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Southland Conference Announces 2018 Football All-Academic Team

FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian quarterback Luke Anthony is the 2018 Southland Conference Football Student-Athlete of the Year and one of the Wildcats' five selections to the all-academic team, announced by the league Tuesday. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.

ACU's five honorees led the way while Houston Baptist, Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana collected a trio of selections. McNeese, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin each earned a pair of honorees. Central Arkansas and Lamar each garnered one pick.

A two-time all-academic team selection, Anthony was voted to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team and boasts a perfect 4.00 grade point average while majoring in finance. 

A member of the 2018 All-Conference Honorable Mention squad, the Fort Worth, Texas, native led the league in completions (319) and completion percentage (65.9) and ranked second in passing yards (3,019) and touchdowns (23).

Four additional student-athletes are also returning all-academic selections, led by three-time honoree Ryan Reed of Northwestern State. Nicholls running back Dontrell Taylor, Houston Baptist defensive lineman Andre Walker and Sam Houston State defensive back Adrian Contreras all landed on the all-academic team for a second time.

Three other student-athletes posted perfect 4.00 grade point averages – ACU defensive back Erik Huhn and Stephen F. Austin offensive lineman Hayden Scott and defensive back Gavin Roland.

Southland Conference All-Academic Teams are voted upon by head coaches, sports information directors and an academic/compliance staff member from each school. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted upon by an awards committee which consists of one administrator from each member school. Voting for one's own athletes is not permitted.

To be eligible for all-academic distinction, an athlete must hold a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA through the semester prior to the sport's championship, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating school prior to the current season, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competitions during the most recently completed season.

Student-Athlete of the Year nominees must have at least a 3.20 GPA and have completed at least two years of athletic competition at the nominating school, including the current season.

2018 Southland Football Student-Athlete of the Year: Luke Anthony, Abilene Christian

2018 Southland Football All-Academic Team
Pos. Name School Hometown Cl. GPA Major
QB Luke Anthony2# Abilene Christian Fort Worth, Texas Jr. 4.00 Finance
RB Chance Pierce Abilene Christian Bridgeport, Texas Jr. 3.40 Kinesiology
RB Dontrell Taylor^2 Nicholls White Castle, La. Jr. 3.75 Petroleum Sciences - Safety Technology
OL Chandler Arceneaux*2 Nicholls Bourg, La. Sr. 3.45 Interdisciplinary Studies
OL Dustin Burns Northwestern State Beaumont, Texas Sr. 3.71 Biology
OL Eddie Houston Nicholls Newton, Miss. Gr. 3.18 Human Performance Education
OL Kade Parmelly^ Abilene Christian Abilene, Texas Jr. 3.90 Kinesiology
OL Hayden Scott Stephen F. Austin Spring, Texas Gr. 4.00 Professional Accountancy
TE Bransen Schwebel* Southeastern Louisiana Amite, La. Jr. 3.00 Management
WR Josh Fink^&# Abilene Christian Coppell, Texas Sr. 3.96 Finance
WR Brandon Myers Central Arkansas Plant City, Fla. So. 3.48 Undecided
PK Gunnar Raborn McNeese Lafayette, La. Sr. 3.21 Management
P Alex Kjellsten* McNeese Lake Charles, La. Sr. 3.40 General Studies
DL Dedrick Garner Lamar Fairfield, Texas Sr. 3.14 Criminal Justice
DL Johnavhon Graham Houston Baptist DeSoto, Texas Sr. 3.15 Kinesiology/Wellness Management
DL Jon Miller Southeastern Louisiana Pelham, N.Y. Sr. 3.24 General Studies
DL Andre Walker^2 Houston Baptist Slidell, La. Jr. 3.52 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
LB Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund^ Southeastern Louisiana Darmouth, Nova Scotia Jr. 3.89 Biology
LB Langston Tunson Houston Baptist Humble, Texas Jr. 3.93 Legal Studies
DB Adrian Contreras^2# Sam Houston State Georgetown, Texas Sr. 3.66 Accounting
DB Erik Huhn Abilene Christian Cibolo, Texas Gr. 4.00 Higher Education
DB Zyon McCollum* Sam Houston State Galveston, Texas So. 3.08 Biomedical Sciences
DB Ryan Reed^3 Northwestern State St. Francisville, La. Sr. 3.59 Industrial Engineering Technology
DB Gavin Roland^ Stephen F. Austin League City, La. So. 4.00 Biology
* Automatic selection; First Team All-Conference
^ Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-District
& Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-American
# Automatic selection; FCS ADA Academic All-Star
2 Two-time all-academic selection
3 Three-time all-academic selection