Big South Announces Football All-Decade Team


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( – As part of the Big South’s 30th Anniversary celebration in 2013-14, the Conference is announcing its first-ever All-Decade Teams to recognize the student-athletes and coaches who excelled in their respective sport since the Conference’s founding in 1983.  A committee of Big South Conference administrators served as the official voting panel to determine the All-Decade Teams, with fan voting comprising 20 percent of the overall total.

Below is the All-Decade Team for Football for the years 2002-09.  Football became a Conference sport in 2002, and the team is comprised of one (1) quarterback, three (3) running backs/fullbacks, four (4) wide receivers, one (1) tight end, five (5) offensive lineman, four (4) defensive linemen, four (4) linebackers, four (4) defensive backs, one (1) placekicker, one (1) punter, one (1) long snapper, two (2) kick return specialists, and one (1) head coach.  In case of ties, additional honorees are included.

Offense – Name, School (Notes)
QB – Collin Drafts, Charleston Southern (All-American, Offensive Player of the Year, 3-time All-Conference)
QB – Tyler Thigpen, Coastal Carolina (Walter Payton Award Finalist, All-American, Offensive Player of the Year)
RB – Dre Barnes, Liberty (Offensive Player of the Year, 3-time All-Conference)
RB – Patrick Hall, Coastal Carolina (Offensive Player of the Year, 2-time All-Conference)
RB – Rashad Jennings, Liberty (Walter Payton Award Finalist, 2-time All-American, 2-time Offensive Player of the Year, 3-time All-Conference)
FB – Mike Tolbert, Coastal Carolina (All-American)
WR – Duvaughn Flagler, Gardner-Webb (All-American, 3-time All-Conference)
WR – Maurice Price, Charleston Southern (All-American, 3-time All-Conference)
WR – Jerome Simpson, Coastal Carolina (2-time All-American, Freshman of the Year, 4-time All-Conference)
WR – Gerald Stevenson, Charleston Southern (3-time All-Conference)
TE – Chris Luck, Liberty (3-time All-Conference)
OL – Demario Deese, Gardner-Webb (All-American, 4-time All-Conference)
OL – Mike Godsil, Liberty (All-American, 2-time All-Conference)
OL – Eddie Pinigis, Liberty (All-American, 2-time All-Conference)
OL – Brad Poston, Coastal Carolina (All-American, 3-time All-Conference)
OL – Antwon Trice, Coastal Carolina (All-American, 3-time All-Conference)

Defense – Name, School (Notes)
DL – Adrain Grady, Coastal Carolina (4-time All-Conference)
DL – Brian Johnston, Gardner-Webb (2-time All-American, 2-time Defensive Player of the Year, 3-time All-Conference)
DL – Harold Wells, Gardner-Webb (All-American, Defensive Player of the Year, 3-time All-Conference)
DL – Dennis Justiniani, Charleston Southern (All-American, 2-time All-Conference)
LB – Mario Brown, Gardner-Webb (All-American, 3-time All-Conference)
LB – Jada Ross, Charleston Southern (All-American, Defensive Player of the Year, 4-time All-Conference)
LB – Tyler Santucci, Stony Brook (All-American, Defensive Player of the Year, 2-time All-Conference)
LB – Jeffery Williams, Gardner-Webb (All-American, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, 3-time All-Conference)
DB – Patrick Calvary, Liberty (All-American, 3-time All-Conference)
DB – Cedric McGowan, Gardner-Webb (All-American, 3-time All-Conference)
DB – Quinton Teal, Coastal Carolina (All-American, 3-time All-Conference)
DB – Mario Williams, Gardner-Webb (2-time All-American, 2-time Defensive Player of the Year, 3-time All-Conference)

Special Teams – Name, School Notes
PK – Josh Hoke, Coastal Carolina (2-time All-Conference)
P – Graham Whitlock, Gardner-Webb (All-American, 3-time All-Conference)
LS – Dan Pope, Liberty (2-time All-American, 2-time All-Conference)
RS – Dominic Bolden, Liberty (2-time All-American, 2-time All-Conference)
RS – Tim Maypray, VMI (Freshman of the Year, 2-time All-Conference)
RS – Gerald Stevenson, Charleston Southern (2-time All-Conference)

Head Coach, School (Notes)
David Bennett, Coastal Carolina (3 Championships [2004-05-06], 1 FCS Playoff appearance, 2-time National Coach of the Year Finalist, 1 Coach of the Year award; 19-12 Big South, 50-29 overall

Football All-Decade Team candidates were determined based on being at least one of the following: 1) Was a multiple All-Conference honoree; 2) Was named an All-American; 3) Is a member of the Big South Conference Hall of Fame; 4) Student-athletes must be a college graduate or left their respective institution in good academic standing; 5) and won a Conference Championship as a coach and/or was voted Conference Coach of the Year.  Candidates that participated in two different decades were placed in a specific decade based on consultation from member institutions.  Member institutions also had final determination in regards to inclusion of student-athletes and coaches.

Founded August 21, 1983 by Charleston Southern (then Baptist College) Athletic Director Howard Bagwell and Augusta College President George Christenberry, the Big South Conference has matured into a competitive leader in college athletics while intentionally fostering the academic, personal, social, athletic and leadership development of its student-athletes.  The League’s growing presence as an NCAA Division I athletic conference is evident by athletic accomplishments on the national stage, innovative marketing and media partnerships, increased television packages and quality athletic competition.  .  Comprised of 12 member institutions throughout the Southeast -- Campbell University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, UNC Asheville, Virginia Military Institute and Winthrop University -- the Big South Conference’s institutions have a remarkable history of achievement and continues to succeed on the field and in the classroom through the League’s 19 championship sports.  The Big South Conference: Developing Leaders Through Athletics.