Troy’s Neal Brown & Marcus Jones Land Top Sun Belt Honors; 18 Trojans Named All-Sun Belt

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TROY, Alabama – Led by a trio of first team selections, Troy players earned 18 All-Sun Belt honors as voted on by the league’s head coaches and a media representative from each school.

Offensive lineman Steven Rowzee, bandit Hunter Reese and cornerback Blace Brown were named to the All-Sun Belt First Team. Running back Jordan Chunn, offensive linemen Deontae Crumitie and Tristan Crowder, wide receiver Deondre Douglas, defensive tackle Jamal Stadom, nose guard Trevon Sanders, linebacker Tron Folsom and Jones, who earned all-league honors as a return specialist and all-purpose player, were named to the second team.

Offensive lineman Kirk Kelley and safety Cedarius Rookard represented Troy on the third team, while quarterback Brandon Silvers, wide receiver Damion Willis, defensive end Antione Barker and defensive tackle Marcus Webb were honorable mention selections.

“It is cliché to say, but this truly a team award,” Troy head coach Neal Brown said. “Our players, our staff and our administration all have a hand in this award and should take pride in it. The Sun Belt Conference is filled with high-quality coaches and for this to be an award voted on by my peers means even more.

“Each and every one of our players on the all-conference team is very deserving of their recognition for their performances this season,” Brown said. “It is unfortunate that Brandon (Silvers) wasn’t recognized on one of the three all-conference teams. While there were a number of great quarterbacks in the league this year, it is my belief that he is one of the top quarterbacks in Sun Belt history. Brandon performed at a higher level this year than last year when he was named first team All-Sun Belt.”

In three seasons under Brown, Troy has won 21 of its last 25 games, earned an Associated Press Top 25 ranking, posted back-to-back 10-win seasons and earned pair of bowl berths. He guided Troy to a thrilling upset at No. 22 LSU back in September and Troy is one of just 14 schools nationally with at least 20 wins over the last two seasons.

Jones, a native of Enterprise, Ala., was electric in his first season for the Trojans as he set NCAA, Sun Belt Conference and Troy records. Jones etched his name in the NCAA record book when he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns at Coastal Carolina to become one of just 24 players in FBS history to do so. He enters Troy’s New Orleans Bowl appearance as the Sun Belt’s single-season record holder averaging 32.88 yards per kickoff return, while holding Troy’s single-season record with three kickoff returns for a touchdown.

Jones is third nationally with three all-purpose plays of 90 or more yards. In addition to two long-kickoff returns, Jones intercepted a pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Troy’s Sun Belt title-clinching victory at Arkansas State.

Rowzee was Troy’s senior leader on an offensive line that ranked among the best in the country. He allowed just three sacks from his left tackle position in 759 snaps and played his best in Troy’s biggest games. Rowzee did not allow a sack and recorded 13 knockdowns with an average grade of 93 in Troy’s victories over Arkansas State and LSU.

Reese, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship in fall camp, leads Troy with 11.5 tackles for loss this season and is second with five sacks on the year. He has ended the year strong with a tackle for loss in each of Troy’s final seven games with eight over the final five games.

Blace Brown is the nation’s active leader in interceptions per game with 0.41 in his career and is tied for eighth nationally with five interceptions this season. He sealed Troy’s victory at LSU with an interception to end the Tigers’ final drive and picked off a pass in the end zone in Troy’s win at Arkansas State.

Chunn leads all Sun Belt running backs with 10 touchdowns this season and is third in rushing yards per game despite missing two full games due to injury. Douglas has a pair of game-winning catches for the Trojans this season, including to win the Sun Belt title at Arkansas State. Crumitie and Crowder, Troy’s starting center and right guard, combined to allow just three sacks between them in more than 1,500 snaps played.

Folsom led the Trojans with 77 tackles and was third with nine tackles for loss, while Stadom added a team-best six sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss from his defensive tackle position. One of the top interior defensive linemen in the league, Sanders had five tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Kelley anchored Troy’s right side of the offensive line and did not allow a single sack in 771 snaps. Rookard finished second behind Folsom with 65 tackles, while adding a pair of interceptions and two forced fumbles, one being on the first play in Troy’s win at LSU.

Barker recorded 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in his first true action for the Trojans, Webb added 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks as Troy’s reserve defensive tackle. Willis caught 31 passes for 485 yards and a touchdown and heads into the New Orleans Bowl as Troy’s second-leading receiver.

Silvers completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 2,985 yards with 13 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Among quarterbacks with at least 400 passing attempts nationally, Silvers ranks third with an interception just once every 68.7 pass attempts. He ranks third in Sun Belt history in career completions (945), fourth in passing yards (10,379) and fifth in touchdowns (67).

Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Awards

Player of the Year
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, Arkansas State

Offensive Player of the Year
Justice Hansen, Arkansas State

Defensive Player of the Year
Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama

Newcomer of the Year
Ron LaForce, New Mexico State

Freshman of the Year
Marcus Jones, Troy

Coach of the Year
Neal Brown, Troy

All-Sun Belt First Team Offense
Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, QB, Jr.)
Jalin Moore (Appalachian State, RB, Jr.)
Aaron Duckworth (Idaho, RB, Sr.)
Ike Lewis (Appalachian State, WR, Sr.)
Penny Hart (Georgia State, WR, RS-So.)
Jaleel Scott (New Mexico State, WR, RS-Sr.)
Blake Mack (Arkansas State, TE, Sr.)
Colby Gossett (Appalachian State, OL, Sr.)
Beau Nunn (Appalachian State, OL, Sr.)
Victor Johnson (Appalachian State, OL, So.)
Lanard Bonner (Arkansas State, OL, RS-Jr.)
Steven Rowzee (Troy, OL, Sr.)

All-Sun Belt First Team Defense
Tee Sims (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.)
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (Arkansas State, DL, RS-Sr.)
Aikeem Coleman (Idaho, DL, Sr.)
Cedric Wilcots II (New Mexico State, DL, RS-So.)
Hunter Reese (Troy, DL, Jr.)
Eric Boggs (Appalachian State, LB, Sr.)
Tony Lashley (Idaho, LB, Jr.)
Dalton Herrington (New Mexico State, LB, Sr.)
Clifton Duck (Appalachian State, DB, So.)
Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State, DB, Sr.)
Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama, DB, Sr.)
Blace Brown (Troy, DB, Jr.)

All-Sun Belt First Team Special Teams
Gavin Patterson (South Alabama, PK, Jr.)
Corliss Waitman (South Alabama, P, Jr.)
Marcus Green (ULM, Return Specialist, Jr.)
Marcus Green (ULM, All-Purpose, Jr.)

All-Sun Belt Second Team Offense
Taylor Lamb (Appalachian State, QB, Sr.)
Larry Rose III (New Mexico State, RB, Sr.)
Jordan Chunn (Troy, RB, Sr.)
Chris Murray (Arkansas State, WR, Sr.)
Jamarius Way (South Alabama, WR, Jr.)
Deondre Douglas (Troy, WR, Jr.)
Gabe Schrade (Texas State, TE, Sr.)
Noah Johnson (Idaho, OL, So.)
Kevin Dotson (UL Lafayette, OL, So.)
Noah Fisher (South Alabama, OL, Jr.)
Deontae Crumitie (Troy, OL, Jr.)
Tristan Crowder (Troy, OL, So.)

All-Sun Belt Second Team Defense
Ronheen Bingham (Arkansas State, DL, Jr.)
Logan Hunt (Georgia Southern, DL, Jr.)
Jamal Stadom (Troy, DL, Sr.)
Trevon Sanders (Troy, DL, Jr.)
Kyle Wilson (Arkansas State, LB, Sr.)
Shane Johnson (Coastal Carolina, LB, Sr.)
Kaden Elliss (Idaho, LB, Jr.)
Tron Folsom (Troy, LB, So.)
Tae Hayes (Appalachian State, DB, Jr.)
Justin Clifton (Arkansas State, DB, Jr.)
Monquavion Brinson (Georgia Southern, DB, So.)
Ron LaForce (New Mexico State, DB, Jr.)

All-Sun Belt Second Team Special Teams
Tyler Bass (Georgia Southern, PK, RS-So.)
Cade Coffey (Idaho, P, RS-Fr.)
Marcus Jones (Troy, Return Specialist, Fr.)
Marcus Jones (Troy, All-Purpose, Fr.)

All-Sun Belt Third Team Offense
Tyler Rogers (New Mexico State, QB, RS-Sr.)
Osharmar Abercrombie (Coastal Carolina, RB, Sr.)
Trey Ragas (UL Lafayette, RB, RS-Fr.)
Justin McInnis (Arkansas State, WR, Jr.)
Malcolm Williams (Coastal Carolina, WR, Jr.)
RJ Turner (ULM, WR, So.)
Chase Rogers (Louisiana, TE, Fr.)
Jaypee Philbert (Arkansas State, OL, Sr.)
Grant Horst (UL Lafayette, OL, Sr.)
Frank Sutton (ULM, OL, Sr.)
Aaron Brewer (Texas State, OL, So.)
Kirk Kelley (Troy, OL, So.)

All-Sun Belt Third Team Defense
Caleb Fuller (Appalachian State, DL, Sr.)
Caleb Caston (Arkansas State, DL, Sr.)
Marterious Allen (Georgia State, DL, Jr.)
Joe Dillon (Louisiana, DL, So.)
Devan Stringer (Appalachian State, LB, Sr.)
Michael Shaw (Georgia State, LB, RS-Jr.)
Frankie Griffin (Texas State, LB, Jr.)
A.J. Howard (Appalachian State, DB, Sr.)
Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State, DB, Sr.)
Tracy Walker (Louisiana, DB, Sr.)
Shamad Lomax (New Mexico State, DB, So.)
Cedarius Rookard (Troy, DB, Jr.)

All-Sun Belt Third Team Special Teams
Sawyer Williams (Arkansas State, PK, RS-So.)
Cody Grace (Arkansas State, P, RS-So.)
Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State, Return Specialist, Sr.)
Glenn Smith (Georgia State, All-Purpose, Sr.)

All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention
Antione Barker (Troy, DL, So.)
Brandon Silvers (Troy, QB, Sr.)
Marcus Webb (Troy, DL, So.)
Damion Willis (Troy, WR, Jr.)

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