Alcorn State's Felix Harper
Photo: Alcorn State Athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  The Southwestern Athletic Conference released its 2019 All-SWAC Teams on Thursday with Alabama A&M’s Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, Texas Southern’s Donnie Corley, Jackson State’s Keonte Hampton, and Alcorn State’s Felix Harper and head coach Fred McNair receiving individual honors.

The teams were announced prior to the 2019 Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship Game set to be held at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium on the campus of Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. The all-conference teams and individual award winners were voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

After helping lead the Braves to an eight-win regular season highlighted by a 6-1 mark in conference play, Alcorn State quarterback Felix Harper was selected as the SWAC Offensive Player of the Year. Harper took the league by storm this season after taking over as the Braves starter at quarterback. Harper tallied 29 touchdowns this season to go along with 167 completions, 2,387 passing yards good for a 167.9 efficiency rating.

Jackson State’s Keonte Hampton, a sophomore linebacker from West Point, Miss. was tabbed SWAC Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 106 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. Hampton ranks in the top five in the SWAC in total tackles, tackles per game (8.8 rpg), and sacks (4.5).

Texas Southern wide receiver Donnie Corley was selected as SWAC Newcomer of the Year after leading the league in receiving yards with 1,039 for the season. Corley amassed a conference-leading 103.9 receiving yards per game and was the only receiver in the league to average over 100 yards per outing. He also tallied 72 total receptions (7.2 rpg) along with three touchdowns.

Alabama A&M’s Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim was named the SWAC Freshman of the Year after ranking in the top five in the league in receiving yards (1004), receiving touchdowns (11), receptions per game (5.4 rpg), and receiving yards per game (91.3 ypg). Ibrahim was one of only three receivers in the league to accumulate over 1,000 yards.

Fred McNair was named the SWAC Coach of the Year after leading the Braves to a sixth straight SWAC East Division crown.  Alcorn State concluded the SWAC regular season first in total defense, rushing defense, interceptions, offensive efficiency, and fourth down conversions.

A complete listing of the 2019 All-SWAC teams and individual awards winners can be found below.

2019 SWAC Football Individual Award Winners  

Freshman of the Year: Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, Alabama A&M
Newcomer of the Year: Donnie Corley, Texas Southern
Defensive Player of the Year: Keonte Hampton, Jackson State
Offensive Player of the Year: Felix Harper, Alcorn State
Coach of the Year: Fred McNair, Alcorn State

2019 All-SWAC Football First Team Offense

Position Name Classification School Hometown
QB Felix Harper Redshirt Junior Alcorn State Fairburn, Ga.
RB Jordan Bentley Senior Alabama A&M Guntersville, Ala.
RB Taeyler Porter Senior UAPB Immokalee, Fla.
OL Jerimiah Abby Senior Southern Atlanta, Ga.
OL Mark Evans, II Sophomore UAPB Houston, Texas
OL Danny Garza Junior Prairie View A&M San Antonio, Texas
OL Atondre Smith Junior UAPB Desoto, Texas
OL Michael Ajumobi Redshirt Senior Alcorn State Dallas, Texas
WR Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim Freshman Alabama A&M Miramar, Fla.
WR Donnie Corley Junior Texas Southern Detroit, Mich.
TE Jordan Jones Redshirt Senior Prairie View A&M Smackover, Ark.
2019 All-SWAC Football First Team Defense
Position Name Classification School Hometown
DL Jason Dumas Sophomore Prairie View A&M Vacherie, La.
DL Jalen Steward Senior UAPB Memphis, Tenn.
DL CJ Anderson Senior Jackson State Hattiesburg, Miss.
DL Marcus Cushine Sophomore Alabama A&M Broward Ct., Fla.
LB Solomon Muhammad Senior Alcorn State Birmingham, Ala.
LB Keonte Hampton Sophomore Jackson State West Point, Miss.
LB Tracy Thompkins Senior MVSU Miami, Fla.
DB Qwynnterrio Cole Junior Alcorn State Memphis, Tenn.
DB Joe McWilliams Redshirt Senior Grambling State Baton Rouge, La.
DB Drake Cheatum Sophomore Prairie View A&M Mesquite, Texas
DB Jaylen Harris Redshirt Junior Prairie View A&M Round Rock, Texas
2019 All-SWAC Football First Team Specialist
Position Name Classification School Hometown
K Spencer Corey Junior Alabama A&M New Palestine, Ind.
P Anthony Craven Senior Alabama State Linden, Calif.
RS Tyrin Ralph Redshirt Junior UAPB New Orleans, La.
 2019 All-SWAC Football Second Team Offense
Position Name Classification School Hometown
QB Aqeel Glass Junior Alabama A&M St. Louis, Mo.
RB Dawonya Tucker Senior Prairie View A&M Terrell, Texas
RB Devon Benn Redshirt Junior Southern New Orleans, La.
OL Trevoris Butler Senior Alabama A&M Dothan, Ala.
OL Cedric Dunbar Sophomore Jackson State Natchez, Miss.
OL Shonye Reams Senior Alabama A&M Dothan, Ala.
OL Kevin Hall Redshirt Senior Alcorn State Prentiss, Miss.
OL Jodeci Harris Redshirt Senior Southern Plaquemine, La.
WR Harry Ballard, III Junior UAPB St. Louis, Mo.
WR Zabrian Moore Junior Alabama A&M Tuscaloosa, Ala.
TE Kendric Johnson Redshirt Soph. Alabama A&M New Market, Ala.
2019 All-SWAC Football Second Team Defense
Position Name Classification School Hometown
DL Jordan Lewis Sophomore Southern Ocala, Fla.
DL Jerry Garner Junior MVSU Chunchula, Ala.
DL Christian Clark Redshirt Junior Alabama State Euclid, Ohio
DL Joe Davis Redshirt Senior Southern New Orleans, La.
LB Armoni Holloway Junior Alabama A&M Pinson, Ala.
LB Calvin Lunkins Redshirt Senior Southern New Orleans, La.
LB Tre’Shaud Smith Junior Prairie View A&M Centreville, Miss.
DB Naytron Culpepper Sophomore Alabama State Miami, Fla.
DB Tamaurice Smith Redshirt Soph. Southern Mobile, Ala.
DB Shawn Steele Junior UAPB Arlington, Texas
DB Jonathan Jones Senior MVSU DeKalb, Miss.
2019 All-SWAC Football Second Team Specialist
Position Name Classification School Hometown
K Richard Garcia, III Freshman Texas Southern Mesquite, Texas
P Corey McCullough Senior Alcorn State Louisville, Miss.
RS Ezra Gray Senior Alabama State Lynn Haven, Fla.
Courtesy: SWAC


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