Nine Camels earn All-Big South football honors

Posted 11/28/19
Offensive lineman Jacob Cuddington, linebacker Justice Galloway-Velazquez and defensive back Darion Slade were all named First Team All-Big South, while offensive lineman Tyler McLellan, defensive …

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Nine Camels earn All-Big South football honors

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Offensive lineman Jacob Cuddington, linebacker Justice Galloway-Velazquez and defensive back Darion Slade were all named First Team All-Big South, while offensive lineman Tyler McLellan, defensive linemen Brevin Allen and Damien Dozer, plus punter Brad Dennis were all named to the league’s second team.

QB Hajj-Malik Williams was named the Big South’s Offensive Freshman of the Year, and tight end Michael Wooten was named the Big South All-Academic Team.

Headlining the 2019 Big South Football honorees in addition to Williams were Monmouth quarterback Kenji Bahar as Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year Bryson Armstrong of Kennesaw State, Special Teams Player of the Year Alex Usry of Charleston Southern and Freshman Defensive Player of the Year Cody Cline of Charleston Southern.

Monmouth’s Kevin Callahan was named 2019 Big South Coach of the Year, while North Alabama’s K.J. Smith was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Williams, a freshman from Atlanta, Georgia, was a four-time Big South Freshman of the Week in 2019, earning honorable mention FCS Freshman of the Week nods five times. A STATS Jerry Rice Award Watch List finalist, Williams became the second Camel and first CU freshman to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a single season, throwing for 2,042 yards and 17 touchdowns. The QB also rushed for a team-high 664 yards and nine touchdowns, ranking third in the Big South in total offense (2,686), while standing in the top-six in rushing yards, rushing TDs, passing yards and passing TDs.

Cuddington was Campbell’s starter at left tackle all season, helping pave the way for six individual 100-yard rushing performances, and three individual 100-yard receiving games in 2019. The redshirt senior helped Campbell rush and pass for 200 or more yards six times each, pushing Campbell to a season-high 269 rushing yards at North Alabama.

A two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week, also earning a FCS Defensive Player of the Week honorable mention nod during the season, Galloway-Velazquez was also named First Team All-Big South in his first year as Campbell’s starter at middle linebacker. The sophomore set a Campbell single season record with 111 tackles, recording 10 or more tackles six times, including a career-high 18 against Kennesaw State. One of three Big South defenders to average 10 or more tackles, Galloway-Velazquez averaged 11.2 stops per game in Big South play.

Slade ranked seventh overall and second among defensive backs in the Big South in tackles per game with 7.8, boosting his average to 9.5 stops per game in Big South play, tops among league defensive backs and sixth overall. The redshirt junior recorded 70 tackles in just nine games, posting 10 or more tackles four times on the season, including a season-high 12 stops three times (Presbyterian, Monmouth, Charleston Southern).

McLellan started all 11 games for the Camels at right tackle in his first season on the field, helping bookend the Campbell offensive line with Cuddington. The redshirt sophomore was named a 2019 Preseason Third Team All-Big South by Phil Steele.

Dozier was named Second Team All-Big South for the second straight season, ranking 10th in the conference in sacks per game (0.4) and sixth in tackles per game by a lineman (0.51). The redshirt junior posted 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in Big South play, notching a tackle for loss in eight games, including at least one in seven straight outings. He highlighted his season with a 15-tackle performance, a CU record for a defensive lineman, in a win over Davidson.

Allen totaled 11 tackles for loss on the season, good for eighth in the Big South. The sophomore defensive end was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week after posting 3.5 tackles for loss, including one sack to go along with eight tackles in a win over Presbyterian. Allen ranked fourth in the league in sacks per game (0.5), registering a sack in five games, and a tackle for loss eight times.

Dennis was named All-Big South for the second consecutive season, leading the Big South with a Campbell record 22 punts inside the 20, ranking second in yards per punt (42.7). A FCS Punter of the Year Watch List honoree, Dennis logged 10 punts of 50 or more yards, including a career long of 60 at Charleston Southern, and boomed a 58-yarder at North Alabama. A 2018 First Team All-Big South punter, also serving as CU’s holder, Dennis forced 17 fair catches with only one touchback on the year.

Wooten was named to the Big South All-Academic Team for the second straight season, starting all 11 CU games at tight end. A 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team honoree and semifinalist for the 2019 National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy, the redshirt senior started his final 32 games for the Camels, posting a 10-yard catch at Charleston Southern. One of Campbell’s team captains, Wooten was named Second Team All-Big South by Phil Steele in 2018.

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