Nine Tigers Named All-State

Published 12:07 pm Thursday, December 19, 2013

FERRUM — The Virginia Sports Information Diretors (VaSID) has announced its College Division All-State teams with nine Tigers being honored, including senior linebacker Tyler Ikwild (Philomont/Loudoun Valley) and head coach Marty Favret who were named the Defensive Player and Co-Coach of the Year, respectively. Randolph-Macon's running back Will McGhee was named the Offensive Player of the Year; Washington & Lee running back Marshall Hollerith was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year; Virginia Union cornerback Willie Bailey was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year; and Virginia State head coach Latrell Scott shared Coach of the Year honors with Favret.

Joining Ikwild on the First Team are junior quarterback Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee), junior receiver Holton Walker (Lynchburg/Brookville), senior left tackle Will Ferrell (Blythewood, SC/Blythewood), junior defensive lineman Scott Markland (Stephens City/Sherando), sophomore defensive lineman Shaq Thomas (Chester/Thomas Dale), senior cornerback Zach Morgan (Virginia Beach/Ocean Lakes), and junior defensive back John Moore (Powhatan/Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot).

Junior linebacker Josh Doggett (Mechanicsville/Atlee) was named to the Second Team.

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Ikwild picks up his second Player of the Year nod and has been named First Team All-ODAC and First Team All-South Region after finishing third in the ODAC in tackles (101) and second in tackles-for-loss (13.0).

Favret won his 100th game this season while guiding the Tigers to their eighth ODAC Championship – their fourth since 2007 – and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs after recording their first-ever playoff win, 42-34 over Maryville.

Nance, a two-time All-ODAC honoree and 2013 South Region Offensive Player of the Year, led the ODAC in nearly every statistical category for quarterbacks while also rushing for a conference-high 17 touchdowns.

He threw for 3,504 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions; on the ground, he was second on the team in rushing with 545 yards.

Walker has been a Lanier Award Finalist, the Touchdown Club of Richmond Receiver of the Year, twice First Team All-ODAC, and First Team All-South Region. He set records this season with 111 catches, 1,723 yards, and 16 touchdowns. He also broke the school's single-game receiving record twice with 235 yards against Averett and 268 yards against Maryville. He currently leads the nation in receiving yards and receiving yards-per-game.

Ferrell, a 2012 AFCA All-American, three-time First Team All-ODAC pick, and 2013 Second Team South Region performer, again anchored the Tigers' offensive line while helping the team lead the ODAC in scoring offense (34.2), total offense (444.7), and pass offense (294.2).

Markland earned First Team All-ODAC honors after finishing the year second on the team in sacks (3.0) and fourth in tackles-for-loss (7.5). He also recorded 38 total tackles and was named the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week after the Tigers defeated Guilford 52-0. Thomas also earned First Team All-ODAC honors and led the Tigers with 5.5 sacks on the season and was third with 8.5 tackles-for-loss. He also recorded 28 tackles, forced one fumble, and recovered another.

Morgan adds All-State to First Team All-ODAC, Second Team All-Region, Touchdown Club of Richmond Defensive Back of the Year, and 2011 All-American. He led the ODAC and is 19 in the national with 19 passes defended. Three of his 19 defended passes were interceptions, one of which was returned 42 yards for a touchdown.

Moore was also a First Team All-ODAC pick and was third on the team in total tackles with 66. He also added 6.0 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, four pass breakups, and one forced fumble.

Doggett, a First Team All-ODAC pick and the Touchdown Club of Richmond Linebacker of the Year, led the team in tackles (107), tackles-for-loss (13.0), fumble recoveries (3), and forced fumbles (2).