(STATS) – Charleston Southern is the lone Big South team in the FCS playoffs, so it makes a lot of sense that the Buccaneers dominated the league's postseason awards and all-conference first team.
Jamey Chadwell's team put a league-best eight players on the squad, announced Tuesday, with Charleston Southern's leader being named the Big South's top coach for a second straight season and a third time in his four years at the helm.
Junior defensive lineman Anthony Ellis was voted the conference's top defensive player but the Buccaneers didn't have the top offensive player, with running back Mike Holloway finishing second to Gardner-Webb quarterback Tyrell Maxwell. The Runnin' Bulldogs junior threw for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns while adding 977 rushing yards and eight TDs and even caught his first collegiate pass.
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Charleston Southern's Darius Hammond was the league's top special teams player after averaging an FCS-best 33.7 yards per kick return while Gardner-Webb defensive back Jaylan Webb was named the Big South's top freshman.
Chadwell edged Kennesaw State's Brian Bohannon for top coach honors, getting 23 total points on the combined voting from the coaches and media – two more than Bohannon.
The Buccaneers' eight selections on the all-conference first team were two more than Kennesaw State, Gardner-Webb and Liberty, who each placed six players on a squad that contained 29 first-teamers with specialists included.
BIG SOUTH POSTSEASON AWARDS=
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Tyrell Maxwell, QB, Gardner-Webb
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Anthony Ellis, DL, Charleston Southern
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Darius Hammond, RS, Charleston Southern
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Jaylan Foster, DB, Gardner-Webb
COACH OF THE YEAR – Jamey Chadwell, Charleston Southern