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CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( â?? Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) and Coastal Carolina linebacker Quinn Backus (Greenwood, S.C.) have been voted the 2012 Big South Football Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, by the Conferenceâ??s head coaches and media panel, it was announced today by the League office. Liberty quarterback Josh Woodrum (Roanoke, Va.) was tabbed Freshman of the Year, while Coastal Carolinaâ??s Joe Moglia was voted Coach of the Year. In addition, the Big Southâ??s sports information directors voted Liberty wide receiver Pat Kelly (New Orleans, La.) as the football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Maysonet was a unanimous selection in repeating as the Big Southâ??s Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the third consecutive back-to-back winner of the award. He finished the regular-season with Big South records of 1,721 rushing yards, 19 rushing touchdowns, 21 overall scores, three 200-yard rushing games, eight multi-touchdown games and his 156.5 yards per game is pacing ahead of the Leagueâ??s single-season mark. A Walter Payton Award candidate, Maysonet rushed for more than 100 yards in eight games -- including six with more than 165, and tied the Big South record with five-straight multi-TD games to close out the regular-season. In 2012 he was the first player in Big South history to reach 1,000 rushing yards in his teamsâ?? first seven games, as well as the first in League annals with a touchdown in every regular-season contest. Maysonet, who currently ranks first in the nation in rushing yards per game, rushed for 921 yards and 11 touchdowns in six Big South games to help the Seawolves claim their fourth-straight Big South championship. He is also the first player in the Conference record books to record more than 2,000 all-purpose yards during the regular-season (2,046). This season Maysonet rushed for 220 yards in Stony Brookâ??s win at Army, a career-high 233 at Coastal Carolina and 212 at Presbyterian.

Maysonet received all 17 first-place votes and 34 points to finish ahead of runner-up Aramis Hillary (Coastal Carolina), who had 14 total points.

Backus is the second Chanticleer in three seasons to be honored as the Conferenceâ??s Defensive Player of the Year, and is the fourth sophomore to receive the honor. In his first season as a starter, Backus tallied a school-record 123 total tackles (56 solo, 67 assisted) during the regular-season, with 8.0 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Backusâ?? 123 tackles leads the Big South while his 11.2 per game is second in the League. The only player in the Big South to rank among the top 10 in tackles, sacks, TFL, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries and interceptions, Backus was the first five-time Defensive Player of the Week honoree this season and won two National Defensive Player of the Week accolades. He posted eight games with at least 10 tackles, including a career-high 16 in the regular-season finale against Charleston Southern, and enters the postseason 20th in the nation in forced fumbles. In League play, Backus led the Conference with 69 stops with 6.5 tackles-for-loss in helping the Chanticleers clinch a share of the Big South title and secure the Leagueâ??s automatic playoff berth.

Backus is the fifth linebacker to be named Big South Defensive Player of the Year and the first since 2010. He received nine first-place votes and 20 points, finishing ahead of Charles James (Charleston Southern), who received three first-place votes and 11 points. Gardner-Webbâ??s Tanner Burch was third in the voting with 10 points (three first-place votes).

Woodrum, who is a candidate for the Jerry Rice Award honoring the top FCS freshman in the country, is the second Liberty player to be voted Big South Freshman of the Year and the first since 2005. Since becoming Libertyâ??s starting quarterback in Week 3, Woodrum was 179-of-259 passing ( =69.1 percent) for 1,943 yards and 11 touchdowns in his nine starts under center. He went 6-3 in that span with a 139.19 efficiency rating. Woodrum set Big South single-game freshman records this season with 373 passing yards vs. Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, and tied the League-freshman record with 34 pass completions at Montana on Sept. 15. He ended the season with 1,966 passing yards -- the second-highest total for a Big South freshman as well as a Liberty record for a frosh. Woodrum threw seven of his 11 touchdown passes in Big South games and had a touchdown strike in eight of his nine starts this season.

Woodrum is the first quarterback to be honored as Big South Freshman of the Year, and received 11 first-place votes and 27 points, ahead of Charleston Southern wide receiver Larry Jones III (three first-place votes and 15 points).

Moglia directed the Chanticleers to a share of the Big South football championship in his first season at Coastal Carolina, the programâ??s fifth in its 10 years of existence. Excluding the Big Southâ??s first season of 2002, he is the first head coach to win seven games in his first season in the Big South, and is one of two coaches to win a League title in his first season in the Conference (along with Libertyâ??s Turner Gill). Mogliaâ??s squad became the first team in League history to win five consecutive Big South games by more than 20 points, as the Chanticleersâ?? average margin of victory in its five Big South wins was 30.4 points. Coastal Carolina closed out the season with a school-record six consecutive 200-yard rushing games and set a Big South single-season record with six two-point conversions this season. In Big South games, the Chanticleers ranked first in scoring offense (42.0), rushing offense (271.5), total offense (475.5), punt return average (17.6), turnover margin (+5), 3rd down conversions (61.2) and first downs (134). In all 11 games, Coastal was second in scoring (35.2), first in passing offense (233.5) and first in turnover margin (+5). Nationally, the Chants rank 15th in scoring offense, 19th in punt returns and 21st in total offense.

