Six members of the Kentucky State University football team were honored by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Tuesday afternoon at the celebrated kickoff of the 2017 season with its annual Media Day at the College Football Hall of Fame.
Senior defensive lineman, Rodriquez Jones, and junior offensive lineman Marcus Campbell Jr. were selected to the Conference first team, while sophomore offensive weapon Jules St. Ge, senior running back Lavelle Cloyd, junior linebacker Keonte Reynolds, and senior defensive back Ryan Luckett were named to the second team.
Jones caught the attention of the conference and its voters by making highlight plays during his first season in the Capitol City. Jones blocked the game-winning field goal attempt by #5 Tuskegee, for a thrilling 10-9 victory on Oct. 22. His numbers also backed up his play, solidifying himself as the most significant pass rush option as he picked up 4.5 sacks on the season.
Campbell continued where he left off in 2015 as an All-SIAC selection, playing every single offensive snap in 2016 for the Thorobreds, providing stability for the fourth-ranked rushing offense in the SIAC.
St. Ge started every SIAC game of the season for the Thorobreds and proved to be a true field general. He showed true grit as he was named the starting quarterback in the third game of his freshman season. St. Ge proved to be a dual-threat through the air and the ground, accumulating 772 yards of total offense, leading to being named the SIAC Freshman of the Year.
Cloyd came on strong in the final three games of the season for KSU as he racked up 280 yards of his final 311 rushing yards, along with three touchdowns. His top performance came during the SIAC Championship against Fort Valley State University where he rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown in a 33-30 double overtime loss.
Reynolds finished second in tackles for the Thorobreds, as he accumulated 68 wrap-ups, five and a half tackles for a loss, three sacks, and one fumble recovery. His top performance of the season came against Miles College in a thrilling 28-24 victory on Oct. 15, where he accounted for the 13 solo tackles, beginning a string of three consecutive games with double-digit tackles.
Luckett was the Thorobreds’ lockdown cornerback a year ago as he kept the top receivers within the SIAC in check. Luckett finished the season with 20 total tackles, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
Rounding out the day of announcements, was the preseason standings voted on by the head coaches and sports information directors of the conference. KSU was picked to finish third in the standings, behind TU and MC of the West division. The Thorobreds picked up two first place votes, after being picked to finish last in 2016, and making it all the way to the program’s first ever SIAC championship game.
by Eric Mathews