Fobbs, Grambling State headline SWAC honors
By CRAIG HALEY
(STATS) - The SWAC may have to consider renaming its coach of the year award after Grambling State's Broderick Fobbs.
He's won the award in each of his four seasons, including Thursday when All-SWAC honors were announced following a vote of the conference's coaches and sports information directors.
On Saturday, Fobbs' Tigers (10-1) will try to repeat as conference champion when they face Alcorn State in the title game in Houston. They're 37-10 during Fobbs' tenure, including 34-3 against conference opponents.
Grambling dominated the SWAC postseason honors. Senior quarterback DeVante Kincade was named the SWAC's offensive player of the year for the second consecutive season and senior linebacker De'Arius Christmas earned the defensive player of the year award.
Kincade leads the SWAC in passing yards (2,409), passing efficiency (143.8) and total offensive yards (2,649) and has thrown 19 touchdowns. Christmas has totaled 76 tackles, 14 1/2 tackles for loss and 3 1/2 sacks.
Both players helped Grambling lead the way in All-SWAC selections with nine on the first team and 12 overall. Alcorn was second with nine all-conference selections, one more than Prairie View A&M and Southern with eight each.
Mississippi Valley State wide receiver Quinn McElfresh was named the SWAC's newcomer of the year and Prairie View place-kicker Zach Elder the freshman of the year.
SWAC POSTSEASON AWARDS
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - DeVante Kincade, QB, Grambling State
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - De'Arius Christmas, LB, Grambling State
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Quinn McElfresh, WR, Mississippi Valley State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Zach Elder, PK, Prairie View A&M
COACH OF THE YEAR - Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State
QB - DeVante Kincade, Grambling State
RB - De'Lance Turner, Alcorn State
RB - Martez Carter, Grambling State
OL - Trent Scott, Grambling State
OL - Timothy Gardner, Alcorn State
OL - William Waddell, Grambling State
OL - Kenyon Brantley, Alcorn State
OL - Sam Baptiste, Alabama State
WR - Norlando Veals, Alcorn State
WR - Khadarel Hodge, Prairie View A&M
TE - Dillon Beard, Southern
DL - Aaron Tiller, Southern
DL - La'Allan Clark, Grambling State
DL - Brandon Varner, Grambling State
DL - Vernon Moland, Alabama A&M
LB - De'Arius Christmas, Grambling State
LB - Kenneth Davis, Alabama A&M
LB - Jalyn Williams, Prairie View A&M
DB - Danny Johnson, Southern
DB - De'Aumante Johnson, Grambling State
DB - Ju'Anthony Parker, Prairie View A&M
DB - Ronnie Scott, Alabama State
FIRST-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
PK - Marc Orozco, Grambling State
P - Jamie Gillan, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
RS - Darius Floyd, Prairie View A&M
Updated November 30, 2017