Blazers Honored on All Gulf South Conference Team

| November 19, 2015

Valdosta State Football

VALDOSTA — Seven Valdosta State football players were named to the 2015 All-Gulf South Conference team, and redshirt freshman Malcolm McClenton earned GSC Defensive Freshman of the Week honors, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

In a poll taken by coaches throughout the conference, the resulting votes placed six Blazers on the first team and one additional player among the second team honorees.

Cedric O’Neal became a first team honoree for the third time in his career and accounted for his fourth straight season as an All-GSC running back. The recognition for O’Neal came on the heels of a regular season in which the Dublin, Ga. native led the GSC with 14 touchdowns and set new school records for rushing touchdowns and rushing yardage in a career.

Representing the Black Swarm, Kenny Murphy, Kenny Moore, and Sharmaine Washington joined O’Neal as returning honorees from the 2014 season. The announcement marked the second straight year in which Murphy and Moore earned first team honors, while Washington made the jump from second team to first team after leading the Blazers in 2015 on defense with 83 tackles.

Senior wide receiver Greg Dent and sophomore center David May made a splash on Wednesday as first-time All-GSC honorees. Each played key roles during the Blazers’ 8-2 regular season, and each were selected to the All-GSC first team in recognition of their efforts.

Also a first-time All-GSC honoree, Jack Bradley represented the Blazers as a second team member. The senior offensive guard served as an anchor for a young offensive line that has continuously improved throughout the course of the 2015 season and helped lead the Blazers to over 4000 yards of total offense and an average of over 35 points per game.

McClenton, a Thomasville, Ga. native out of Thomas County Central, kicked off his Defensive Freshman of the Year campaign with an interception and a pair of tackles against Albany State on September 5th. Since then, the linebacker has recorded 24 tackles, with one sack and 5.0 tackles for loss. He delivered his best performance of the season in a critical GSC matchup against Delta State on November 11th, with a season high five tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in VSU’s triple-overtime win over the Statesmen.

The Blazers open up play in the 2015 NCAA Playoffs on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium against the Eagles of Carson-Newman. A pep rally is scheduled for Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. in The Complex to celebrate VSU’s return to the playoffs, and Saturday’s Blazer Walk will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday on Williams Street just outside of Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.

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