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Nine Football Tigers Named All-ODAC, Kaleb Smith Rookie of the Year

Kaleb Smith
Kaleb Smith

Nine Tigers made the Football All-ODAC Team on Tuesday afternoon with running back Kaleb Smith being named Rookie of the Year.

Smith proved to be an all-around offensive threat as he was also named an All-ODAC Third Team selection. Smith finished seventh in the ODAC with 602 rushing yards on 147 carries, good for 4.1 yards per rush. He posted seven rushing touchdowns. As a receiver, Smith was second in the ODAC with 71 catches for 661 yards and two more touchdowns. He capped the season fourth in the ODAC with 1,263 all-purpose yards at 157.9 per game, which ranks third in the ODAC. Smith's best rushing day came in a 38-35 win over Guilford in which he ran for 214 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. Three times he caught 11 or more passes, including two 12-catch days. In that game against Guilford, he caught 12 passes for 118 yards. 

Earning first-team honors were wide receiver Major Morgan, defensive lineman John Kline, linebacker Griffin Davis, and defensive back Chad Vanlandingham. Morgan led the ODAC in receptions (81), receiving yards (1143), and receiving yards per game (127.0) while placing second in receiving touchdowns (12). He recorded season-highs of 13 catches at Ferrum and 220 yards and three touchdowns against Randolph-Macon.

Davis led the Tigers in tackles at 77 and ranked fourth in the league overall. Additionally, he recorded six tackles for loss one sack, one interception, and two fumble recoveries. He racked up 13 tackles and one tackle for loss vs. Randolph-Macon and contributed six tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one interception against Bridgewater.

Kline ranked third in the league in sacks (6.5), second in sack yards (41), and third in fumble recoveries (2). He also recorded 34.0 tackles with 21 of the solo variety. He registered a season-high of eight tackles against Randolph-Macon, had two tackles for loss in four games, and had two sacks against Christopher Newport along with a forced fumble.

Vanlandingham started out the year at linebacker before a defensive change saw him move to the secondary. He contributed 34 tackles, two sacks, six tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and two pass breakups. He chipped in with seven tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, and a forced fumble against Emory & Henry to win ODAC Defensive Player of the Week. He made a season-high of nine tackles at Washington and Lee. 

Picking up second-team recognition were quarterback Alec Cobb and offensive lineman Andrew Grage. Cobb ranks second in the country and the ODAC in pass yards per game at 371.1. He leads the league in completion percentage (66.9%) and is second in the league in completions (285), yards (3340), and passing touchdowns (24). He tossed for 519 yards and five touchdowns vs. Emory & Henry. He threw for over 300 yards in eight of nine games and threw for at least two touchdowns in six games. Additionally, he contributed five rushing touchdowns.

Grage proved to be the Tigers top offensive linemen this season. He was an instrumental force on an offensive line that produced 457.3 yards of offense and 30.6 points a game while also being one of the most prolific passing offenses in the nation at 381.0 pass yards a contest.

Rounding out the honorees is third-team selections in kicker Rhett Andersen, linebacker Brendan Weinberg, and running back Smith.

Andersen was the only ODAC kicker to go perfect on extra point attempts as he converted on all 34 tries. He was 5-for-7 on field goals to account for 47 total points. His 46-yard field goal as time expired against Guilford gave the Tigers the victory and was the longest field goal in the ODAC this season. He also nailed a 42-yarder at Ferrum.

Weinberg was the Tiger's second-leading tackler at 64.0 stops, good for eight in the league. Additionally, he picked up 7.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception, and three pass breakups. He made 11 stops against Randolph-Macon and recorded nine tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss vs. Guilford.

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