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K.J. Black

Prairie View A&M QB K.J. Black and Grambling State DE Christian Anthony headline the 2009 Southwestern Athletic Conference All-Conference Football Team announced Wednesday.

Black was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year, and Anthony was voted the Defensive Player of the Year. Texas Southern QB Arvell Nelson was voted the Newcomer of the Year, and GSU K Ari Johnson was voted the Freshman of the Year.

The team was voted on by conference head coaches and sports information contacts, along with selected members of the media.

Black, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior from Louisville, KY has led the Panthers to their first Western Division Championship and seven consecutive wins. Black completed 144 of 202 passes (71.3%) for 1,775 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. Black ranked second in the FCS in passing efficiency rating (172.18). Black posted a pair of 300-yard passing games and had five multi-TD passing games, including a career-high five scoring passes in the regular season finale vs. Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Christian Anthony
Christian Anthony

Anthony (6-4, 275 from Birmingham, AL) led the SWAC in solo tackles (55) as he tied for sixth in the conference with 76 tackles. Anthony was third in the conference in sacks (8.0), second in tackles for loss (15.0), and was the only defensive linemen in the country with five interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns. He also led the SWAC in forced fumbles (five) and fumbles recovered (three).

Nelson (6-5, 210; Cleveland, OH) led Texas Southern to their first winning season and first winning record in conference play since 2000. He was third in the conference in completion percentage (57.6%) and ranked second in passing yards (2,392 yards) with 12 touchdowns.

Johnson (5-11, 180, Corona, CA) led all SWAC players (both kickers and non kickers) in scoring with 90 points. He converted 36 of 38 extra points and 18 of 23 field goals (78.3 percent).

A total of 19 players earned All-Conference Honors in consecutive years – WR Thomas Harris, K Jeremy Licea, DE Jeremy Maddox, and OL Xavier Manuel (Alabama A&M), DE Christian Anthony, OL Revay Smith, RS Kiare Thompson and RB Cornelius Walker (Grambling State), OL Eric Jones and DB Malcolm Palmer (Jackson State), RB Donald Babers, DB Anthony Beck, OL James Dekle, DE Quinton Spears and P Pedro Ventura (Prairie View A&M), QB Bryant Lee and WR Juamorris Stewart (Southern), DB De’Markus Washington (Texas Southern) and DB Kevin Thornton (Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff).

Additionally, RB Ulysses Banks earns All-Conference for the third time in his career (return specialist in 2006; running back in 2007.)

Upperclassmen dominated the 2009 All-SWAC team, especially on the first team where all but one selection was a senior. There were 23 seniors (13 first teamers) selected, 19 juniors (11 first teamers) and eight sophomores (one first teamer) to the 50-man team.

Division champion teams Prairie View A&M and Alabama A&M led the way with nine all-conference selections. The Panthers had six first-team selections, the most of any team, while AAMU had four first-team players. Grambling State had seven players selected (five-first teamers), followed by Southern which had six players selected (five first teamers).

Texas Southern had four selections on the squad, while Alabama State (two first teamers), Alcorn State (one first teamer), Jackson State (one first teamer), Mississippi Valley State and Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (one first teamer) each had three all-conference selections.

2009 SWAC Football All‐Conference Selections
First‐Team Offense ht wt cl hometown

OL Xavier Manuel Alabama A&M 6‐1 307 Sr. Vinegar Bend, AL
OL James Dekle Prairie View A&M 6‐2 285 So. Miami, FL
OL Revay Smith Grambling State 6‐1 305 Sr. Port Allen, LA
OL Ramon Chinyoung Southern 6‐1 295 Sr Houston, TX
OL Tim Tusey Prairie View A&M 6‐3 295 So. Houston, TX
TE Warren Matthews Southern 6‐3 240 Sr. New Orleans, LA
WR Juamorris Stewart Southern 6‐3 195 Sr. Baton Rouge, LA
WR Thomas Harris Alabama A&M 6‐0 210 Sr. Alexander City, AL
RB Ulysses Banks Alabama A&M 5‐8 172 Sr. Birmingham, AL
RB Donald Babers Prairie View A&M 5‐9 170 Jr. Houston, TX
QB Bryant Lee Southern 6‐2 195 Sr. Boutte, LA
K Ari Johnson Grambling State 5‐11 180 Fr. Corona, CA

