulane, Jr., Beaumont, Texas; D'Mario Parker, Louisiana College;
RB – Jeremy Hill, LSU, Fr., Baton Rouge, La.; Marcus Wiltz, McNeese, Jr., Cecilia, La.
QB – Kolton Browning, ULM, Jr., Mabank, Texas
Second Team Defense
DL – Everett Ellersen, McNeese, So., Madisonville, La. ; Peter "Phil" Ford, Louisiana College, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Austen Jacks, Tulane, Sr., Winter Park, Fla.; Bennie Logan, LSU, Jr., Coushatta, La.
LB – Justin Anderson, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Foley, Ala.; Jordan Piper, Nicholls, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Devan Walker, Southeastern, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.
DB – Terence Cahee, McNeese, Jr., Westlake, La.; Isaiah Newsome, ULM, Jr., Petal, Miss.; Tharold Simon, LSU, Jr., Eunice La.; Jamaal White, Northwestern State, Sr., Garland, Texas.
Second Team Specialists
K – Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette – Sr., Brandon, Miss.
P -- Brad Wing, LSU, So., Melbourne, Australia
RS – Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU, Jr., So., New Orleans, La.
Offense – OL -- Josh Allen, ULM, Jr; Billy Johnson, Tulane, Gr.