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Kiser and Nelson Highlight UVA’s VaSID Honorees

Jan. 29, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sixteen Virginia football players were named to the 2017 Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) All-State Division I Football team, announced the organization. Micah Kiser (LB) was named the VaSID Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row, while Brenton Nelson (S) was named the VaSID Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Virginia’s 16 honorees on the all-state team are the most, followed by James Madison’s 14 all-state selections and Virginia Tech’s seven.

Five Cavaliers earned first-team honors: Kurt Benkert (QB), Evan Butts (TE), Micah Kiser (LB), Quin Blanding (S) and Lester Coleman (P).

Eleven Cavaliers earned second-team honors: Jordan Ellis (RB), Olamide Zaccheaus (WR), Jack English (OL), Jake Fieler (OL), Andrew Brown (DL), Jordan Mack (OL), Chris Peace (OL), Juan Thornhill (CB), Brenton Nelson (S), Joe Reed (KR) and Joey Blount (SP).



Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta was the VaSID Offensive Player of the Year, Norfolk State’s Juwan Carter was the VaSID Offensive Rookie of the Year and James Madison’s Mike Houston was the VaSID Coach of the Year.

Major Award Winners
Offensive Player of the Year: Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
Defensive Player of the Year: Micah Kiser, Virginia
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Juwan Carter, Norfolk State
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Brenton Nelson, Virginia
Coach of the Year: Mike Houston, James Madison

First Team Offense
QB          Kurt Benkert, Virginia
QB          Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
RB           Marcus Marshall, James Madison
RB           Carrington Mosley, Liberty
WR         Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech
WR         Cortrelle Simpson, Richmond
TE           Evan Butts, Virginia
OL           Dontae Duff, Liberty
OL           Connor Hilland, William & Mary
OL           Jahee Jackson, James Madison
OL           Aaron Stinnie, James Madison
OL           Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech
First Team Defense
DL           Andrew Ankrah, James Madison
DL           Andrew Clyde, Richmond
DL           Simeyon Robinson, James Madison
DL           Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
LB           Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
LB           Kyre Hawkins, James Madison
LB           Micah Kiser, Virginia
CB           Jimmy Moreland, James Madison
CB           Rashad Robinson, James Madison
S              Quin Blanding, Virginia
S              Jordan Brown, James Madison
First Team Special Teams
PK           Joey Slye, Virginia Tech
P             Lester Coleman, Virginia
RS           Isaiah Harper, Old Dominion
SP           Hunter Winstead, Liberty
Second Team Offense
QB          Bryan Schor, James Madison
RB           Jordan Ellis, Virginia
RB           Ray Lawry, Old Dominion
WR         Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
WR         Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia
TE           Garrett Hudson, Richmond
OL           Nick Clarke, Old Dominion
OL           Chris Durant, William & Mary
OL           Jack English, Virginia
OL           Jake Fieler, Virginia

OL           Kenneth Kirby, Norfolk State
Second Team Defense

DL           Andrew Brown, Virginia
DL           Tim Settle, Virginia Tech
DL           Ricky Walker, Virginia Tech
DL           Juwan Wells, Liberty
LB           Brandon Hereford, James Madison
LB           Jordan Mack, Virginia
LB           Chris Peace, Virginia
CB           Greg Stroman, Virginia Tech
CB           Juan Thornhill, Virginia
S              Raven Greene, James Madison
S              Brenton Nelson, Virginia
Second Team Special Teams
PK           Ethan Ratke, James Madison
P             Harry O’Kelly, James Madison
RS           Joe Reed, Virginia
SP           Joey Blount, Virginia



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