Crusaders name seven to Don Hansen All-Region Team

Crusaders name seven to Don Hansen All-Region Team
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Crusaders name seven to Don Hansen All-Region Team
First Team All-Region selection Nigel Gay picks off a pass versus Tuskegee in the 2nd round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Brookfield, Ill.— North Greenville placed seven players on the 2016 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Two team, with senior defensive back Nigel Gay and junior offensive lineman Caleb Harris headlining as first team selections.

Nigel Gay, a senior from Newman, Georgia led the North Greenville secondary in 2016 with five interceptions, 12-deflections, and seven breakups. The defender also racked up on tackles this season with 76-total stops including 50-solo. 3.5 of those tackles came for a loss. Gay also forced two fumbles.

Caleb Harris, also a First Team All-Region selection, anchored North Greenville’s offensive line which produced a 1,000-yard rusher and a 3,000-yard passer. Harris finished the 2016 season with 23 knockdowns while grading out at 91-percent for the season.

Will Hunter’s first season as starting quarterback for the Crusaders seemed all but scripted as he helped lead North Greenville to the third round of the NCAA Playoffs, garnering a Second Team All-Region nod in the process. Hunter threw for 3,035-yards and 23-touchdowns in his first season at the helm, averaging 216-yards through the air in the process. The signal caller threw just eight interceptions in 387-attempts with only four interceptions through 13-games. He had a long of 99-yards.

Also, earning a second team nod on offense is dynamic freshman Tracy Scott, who quickly made a name for himself with a huge inaugural campaign. Scott ran for 1,190-yards this season with 15-touchdowns. Scott had four consecutive 100-yard performances and six total this season. Scott was also a big play threat for the NGU offense, accounting for seven touchdowns of 20 or more yards including two from 40-yards out and two from more than 50. He finished with 304-yards with two touchdowns in the playoffs.

Michael Thomas rounds out the offensive nods for the Crusaders as he earned a Third Team selection. Thomas quarterbacked the North Greenville offensive line from the center position in 2016 and helped lead one Division-II’s best offenses. Thomas was a dominant force on the inside the Crusaders as he was second on the team with 53 knockdowns while grading out at 97-percent.

Anthony Blair and Tony Godbolt round out the All-Region selections for the Crusaders with Third-Team nods. Anthony Blair was the biggest threat off the edge for NGU’s defense this season as he racked up 5.5 quarterback sacks. He finished the season with 49-tackles including 11 for a loss and 11-hurries. Blair also knocked down three passes and recovered two fumbles.

Tony Godbolt was named a team captain for the 2016-season and took home a third team nod in his final season as a Crusader. Godbolt finished the season with 88-tackles from his safety position, 42 of which were solo and 2.5 for a loss. Godbolt also tallied two interceptions, 11-deflections, and nine break-ups in pass defense.