First‐Team Defense
DL Christian Anthony Grambling State 6‐4 275 Jr. Birmingham, AL
DL Jeremy Maddox Alabama A&M 6‐0 244 Sr. Grand Bay, AL
DL Malcolm Taylor Alcorn State 6‐3 245 Jr. Brooksville, MS
DL Quinton Spears Prairie View A&M 6‐4 220 Jr. Montgomery, TX
LB Adrian Hardy Alabama State 6‐2 197 Sr. Selma, AL
LB Freddie Fairchild Univ. Arkansas‐Pine Bluff 6‐2 225 Sr. Little Rock, AR
LB Cliff Exama Grambling State 6‐0 226 So. N. Miami Beach, FL
DB Malcolm Palmer Jackson State 6‐0 190 Sr. Autaugville, AL
DB Jason House Southern 6‐0 190 Jr. Laurel, MS
DB Rechard Johnson Alabama State 5‐11 190 Sr. Montgomery, AL
DB Anthony Beck Prairie View A&M 6‐2 205 Sr. Channelview, TX
P Pedro Ventura Prairie View A&M 5‐9 170 Jr. Houston, TX
RS Kiare Thompson Grambling State 6‐1 185 Jr. Sacramento, CA

Second‐Team Offense ht wt cl hometown
OL Eric Jones Jackson State 6‐3 285 Jr. Birmingham, AL
OL Charles Smith Texas Southern 6‐5 325 Jr. Largo, MD
OL Anquez Jackson Alabama A&M 6‐4 339 Sr. Birmingham, AL
OL Robert Ogletree Mississippi Valley State 6‐2 290 Sr. Birmingham, AL
OL Isaac Williams Alcorn State 6‐0 290 So. Clinton, MS
TE Jonathan Hannah Texas Southern 6‐4 255 Sr. High Point, NC
WR Nicholas Andrews Alabama State 5‐9 170 So. Maplesville, AL
WR Gabe Osaze‐Ediae Prairie View A&M 6‐1 185 Sr. Austin, TX
RB Frank Warren Grambling State 6‐0 180 Jr. Monroe, LA
RB Cornelius Walker Grambling State 5‐10 170 Jr. Atlanta, GA
QB K.J. Black Prairie View A&M 6‐4 224 Jr. Louisville, KY
K Jeremy Licea Alabama A&M 5‐7 147 Sr. Ventura, CA

Second‐Team Defense
DL Jared Green Mississippi Valley State 6‐2 290 So. Little Rock, AR
DL Terrance Onyuike Jackson State 6‐1 290 Sr. Plainfield, NJ
DL Josh Cragin Alcorn State 6‐1 220 Jr. Fort Walton Beach, FL
DL Frank Kearse Alabama A&M 6‐4 281 Jr. Savannah, GA
LB Dejuan Fulghum Texas Southern 6‐1 220 Jr. Killeen, TX
LB Afu Okosun Alabama A&M 5‐8 236 Jr. College Park, GA
LB Rory Malone Mississippi Valley State 5‐10 225 Jr. Mesquite, TX
DB Chris Adingupu Prairie View A&M 6‐1 180 Jr. Miami, FL
DB Korey Morrison Alabama A&M 5‐10 159 Jr. Montgomery, AL
DB De’Markus Washington Texas Southern 5‐9 160 So. Dallas, TX
DB Kevin Thornton Univ. Arkansas‐Pine Bluff 6‐1 210 Sr. Little Rock, AR
P Josh Duran Southern 5‐9 180 Jr. Eunice, LA
RS Mareo Howard Univ. Arkansas‐Pine Bluff 5‐9 180 Jr. Fort Valley, GA

K Ari Johnson Grambling State 5‐11 180 Fr. Corona, CA

QB Arvell Nelson Texas Southern 6‐5 210 Jr. Cleveland, OH

QB K.J. Black Prairie View A&M 6‐4 224 Jr. Louisville, KY

DL Christian Anthony Grambling State 6‐4 275 Jr. Birmingham, AL


  1. Add the Eddie Robinson award to coach Henry Frazier’s list. Awarded by The Sports Network. And of course K.J. Black is the National Player of the Year by Heritage Sports Radio Network.


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