Moglia, who was named one of 20 candidates for the Eddie Robinson Award, received nine first-place votes and 23 points, finishing ahead of fellow Robinson Award candidate and FCS Playoff participant Chuck Priore of Stony Brook (six first-place votes and 18 points).

Kelly, who is Libertyâ??s first Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year in football, is a 4.0 student majoring in exercise science. He helped Liberty to a share of the Big South football championship and led the Big South with 80 receptions this season -- the second player in League history with at least 80 catches in a year. Kelly set the Big South single-game record for receptions with 16 at Coastal Carolina on Oct. 27, and is 11th in the country with 7.27 receptions per game. The 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-American is again among the national honorees for the award this season.

The Big South also announced its All-Conference first and second teams. The squads are comprised of 12 offensive and defensive players and five special teams players, plus any ties. Coastal Carolina, Liberty and Gardner-Webb led the way with 13 total selections, followed by Stony Brook with 12. The Chanticleers and Seawolves tied for the League-high with eight First-Team honorees.

Maysonet and Backus each earned a spot on the All-Conference First-Team. Coastal Carolinaâ??s Niccolo Mastromatteo picked up All-Big South First-Team honors as a punt returner and Second-Team honors as a wide receiver, while Gardner-Webbâ??sJ.J. Hubbard was a Second-Team pick at both kickoff returner and punt returner. The list of 2012 All-Conference members and award winners, as well as the All-Academic Team, appears below.




QB Aramis Hillary, Sr., Coastal Carolina

RB Miguel Maysonet, Sr., Stony Brook

RB Aldreakis Allen, Jr., Liberty

WR Kevin Norrell, Sr., Stony Brook

WR Pat Kelly, Sr., Liberty

WR Matt Hazel, Jr., Coastal Carolina

TE Seth Cranfill, R-Soph., Gardner-Webb

OL Michael Bamiro, R-Jr., Stony Brook

OL Pat Williams, Sr., Coastal Carolina

OL Mike Lisi, Soph., Stony Brook

OL Steve Demilio, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb

OL Aaron Lundy, R-Sr., Liberty


DL Jonathan Coats, Sr., Stony Brook

DL Charlie Jones, Sr., VMI

DL Johnny Hartsfield, Sr., Coastal Carolina

DL Quinton Davis, Sr., Coastal Carolina

LB Quinn Backus, Soph., Coastal Carolina

LB Nick Sigmon, R-Soph., Liberty

LB Tanner Burch, Soph., Gardner-Webb

LB Jawara Dudley, Jr., Stony Brook

DB Charles James, R-Sr., Charleston Southern

DB Dominick Reyes, R-Sr., Stony Brook

DB Brent Vinson, Sr., Liberty

DB Dontavais Johnson, Sr., Coastal Carolina


PK Wesley Skiffington, R-Sr., Stony Brook

P Bo Lindsey, Sr., Gardner-Webb

LS Richard Wright, R-Jr., Liberty

KR Michael Ruff, Sr., Presbyterian

PR Niccolo Mastromatteo, Jr., Coastal Carolina



QB Kyle Essington, Sr., Stony Brook

RB Jeremy Height, Sr., Coastal Carolina

RB Kenny Little, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb

WR Kenny Cook, R-Soph., Gardner-Webb

WR Niccolo Mastromatteo, Jr., Coastal Carolina

WR Larry Jones III, Fr., Charleston Southern

TE David Duran, R-Sr., Coastal Carolina

OL Scott Hernandez, R-Jr., Stony Brook

OL Jamie Dunaway, Sr., Gardner-Webb

OL Jay Weatherington, Sr., Liberty

OL Chad Hamilton, R-Soph., Coastal Carolina

OL Austin Sargent, Sr., Gardner-Webb


DL Maurice Dickson, Jr., Gardner-Webb

DL Bryant Lewellyn, R-Sr., Liberty

DL Preston Pemasa, Jr., Gardner-Webb

DL Cory Freeman, R-Jr., Liberty

LB Mike McClure, Jr., Coastal Carolina

LB Scott Hyland, Jr., Liberty

LB Donelle Williams, Soph., Presbyterian

LB LJ Perry, Jr., Presbyterian

DB Walt Aikens, R-Jr., Liberty

DB Davonte Anderson, Jr., Stony Brook

DB Elijah Lee, Jr., Charleston Southern

DB Cedrick Moore, Sr., Stony Brook


PK John Lunsford, Fr., Liberty

P Grant Bowden, Jr., Liberty

LS Hudson Smith, Jr., Gardner-Webb

KR J.J. Hubbard, Soph., Gardner-Webb

PR J.J. Hubbard, Soph., Gardner-Webb


Nick Kemper, Gr., OL, Charleston Southern

Niccolo Mastromatteo, Jr., WR, Coastal Carolina

Lucas Beatty, R-Soph., QB, Gardner-Webb

Pat Kelly, Sr., WR, Liberty

Breyon Williams, Soph., LB, Presbyterian College

Kyle Essington, Sr., QB, Stony Brook

Ty Garvin, Soph., LB, VMI


Miguel Maysonet, Sr., RB, Stony Brook (unanimous)


Quinn Backus, Soph., LB, Coastal Carolina


Josh Woodrum, R-Fr., QB, Liberty


Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina


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Pat Kelly, Sr., WR, Liberty

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