Southland Conference Sends Six To Premier All-Star Games

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference will be well represented in two of the premier college football all-star games, the East-West Shrine game and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which both kick off on Saturday afternoon.McNeese linebacker B.J. Blunt, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, Buck Buchanan Award runner-up Derick Roberson of Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin long snapper Chris Wilkerson will be featured in the East-West Shrine Game, which can be seen on NFL Network at 2 p.m. CT from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.Lumberjack long snapper Chris Wilkerson headed to the 94th East-West Shrine Game® in St. Petersburg, Florida ????”College Football’s All-Stars…Future NFL Legends” [email protected]_Game?? | #AxeEm— Lumberjack Football (@SFA_Football) December 28, 2018 The Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Blunt earned First Team FCS All-America honors from the Associated Press after racking up 102 tackles, 11 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, which stood as the third-most among FCS players.A First-Team AP FCS All-America and All-Southland defensive end, Roberson finished tied for first in FCS with 15.0 sacks, which tied the school’s single-season record. He also tied for second nationally with five forced fumbles.Named to Phil Steele’s FCS All-America Second Team, Wilkerson has served as the Lumberjacks’ starting long snapper for three-straight seasons, appearing in all 32 games in that span and in 42 games during his SFA career.Northwestern State defensive end Obinna Iheoma, Nicholls wide receiver Damion Jeanpiere Jr., and Incarnate Word linebacker Silas Stewart are also in action Saturday in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which kicks off at 4 p.m. CT from Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif., and can be seen on FOX Sports 1.After transferring from Tyler Junior College, Iheoma made the most of his two years with the Demons, tallying eight sacks in each of the past two seasons and compiling 19.5 tackles for loss from the “buck” position, a blend of defensive end and outside linebacker.Iheoma prepping for Rose Bowl appearance Saturday in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl #Demon18all #EAT #NeverYield— NSU Football (@NSUDemonsFB) January 15, 2019 Jeanpiere Jr., posted the fifth-most receiving yards (850) in the conference, finishing with the most yards per catch (19.3) among wideouts with at least 40 receptions. A Second Team All-Southland punt returner, he averaged the second-most yards per return (6.8) on 12 attempts. A second-team all-league linebacker, Stewart ranked eighth in the Southland in solo tackles (54), total tackles (94) and tackles per game (8.5). A member of the FCS-leading team with 29 turnovers, he snagged three interceptions, forced two fumbles and recorded a fumble recovery.last_img read more