All-Conference honors awarded to 10 football Eagles

Kevin Gregan

The College Sports Madness and Southern Pigskin websites made their own decisions as who deserved All-Conference honors for Georgia Southern University on Wednesday.

10 GSU players were named to the first and second teams by the two websites.

To lead the Eagles, junior offensive tackle Dorian Byrd, senior defensive end Dion DuBose and senior defensive tackle Brent Russell were all named First Team All-Southern Conference players for their play in 2012 by both sites.

Byrd, who was named to the First Team All-Conference by the Southern Conference coaches and the media last week, was honored by the two sites for his contribution to a rushing offense that averaged 401 yards rushing per game.

DuBose and Russell helped give the Eagles a defensive line that was part of a defense ranked third in the SoCon for total defense. The two players combined for seven sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.

Four other defensive Eagles were named to the All-Conference team Second Team by the websites. Junior defensive end Javon Mention, senior defensive back JJ Wilcox, senior linebacker John Stevenson and senior safety Darius Eubanks make up the core of the Second Team defense.

Stevenson led the Eagles with 94 tackles, while Mention led the team in sacks with 6.5 sacks. Wilcox, who made the switch to defense for his senior season, recorded 72 tackles, second on the team.

Senior punt returner and A-back Darreion Robinson, brother of Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, made the Second Team by the sites as well. He scored four touchdowns on offense and recorded a season-high 37-yard punt return.

Along with Byrd, who made the First Team, two other offensive linemen, sophomore Logan Daves and Senior Blake DeBartola were called to the Second Team.

In all, the 10 players honored by College Sports Madness and Southern Pigskin are part of a team that will begin Football Championship Subdivision playoff-play on Saturday against the University of Central Arkansas.