FRISCO, Texas – McNeese defensive lineman Chris Livings is the 2019 Southland Conference Football Student-Athlete of the Year and the Cowboys’ lone selection to the all-academic team, announced by the league Friday. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. QB Luke Anthony^3 Abilene Christian Dallas, Texas Sr. 3.97 Finance PK Hayden Ray Central Arkansas Bryant, Ark. Jr. 3.34 General Science WR Josh Fink^&2# Abilene Christian Coppell, Texas Sr. 3.81 Financial Management LB Jack Gibbens^& Abilene Christian Bulverde, Texas Sr. 4.00 Accounting LB Hunter Brown Sam Houston State Weston, Fla. Gr. 4.00 Instructional Leadership OL Tyler Edwards Sam Houston State Buna, Texas Gr. 3.75 Kinesiology WR Jerreth Sterns Houston Baptist Waxahachie, Texas So. 3.21 Interdisciplinary Studies LB Brennan Young Houston Baptist Conroe, Texas So. 3.76 Marketing Pos. Name School Hometown Cl. GPA Major DL TJ Wright^ UIW San Antonio, Texas So. 3.85 Rehabilitative Services DB Khristian Mims Nicholls Baton Rouge, La. Sr. 3.20 Computer Info. Services DB Adonis Davis Abilene Christian Bastrop, Texas Sr. 3.00 Kinesiology Three individuals posted perfect 4.00 grade point averages – Zirkle and linebackers Hunter Brown (SHSU) and Jack Gibbens (ACU). Another 10 student-athletes came in with GPAs of 3.75 or higher, and the average GPA of the squad is 3.63. Southland Conference All-Academic Teams are voted upon by the head coach, sports information director and an academic/compliance staff member from each school. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted upon by an awards committee which consists of one administrator from each member school. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. P Matt McRobert* Sam Houston State Berorwa, Australia Gr. 3.20 Sport Management A first-time all-academic honoree, Livings boasts a 3.50 GPA as a graduate student majoring in criminal justice. He was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year after tallying team highs in sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (12). With 30 career sacks, Livings finished his tenure ranked ninth on the conference’s all-time list. RB Dontrell Taylor^3 Nicholls White Castle, La. Sr. 3.72 Petroleum Services RB Taron Jones Southeastern La. Mandeville, La. So. 3.40 Finance DB Gavin Roland^2 Stephen F. Austin League City, Texas Jr. 3.82 Cellular/Molecular Biology DB Andre Mulinax^ Lamar Fort Worth, Texas Jr. 3.82 Management All 11 programs were represented on the squad, led by five picks for Abilene Christian. Houston Baptist, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana each placed three on the team. Lamar and Nicholls earned a pair of spots, and Central Arkansas, UIW, McNeese and Stephen F. Austin garnered one selection each. OL Jarius Gooch Southeastern La. Water Valley, Miss. Sr. 3.25 Criminal Justice 2019 Southland Football All-Academic Team OL Kade Parmelly^2 Abilene Christian Abilene, Texas Sr. 3.95 Kinesiology DL Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund^&2 Southeastern La. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Sr. 3.81 Exercise Science To be eligible for all-academic distinction, an athlete must hold a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA through the semester prior to the sport’s championship, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating school prior to the current season, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competitions during the most recently completed season. Student-Athlete of the Year nominees must have at least a 3.20 GPA and have completed at least two years of athletic competition at the nominating school, including the current season. DL Andre Walker*^&3# Houston Baptist Slidell, La. Sr. 3.69 Biochemistry OL Tamatoa Neher Lamar Hauula, Hawaii Sr. 3.30 Exercise Fitness Mgmt. OL Chris Zirkle^3# Northwestern St. League City, Texas Gr. 4.00 Homeland Security 2019 Southland Football Student-Athlete of the Year: Chris Livings, McNeese DL Chris Livings* McNeese Lake Charles, La. Gr. 3.50 Criminal Justice DB Ryan Reed^4 Northwestern St. St. Francisville, La. Sr. 3.62 Industrial Engineering Tech. * Automatic selection; First Team All-Conference^ Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-District& Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-American# Automatic selection; FCS ADA Academic All-Star2 Two-time all-academic selection3 Three-time all-academic selection4 Four-time all-academic selection TE David Fitzwater Northwestern St. Shreveport, La. Jr. 3.79 Applied Science/Health Nine student-athletes are returning all-academic selections, led by four-time honoree Ryan Reed of Northwestern State. ACU quarterback Luke Anthony, Nicholls running back Dontrell Taylor, NSU offensive lineman Chris Zirkle and HBU defensive lineman Andre Walker all landed on the all-academic team for a third time.
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ John Brown, right, and Larry Fitzgerald celebrate after Brown’s touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) According to stats, the Arizona Cardinals have the best offense in the NFL.They have gained 280 more yards than the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are second in that category, and trail the Carolina Panthers by just four total points.Arizona can beat you through the air, where they average 296.5 yards per game, as well as on the ground, where they tally 126.4 yards per matchup.Arizona converts on third-down a league-best 47.2 percent of the time, which keeps drives alive. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires They have at times appeared to be unstoppable, and their offense is a big reason as to why they are 12-2 and a legitimate Super Bowl contender.According to ESPN’s Matt Bowen, in an Insider piece, they are the fourth-scariest offense in the entire NFL behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.Bruce Arian’s (sic) system in Arizona has the best vertical passing game in the league. This offense will take shots over the top with quarterback Carson Palmer(4,277 yards, 32 TDs), and the Cardinals have a pretty legit group at wide receiver to haul in Palmer’s bombs. With Michael Floyd, John Brown and the lightning speed of rookie J.J. Nelson, the Cards can stretch the field and create quick scoring opportunities. Plus, with the route running of veteran Larry Fitzgerald, Palmer can dissect defenses underneath versus zone coverage.If you want to play man coverage, you better have the personnel to match up to this group. And if you want to sit back in Cover 2 or Cover 3, Palmer can eat up the secondary by targeting soft windows in those zone shells.But for as much as we talk about this passing game in Arizona, Arians isn’t afraid to run the football, control tempo and cater his call sheet to the power schemes. There is a lot of balance to this Cardinals offense. They can pound the rock — rookie David Johnson rushed for 187 and three touchdowns in Week 15 — and take shots over the top. That’s going to create issues for defensive coordinators. Pick the wrong look and it could be six points against Arizona.Indeed, the Cardinals have a variety of weapons and ways in which they can attack a defense, and for the most part, the only thing that has held them back are careless turnovers and random struggles in the red zone. That has not happened often enough to derail them, though, and as long as the team’s key offensive players can remain healthy, there’s little reason to believe they will be slowed much in the postseason. – / 14 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact