Roseland, NJ - Post season awards continue to pour in for the North Greenville University football team as seven Crusaders have been placed on the USA College Football Division II All-American list.
North Greenville finished the 2014 season with a 7-5 overall record, including a 42-16 triumph over Shorter University in the NCCAA Victory Bowl in the season finale.
Senior place kicker/punter Justin Gravely led the selections as a First Team All-American after being the team's primary punter and kicker during the 2014 season. As a kicker, Gravely set a school-record with 15 made field goals, including a long of 43 yards against Limestone. The Pickens, SC native was also a perfect 49-for-49 on extra point attempts in leading the team with 94 total points scored.
Quarterback Nelson Hughes was honored as a Second Team All-American following another record-breaking season under center. The junior signal-caller completed 63.9 percent of his pass attempts for 3,150 yards and 22 touchdowns, including a school-record five touchdown passes in an early season matchup with Tusculum College and four games throwing for over 300 yards. Hughes also set the North Greenville record for career pass completions, pass attempts and passing yards, while also rushing for 220 yards and two touchdowns and catching two passes for 40 yards and a score.
Sophomore wide receiver Robbie Brown earned a place on the All-American Third Team after a breakout season on the field. Brown led the Crusaders with 80 receptions for 1,166 yards and eight touchdowns, including four games of over 100 yards receiving and a career-high 206 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Ave Maria early in the season.
The Crusader defense saw three members honored as All-American Honorable mentions as junior Taylor Anderson and sophomores Tony Godbolt and Quan Weeks were named to the team.
Anderson, a junior outside linebacker, totaled 123 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 12 games on defense. The defensive captain filled up the stat sheet, also recording two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, six pass breakups and one defensive touchdown.
Godbolt, a sophomore free safety, led all members of the secondary with 81 total tackles, including two tackles for loss and four games with double digit tackles. The Fort Mill, SC native also totaled seven pass breakups and three interceptions, while forcing one fumble in 12 games.
Weeks, a sophomore inside linebacker, adjusted to his new position on the field by setting a school-record with 128 total tackles, including a career-high 16 stops against Tusculum early in the season, and totaling 5.5 tackles for loss.
Running back Tristen Jackson was also honored by USA College Football as a member of the inaugural Freshman All-American Team. Jackson finished third on the team with 384 rushing yards on 73 carries (5.3 yards per rush) with five touchdowns on the ground, while also catching seven passes for 56 yards. The Jefferson, GA native had the best game of his young career against Brevard College, totaling 22 carries for 184 yards and three scores in his first career start.
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