Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2013 All-Conference awards for football. A total of 65 student-athletes have earned All-Conference honors. Methodist University's Max Reber was named the Offensive Player of the Year while LaGrange College's Marsalis Jackson earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. The LaGrange duo of Andre Carter and Jordan Chambers were named Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year, respectively. Rounding out the individual awards was Maryville College Head Coach Mike Rader who was named the Coach of the Year. The USA South also recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team, consisting of one member from each competing school.
All honors are determined by votes from the football coach at each institution.
Reber, a junior quarterback from St. Augustine, Florida currently leads the USA South and all of Division III in total yards per game, averaging 364.2 yards per contest. On the year, Reber completed a Conference-best 65.9 percent of his passes for 2,998 yards with 26 touchdowns. The latter two statistics ranked second in the League. Additionally, on the ground, Reber carried the ball 135 times for 644 yards, which ranked ninth in the USA South, with four touchdowns. In a 43-41 win over USA South foe LaGrange, Reber set the Conference single-game record by scoring six total touchdowns. For his efforts this season, Reber earned his second consecutive All-Conference honor as he was named to the first team to go along with second team accolades a season ago. Finally, Reber was named USA South Offensive Player of the Week four times this fall.
Jackson, a sophomore wide receiver playing his first year of collegiate football, from Hinesville, Georgia, led all rookies in receiving this season. He averaged 90.2 yards per game, which ranked third in the League, with 12 touchdown receptions, good for second in the USA South. Jackson's 19.2 yard per catch average led the Conference among those players who saw enough action to be ranked. His best game of the year came in a 44-40 win over Huntingdon when he set a new school record with 171 yards receiving. For his efforts this season, Jackson was a Second Team All-Conference selection at wide receiver and earned USA South Offensive Rookie of the Week honors three times.
Carter, a Villa Rica, Georgia junior linebacker collects Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. He compiled 106 total tackles, a League-best 71 of which were solo take downs. Carter also led the Conference with 18 tackles which resulted in a loss of yardage. Additionally, he broke up five passes, intercepted two passes, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble this season. For his efforts, he was named a First Team All-Conference linebacker and Defensive Player of the Week once this fall.
Chambers, a freshman linebacker from Kennesaw, Georgia led all USA South rookies with 81 total tackles and 64 solo take downs this season. In Conference matchups alone, he compiled a League-best 60 solo tackles. Chambers tallied 13 tackles which resulted in a loss of a Conference-high 74 yards. He was second in the Conference with 4.5 sacks which produced a loss of 42 total yards and was tied for the League lead in forced fumbles with three. His efforts this season earned him First Team All-Conference honors at linebacker and two USA South Defensive Rookie of the Week accolades.
Rader, in his second season at the helm, becomes the first Maryville football coach to collect USA South Coach of the Year honors. Rader led his team to a share of its second consecutive League title after the Scots finished with a 6-2 Conference mark and an 8-2 overall record. Thanks to a regular season win over Co-USA South Champion Methodist, Maryville will be heading to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in the program's history. The co-championship comes off the heels of the Scots being voted to finish fourth in the Preseason Conference Coaches poll. Finally, Maryville cracked the National Top-25 Rankings this season for the first time in 35 years.
Coach of the Year
The 2013 USA South Football All-Conference Team:
Running Back - Travis Felder, Maryville
Tight End- Jared Miller, Maryville
Offensive Line- Rance Hightower, Maryville
Dalton Stephens, Maryville
Defensive Line- Jonathan Clark, Maryville
Jamie Owen, Maryville
Linebacker- Dylan Wolfenbarger, Maryville
Linebacker- Gabe Johnson, Maryville
Defensive Back- Micah Smith, Maryville
Devin Brunsvold, Maryville