Isaiah Chambers of McNeese again headlines Southland All-Academic Football Team

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FRISCO, Texas – McNeese defensive lineman Isaiah Chambers repeats as the Southland Conference Football Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Tuesday in conjunction with the all-academic team.

A two-time all-academic honoree, Chambers boasts a perfect 4.00 GPA as a graduate student majoring in criminal justice. Named first-team all-America by Stats Perform, FCS ADA and AP, he also repeated as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 15.5 TFL and 10.5 sacks.

All six football-playing members were represented on the academic all-league list, led by Southeastern with seven selections, followed by UIW with six. McNeese and Northwestern State garnered four spots each, and HBU rounded out the squad with three honorees.

Eight student-athletes are returning all-academic selections, led by three-time honoree Taron Jones of Southeastern. The junior running back owns a 3.29 GPA in finance and tallied 771 all-purpose yards and eight total touchdowns as a piece of the Lions’ high-powered offense this season.

Chambers is one of four honorees with a perfect 4.00 GPA, along with McNeese quarterback Cody Orgeron, UIW offensive lineman Reid Francis and Southeastern defensive back Matt Wright. Another eight individuals posted GPAs of 3.50 or higher, and the average GPA of the team is 3.47.

Eight student-athletes were automatic selections as first-team all-conference honorees who met all-academic qualification, including Chambers. Wright, along with Southeastern teammate Mateo Rengifo and Nicholls defensive lineman Zack Bernard, earned automatic qualification as CoSIDA Academic All-District nods. HBU linebacker Brennan Young garnered an automatic nod as an FCS ADA Academic All-Star.

The team was voted upon by the head coach, sports information director 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 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.

Southland Football Student-Athlete of the Year: Isaiah Chambers, McNeese

Southland Football All-Academic Team

Pos.
Name
School
Hometown
Cl.
GPA
Major
QB
Cody Orgeron
McNeese
Mandeville, La.
Gr.
4.00
Health Promotion
RB
Tyrese Brown
UIW
Madisonville, Texas
Jr.
3.34
Business Admin.
RB
Taron Jones3
Southeastern
Mandeville, La.
Jr.
3.29
Finance
TE
David Fitzwater2
Northwestern State
Shreveport, La.
Gr.
3.85
Biology
WR
Robert Ferrel*
UIW
Sparks, Nev.
Gr.
3.07
Psychology
WR
Gavin Landry2
Northwestern State
White Castle, La.
Gr.
3.94
Business Admin.
WR
Tyson Thompson
HBU
Spring, Texas
So.
3.15
Finance
OL
John Allen
Southeastern
Jackson, Miss.
So.
3.12
General Studies
OL
Calvin Barkat
McNeese
Sachse, Texas
Jr.
3.50
Pre-Chiropractic Med.
OL
Reid Francis2
UIW
College Station, Texas
Sr.
4.00
Engineering Mgmt.
OL
Nash Jones*
UIW
Nacogdoches, Texas
Jr.
3.47
Liberal Studies
OL
Rendon Miles-Character*2
Southeastern
New Orleans, La.
Sr.
3.08
General Studies
PK
Mateo Rengifo#
Southeastern
Lawrenceville, Ga.
So.
3.66
General Studies
P
Keven Nguyen
UIW
Rohnert Park, Calif.
Gr.
3.63
Sociology
DL
Zack Bernard#
Nicholls
Mandeville, La.
So.
3.50
Biology/Pre-Med
DL
Isaiah Chambers*2
McNeese
Houston, Texas
Gr.
4.00
Criminal Justice
DL
Perry Ganci*
Nicholls
New Orleans, La.
Jr.
3.29
Business Admin.
DL
Cameron Preston*
UIW
Crowley, Texas
Gr.
3.02
Kinesiology
LB
Alexis Ramos*
Southeastern
Salinas, Calif.
Sr.
3.13
Criminal Justice
LB
Kordell Williams*
McNeese
Carencro, La.
Sr.
3.00
Criminal Justice
LB
Brennan Young2&
HBU
Spring, Texas
Sr.
3.70
Marketing
DB
Shemar Bartholomew
Northwestern State
New Orleans, La.
Sr.
3.03
Health & Exercise Science
DB
Justin Dumas
Southeastern
LaPlace, La.
So.
3.44
Kinesiology
DB
Donovan Duvernay
Northwestern State
Garland, Texas
Gr.
3.67
Higher Education
DB
Coi Miller
HBU
Fort Worth, Texas
Sr.
3.38
Business Admin.
DB
Matt Wright#2
Southeastern
Austin, Texas
Sr.
4.00
Business Admin.
* Automatic selection; First Team All-Conference
# Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-District
Automatic selection; FCS ADA Academic All-Star
^ Southland Football Student-Athlete of the Year
2 Two-time all-academic selection
3 Three-time all-academic selection
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