Jackson State Walks Away with a Slew of Post-Season Honors
The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its 2022 Football Postseason Honors on Tuesday morning. The all-conference teams and individual award winners were voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Jackson State’s Shedeur Sanders was selected Offensive Player of the Year, while fellow teammate Aubrey Hill, Jr. was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year. Alcorn State’s Jarveon Howard was named Newcomer of the Year. Jackson State’s Kevin Coleman Jr. was selected for Freshman of the Year accolades. At the same time, JSU’s Deion Sanders was tabbed Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season to round out the list of individual award winners. Offensive Player of the Year Sanders led Jackson State football to its first 11-0 record in program history. He tallied seven games with 3+ TD passes this season to go along with four 300-yard passing games. Sanders set single-season school records for touchdown passes (32) and completions (284) while passing for 3,083 yards and rushing for a career-high five touchdowns. He leads the SWAC in completions, completion percentage, passing yards, and touchdowns. Sanders set a career-high with 438 passing yards against Mississippi Valley State and threw a career-high 5 TDs twice in games against Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman. Defensive Player of the Year Miller had 98 tackles (53 solo) with one sack, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four quarterback hits, five pass breakups, and one touchdown this past season. He recorded eight+ tackles in a game seven times this season, including four 10+ tackle games. He tied a career-high with 19 tackles against Texas Southern. During the Tigers’ season opener he recorded nine tackles and returned a fumble 19 yards for a touchdown against Florida A&M.
Newcomer of the Year Howard was named SWAC Newcomer of the Week twice this past season. He leads the league in rushing yards (1,273) while ranking fourth in scoring (78 points). He ranks tied for 20th in the FCS with 12 rushing touchdowns and is also currently ranked eighth in the FCS in rushing yards. Howard rushed for a season-high 299 yards and four touchdowns against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He tallied 199 yards and a score on the ground in his debut against No. 10 Stephen F. Austin. Howard contributed five (5) games of 100 yards or more this past season. Freshman of the Year Coleman caught 24 passes for 324 yards and one touchdown while averaging 25.3 yards on nine kickoff returns and 8.7 yards on six punt returns this past season. He contributed 2+ receptions in a game nine times this season while catching two passes for 76 yards, including career-long 64-yard reception versus Mississippi Valley State. Coleman averaged 47.0 yards on two kickoff returns, including a career-long 68-yard return versus Alabama A&M. Coach of Year Sanders led Jackson State football to its first 11-0 regular season in school history. JSU also completed a league team's first undefeated fall regular season since 1991. The Tigers tallied 10 wins by margins of 10+ points. Jackson State held 10 opponents to 14 points or less while the defense also leads the FCS in seven defensive categories. JSU has won 17 consecutive conference games and 19 straight games against SWAC opponents. A complete listing of all-conference selections and individual award winners is listed below.
2022 SWAC Football Postseason Awards Offensive Player of the Year Shedeur Sanders, Jackson State Defensive Player of the Year Aubrey Miller, Jr., Jackson State Newcomer of the Year Jarveon Howard, Alcorn State Freshman of the Year Kevin Coleman, Jr., Jackson State Coach of the Year Deion Sanders, Jackson State All-SWAC First-Team Offense Quarterback: Shedeur Sanders, Jackson State Running Back: Jarveon Howard, Alcorn State Running Back: Sy'Veon Wilkerson, Jackson State Offensive Lineman: Mark Evans II, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Offensive Lineman: Drake Centers, Texas Southern Offensive Lineman: Tyler Brown, Jackson State Offensive Lineman: Dallas Black, Southern Offensive Lineman: Jalen Goss, Florida A&M Wide Receiver: Xavier Smith, Florida A&M Wide Receiver: Dallas Daniels, Jackson State Tight End: Kemari Averett, Bethune-Cookman All-SWAC First Team Defense Defensive Lineman: Isaiah Land, Florida A&M Defensive Lineman: Malachi Bailey, Alcorn State Defensive Lineman: Kamari Stephens, Florida A&M Defensive Lineman: Nyles Gaddy, Jackson State Linebacker: Aubrey Miller, Jr., Jackson State Linebacker: Ronnie Thomas, Mississippi Valley State Linebacker: Colton Adams, Alabama State Defensive Back: Isaiah Hamilton, Texas Southern Defensive Back: Corione Harris, Southern Defensive Back: Omari Hill-Robinson, Bethune-Cookman Defensive Back: Cam'Ron Silmon-Craig, Jackson State All-SWAC First Team Specialist Place Kicker: Jose Romo-Martinez, Florida A&M
Punter: Chris Faddoul, Florida A&M
Return Specialist: Darnell Deas, Bethune-Cookman
Long Snapper: Jason Longcor, Alcorn State All-SWAC Second Team Offense Quarterback: Jeremy Moussa, Florida A&M Running Back: Kayvon Britten, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Running Back: Donovan Eaglin, Alabama A&M Offensive Lineman: Jeremiah Stafford, Southern Offensive Lineman: Jonathan Williams, Alabama A&M Offensive Lineman: Will Ready, Alcorn State
Offensive Lineman: Cameron Covin, Florida A&M Offensive Lineman: T.J. Yarbrough, Alcorn State Wide Receiver: Shane Hooks, Jackson State Wide Receiver: Jah'Marae Sheread, Florida A&M Tight End: D.J. Stevens, Jackson State All-SWAC Second Team Defense Defensive Lineman: Sundiata Anderson, Grambling State Defensive Lineman: Tahj Brown, Southern
Defensive Lineman: Justin Ragin, Jackson State Defensive Lineman: Zareon Hayes, Alabama A&M
Linebacker: Claudin Cherelus, Alcorn State Linebacker: Lewis Matthews, Grambling State Linebacker: Isaiah Major, Florida A&M Defensive Back: Javan Morgan, Florida A&M Defensive Back: Isaiah Bolden, Jackson State Defensive Back: Irshaad Davis, Alabama State Defensive Back: BJ Bohler, Florida A&M All-SWAC Second Team Specialist Place Kicker: Alejandro Mata, Jackson State Punter: Josh Sanchez, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Return Specialist: Chaunzavia Lewis, Texas Southern
Long Snapper: Braxston Blackwell, Southern