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November 26, 2008

Walter Arrington and Jeremy Jones earn First-Team All-Conference honors; nine others also receive post-season accolades

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Sophomore running back Walter Arrington and sophomore defensive end Jeremy Jones both landed spots on the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team, as voted on by the league's head football coaches, it was announced today by the conference office.

Nine other Panthers also received conference honors, as senior punter Drew Jackson, sophomore linebacker David Kelley, sophomore running back David Langston, and sophomore quarterback Joe Thigpen all earned Second-Team honors. Freshman wide receiver Luke Chapman, junior defensive lineman Bobby Gray, sophomore offensive lineman Jonathan Jones, sophomore defensive back Brad Stockdale, and junior wide receiver Tay Walker also were named Honorable Mention All-Conference.

Arrington led the Panthers with 599 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He was also third on the team with 242 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions, and was the team's top overall scorer with 10 total touchdowns.

Jeremy Jones racked up 43 total tackles, fifth on the team, with nine tackles for a loss of 27 yards. He also had five sacks for a loss of 17 yards, two break-ups, and three fumble recoveries.

Jackson was the Panthers' number one punter for most of the season, averaging 37.7 yards per punt with 1,318 total yards on 35 kicks.

Kelley led the BSC defense with 49 total tackles, including two for loss, one sack, one break-up, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble. He also scored two points in a game when he ran the ball back for a safety after a blocked PAT attempt.

Langston was second on the team with 562 yards rushing and two touchdowns, averaging 7.1 yards per carry, and fourth on the team with 158 receiving yards. He was also the team's top punt returner with 173 yards and one touchdown, and led on kick returns with 492 yards and one touchdown. Langston was fourth on the team in overall scoring with four total touchdowns.

Thigpen led with 1,079 passing yards, going 77-of-133 with five interceptions and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for 378 yards and was second on the team with eight total touchdowns.