Greenville, SC - Christmas has come early for the North Greenville University football team as seven Crusaders were placed on the All-NCCAA Football Team for the 2014 season.
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, which helped head coach Jeff Farrington earn NCCAA Coach of the Year honors.
Quarterback Nelson Hughes was honored as the NCCAA Offensive Player of the Year and a member of the All-NCCAA First Team 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 also earned a place on the All-NCCAA Offense First 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.
Junior Taylor Anderson was selected to the All-NCCAA Defense First team after the 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.
Sophomore defensive back Tony Godbolt was also named to the All-NCCAA Defense First Team as he 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.
Linebacker Quan Weeks was place on the All-NCCAA Defense Second Team as the sophomore 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.
Senior place kicker/punter Justin Gravely rounded out the selections as a All-NCCAA defense Second Team member 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.
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