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December 26, 2013

Four named All-Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- A total of four ULM football players earned All-Louisiana honors as the Louisiana Sports Writers' Association released its annual team today.

Josh Allen, Justin Manton and Isaiah Newsome earned First-Team All-Louisiana honors, while Gerrand Johnson earned Second Team All-Louisiana accolades.

Senior Josh Allen started at 12 games at center during the 2013 season and was part of the line that saw the Warhawks rack up a season high 571 yards of total offense in the 48-10 win over Grambling State. Allen was also part of a school-record 104 plays in the club's 21-19 win at Wake Forest; it was the first-ever win over an ACC program for the Warhawks. In all, Allen helped ULM tally 350 or more yards of total offense in four of the seven conference games.

Junior punter Justin Manton averaged 45.8 yard per punt (80 punts; 3,664 yards) to finish the regular season as the SBC leader and he is currently sixth among all FBS punters. Manton had a total of 28 punts go for 50 or more yards, including four of 60 or more yards. He set a career-high with a 77-yard punt at Baylor, which placed him in a tie for second with John Kelly who had a 77 yard punt at McNeese State during the 1962 season. One of Manton's biggest plays of the season came in the finale at UL-Lafayette as the junior faked a punt on fourth and four at the ULM 28-yard line. His 14-yard rush for a first down kept the Warhawk drive alive and eventually led to a ULM touchdown, putting the team in front, 28-21.

Isaiah Newsome led the Warhawk defense in both interceptions (four) and interception return yards (175). The senior started all 12 games in the secondary and finished with 48 total tackles (31 solo, 17 asst), including three for a loss as well as three pass breakups and seven deflections. Newsome made his name known as he recorded two interception returns for scores in ULM's win at Texas State. The Petal, Miss., native had returns of 71- and 75-yards and he is just one of four players in FBS history to return two interceptions (both of 70 or more yards) for touchdowns (first since the 1988 season). He earned a spot on SportsCenter's Top-10 for his performance as he came in at number five. Newsome also was awarded a total of 11 honors for the week.

Gerrand Johnson, who started all 12 games at nose tackle, tied for the team lead with 11.0 tackles for loss and finished fourth on the team with 56 total tackles (24 solo, 32 asst). Johnson also registered one sack and three quarterback hurries during the 2013 season. In the Sun Belt opener against Western Kentucky, the Rayville, La., native tallied seven tackles (three solo, four asst) and recorded one for loss. In the home finale against Arkansas State, Johnson tied a career high with 10 tackles (four solo, six asst).

All-LOUISIANA LSWA COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
OL/Arinze Agada, McNeese State/Sr./Houston, Texas/SLC Offensive Lineman of Year; 3rd Team A-A

OL/Josh Allen, ULM/Sr./Cedar Hill, Texas/First team All-SBC, Started all 12 games at center

OL/La'el Collins, LSU/Jr./Baton Rouge, La./Second Team All-SEC, 56 knockdowns

OL/Andre Huval, Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Scott, La./First Team All-SBC, started 38 straight games at center

OL/Antoine Everett, McNeese State/Jr./Richmond, Texas/First Team All-SLC, left tackle

TE/Nic Jacobs, McNeese State/Jr./Many, La./First Team All-SLC, 32 catches, 4 TDs

WR/Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU/Jr./New Orleans, La./Hornung Winner, 1st Team A-A, 57 rec., 1,117 yards, 8 TDs

WR/Jarvis Landry, LSU/Jr./Convent, La./Team best 75 rec, 1,172 yards, 10 TDs; Named LSU team MVP

RB/Jeremy Hill, LSU/So./Baton Rouge, La./First Team All-SEC, 1,185 yds, 14 TDs in 11 games, 6.8 ypc

RB/Marcus Wiltz, McNeese State/Sr./Cecilia, La./First Team All-SLC, 1,287 yds, 11 TD, 1st since 2009 over 1,000

QB/Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana/Jr./Granada Hills, Calif./SLC POY, 2,896 yds, 20 TD, 61.7 pass %

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE:
DL/Anthony Johnson, LSU/Jr./New Orleans, La./Second Team All-SEC, 32 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT

DL/Everett Ellefsen, McNeese State/Jr./Madisonville, La./First Team All-SLC, 44 tackles, 7 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 INT

DL/IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech/Sr./Pflugerville, Texas/First Team C-USA, 11 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 7 QBH

DL/Julius Warmsley, Tulane/Sr./Baton Rouge, La./First Team C-USA, 42 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 4.0 Sacks, 5 QBH

