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Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Gardner-Webb’s Mario Williams and Steve Patton were named Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the Big South for the second year in a row on Monday. Liberty’s Dre Barnes claimed Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Charleston Southern’s Jonna Lee was named Freshman of the Year. Gardner-Webb’s Jim Maxwell and VMI’s Matt Sharpe shared the League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor.

Williams led the Conference in solo tackles (70), forced fumbles (5), fumble recoveries (4), pass breakups (15) and passes defended (18), while Barnes led the Big South with a school record 1,347 rushing yards. Lee notched 105 tackles on the season, becoming only the second CSU player to have over 100 stops in a season. Patton’s Bulldogs went undefeated for the second consecutive season in the Big South, running their record to 7-0 in League play.

The Big South also announced the First and Second Team All-Conference selections and the All-Academic Team. The awards were selected by a panel consisting of head coaches, sports information directors and media representatives.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE: QB - Nick Roberts, Gardner-Webb; RB - Dre Barnes, Liberty; RB - Sean Mizzer, VMI; WR - William Andrews, Jr., Gardner-Webb; WR - Aaron Dunklin, Charleston Southern; WR - Lauren Williams, Liberty; TE - Danny McCoy, Charleston Southern; OL - Jamie Pridgen, Gardner-Webb; OL - Ryan Smith, Gardner-Webb; OL - Sam Brown, VMI; OL - Tom Smith, Liberty; OL - Clarence Wright, Charleston Southern.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE: DL - Aaron Deberry, Liberty; DL - Vichael Foxx, VMI; DL - Jason Threat, Gardner-Webb; DL - Harold Wells, Gardner-Webb; LB - Jim Maxwell, Gardner-Webb; LB - Derik Screen, VMI; LB - Maurice Simpkins, Coastal Carolina; LB - Jonna Lee, Charleston Southern; DB - Mario Williams, Gardner-Webb; DB - Musa Sarki, VMI; DB - Aaron Sykes, Gardner-Webb; DB - C.J. Moore, Liberty; PK - Matt Sharpe, VMI; P - Graham Whitlock, Gardner-Webb; LS - Marlon Roman, Liberty; RS - Greg Williamson, Coastal Carolina.

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