Four Keydets Earn All-Big South Honors
Courtesy: VMIKeydets.com  
Release: 11/22/2011
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four VMI football players, all seniors, earned All-Big South honors as the conference announced its postseason awards Tuesday afternoon from Charlotte, N.C. A.J. Gross and Rob Bailey were named to the conference's First Team, while Byron Allen and Tracy Hairston made the All-Big South Second Team. Gross also earned All-Academic Team laurels.

For the second straight year, Gross was named to the all-conference First Team. Gross finished his career as a three-time All-Big South honoree, after being named to the First Team in 2010 and the Second Team in 2008. He wrapped up his on-field accolades by finishing second in the conference in tackles this season (90), a total that led the Keydets and boosted Gross to third on the Big South's all-time tackles chart. It also allowed him to rank eighth on the all-time VMI listing. This season, his efforts were highlighted by a 15-tackle effort against Presbyterian College and 12-tackle outings against Richmond and Gardner-Webb.

Left tackle Rob Bailey joined Gross on the league's first team, following a season in which he served as one of the Keydet captains. Bailey played 758 snaps on the year, the most of any VMI offensive lineman, and graded out with top performances in seven games this season. He also caught a pass against Gardner-Webb, which helped set up a field goal.

Making his first career All-Big South team was Hairston, who ranked third in the league in all-purpose yards per game (136.3). He logged the most catches (40) by a VMI receiver since 2005, a total that ranked fourth in the conference, and led the team in 20-yard plus plays, with 33 between his roles as a wideout and a kick returner. He had four games with five or more catches on the season.

Allen makes his third consecutive appearance on the All-Big South Second Team at defensive back, after a year that saw him play both that position and outside linebacker. He posted 53 tackles, ranking 10th among linebackers and 17th overall in the conference, and earned Big South Co-Defensive POTW honors for his efforts against Charleston Southern, when he had four pass breakups. Allen then closed out his career in style, posting a season-high 11 tackles against Gardner-Webb and sealing the senior day win with an interception in the closing seconds.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
OFFENSE                                                                                               
QB       Mike Brown, R-Sr., Liberty
RB       Miguel Maysonet, Jr., Stony Brook
RB       Brock Jackolski, Sr., Stony Brook
WR      Chris Summers, R-Sr., Liberty
WR      James Perry III, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
WR      Nathan Perera, Soph., Charleston Southern
TE        Tommy Shaver, R-Sr., Liberty
OL       Joe Faiella, Sr., Stony Brook
OL       Rob Bailey, Sr., VMI
OL       Jamie Dunaway, Jr., Gardner-Webb
OL       Malcolm Boyd, Jr., Liberty
OL       Max Travis, Sr., Presbyterian College

DEFENSE
DL       Preston Pemasa, Soph., Gardner-Webb
DL       Ryan Haber, R-Sr., Stony Brook
DL       Brian Davis, Sr., Presbyterian College
DL       Matt Goods, R-Soph., Gardner-Webb
LB        Marty Patterson, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb
LB        A.J. Gross, R-Sr., VMI
LB        Jawara Dudley, Soph., Stony Brook
LB        Andrae Jacobs, Jr., Coastal Carolina
DB       Josh Norman, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DB       Justin Bethel, Sr., Presbyterian College
DB       Charles James, R-Jr., Charleston Southern
DB       Chris Kuzdale, Sr., Charleston Southern

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK       Wesley Skiffington, R-Jr., Stony Brook
P          Mike Larsson, Sr., Liberty
LS        Richard Wright, R-Soph., Liberty
KR       Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty
PR       Ricky Rhodes, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb


SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
OFFENSE                                                                                               
QB       Kyle Essington, Jr., Stony Brook
RB       Kenny Little, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
RB       Lance Byrd, Jr., Presbyterian College
WR      Pat Kelly, Jr., Liberty
WR      Matt Hazel, Soph., Coastal Carolina
WR      Tracy Hairston, R-Sr., VMI
TE        Jamie Childers, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL       Steve Demilio, R-Jr., Gardner-Webb
OL       Jamey Cheatwood, R-Soph., Coastal Carolina
OL       Toney White, R-Sr., Liberty
OL       Tim Franklin, Sr., Coastal Carolina
OL       Aaron Lundy, R-Jr., Liberty

DEFENSE
DL       Asa Chapman, Sr., Liberty
DL       Roosevelt Kirk, Sr., Stony Brook
DL       Chris Thomas, Jr., Coastal Carolina
DL       Francis Bah, R-Soph., Liberty (tie)
DL       Derren Evans, Sr., Presbyterian College (tie)
LB        Nick Sigmon, R-Fr., Liberty
LB        CeeJay Harris, Sr., Presbyterian College
LB        Mike Chocholousek, Jr., Charleston Southern
LB        Desmond Steward, Sr., Coastal Carolina
DB       Byron Allen, R-Sr., VMI
DB       Walt Aikens, R-Soph., Liberty
DB       Dominick Reyes, R-Jr., Stony Brook
DB       Kevin Fogg, Jr., Liberty

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK       Trever Austin, Fr., Gardner-Webb
P          Patrick Morgano, Jr., Presbyterian College
LS        Mike Chocholousek, Jr., Charleston Southern
KR       Brock Jackolski, Sr., Stony Brook
PR       Niccolo Mastromatteo, Soph., Coastal Carolina


ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Richard Mounce, R-Jr., QB, Charleston Southern
Marcus Lott, Sr., DB, Coastal Carolina
Jamie Dunaway, Jr., OL, Gardner-Webb
Matt Bevins, Sr., K, Liberty
James Festa, Soph., OL, Presbyterian College
Kyle Essington, Jr., QB, Stony Brook
A.J. Gross, R-Sr., LB, VMI

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Miguel Maysonet, Jr., RB, Stony Brook

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Justin Bethel, Sr., DB, Presbyterian College

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Donnelle Williams, LB, Presbyterian College

COACH OF THE YEAR
Chuck Priore, Stony Brook

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Marcus Lott, Sr., DB, Coastal Carolina


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