LB/Justin Anderson, Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Foley, Ala./First Team All-SBC, 123 tackles, 5 games 10 or more TT

LB/Lamin Barrow, LSU/Sr./Marrero, La./Second Team All-SEC, 86 tackles, 4.5 TFL

LB/Cqulin Hubert, Southeastern Louisiana/Sr./Houston, Texas/SLC Def. POY, 77 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 1 INT

DB/Lorenzo Doss, Tulane/So./New Orleans, La./Walter Camp 2nd Team A-A, 2nd NCAA in INT (7), 9 PBU, 32 TT

DB/Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana/So./Kentwood, La./First Team All-SLC, 38 tackles, 4 INT, 10 BPU

DB/Guy Morgan, McNeese State/Sr./Baton Rouge, La./First Team All-SLC, 59 tackles, 4 INT, 1 TD, 1 sack

DB/Isaiah Newsome, ULM/Sr./Petal, Miss./48 tackles, 3 TFL, 4 int (175 return yards), 3 PBUs

FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS:
RS/Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU/Jr./New Orleans, La./14 PR, 141 yds, 30 KOR, 806 yds, 100 yd missed FG for TD

K/Cairo Santos, Tulane/Sr./Brasilia, Brazil/First Team All-SEC, Lou Groza Semi., 16-22 FG, Long 56, 35-35 PAT

P/Justin Manton, ULM/Jr./Prairieville, La./First Team All-SBC, 45.8 avg, 24 inside 20, 16 FC, 11 touchbacks

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Bryan Bennett, QB, Southeastern Louisiana

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Lorenzo Doss, DB, Tulane

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Bryan Bennett, QB, Southeastern Louisiana

COACH OF THE YEAR - Ron Roberts, Southeastern Louisiana

SECOND TEAM ALL-LOUISIANA OFFENSE:
              OL - Hunter Feibel, Louisiana College, Sr., Shreveport, La. (First Team All-ASC); Gasten Gabriel, Southeastern, Sr., Jackson, La. (First Team All-SLC); Warren Jones, Northwestern State, Sr., Macon, Miss. (Second Team All-SLC); Marshall Paris, Southeastern, Sr, Lake Charles, La. (First Team All-SLC); Daniel Quave, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Gauthier, Miss. (Second Team All-Sun Belt); Trae Turner, LSU, So., New Orleans, La. (Second Team All-SEC).

                TE - Jeremy Meyers, Southeastern, Jr., Baton Rouge, La. (HM All-SLC). WR - Lee Doss, Southern, Sr., New Orleans, La. (Bayou Classic MVP); Ryan Grant, Tulane, Sr., Beaumont, Texas (First Team All-C-USA). RB - Alonzo Harris, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Gasden, Ala. (First Team All-SBC); Ryan Montague, Louisiana College, Sr., New Orleans, La. (ASC Offensive POY); Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette, Fr., Houma, La. (SBC FOY). QB - Zach Mettenberger, LSU, Sr., Watkinsville, Ga. (3,082 yds, 22 TDs)

SECOND TEAM ALL-LOUISIANA DEFENSE:
               DL - Ego Ferguson, LSU, Jr. Mims, Fla. (58 TT, 3.5 TFL); Justin Hamilton, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Natchez, Miss. (Second Team All-SBC); Gerrand Johnson, ULM, So., Rayville, La. (Second Team All-SBC);  Jacob Newman, Southeastern, Jr., Visalia, Calif. (Second Team All-SLC); Preston Thibeaux, Louisiana College, Jr., Breaux Bridge, La. (First Team All-SLC).

                LB - Pat Black, Northwestern State, Sr, Jackson, Miss. (Second Team All-SLC); Daniel Brown, Southern, Jr., New Orleans, La. (led SU in sacks 5.5, TFL 14.0); Dominic Graham, Louisiana College, Sr., Houston, Texas (First Team All-ASC).

                DB - Jordan Batiste, Tulane, So., Gramercy, La. (HM All-C-USA);  Ira Jewitt, Louisiana College, Jr., Shreveport, La. (First Team All-ASC); Craig Loston, LSU, Sr., Aldine, Texas (51 tackles, 2 int.); Sam Scofield, Tulane, Jr., Lafayette, La. (94 TT, 9.5 TFL).

SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS:
               RS - Xavier Roberson, Southeastern, Sr., Atlanta, Ga. (First Team All-SLC); K - Seth Sebastian, Southeastern, Sr., Lafayette, La. (First Team All-SLC); P - Peter Picerelli, Tulane, So., Warren, R.I. (Ray Guy Candidate).

HONORABLE MENTION:
               WR - Diontae Spencer, McNeese.



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