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JCSU seniors earn football honors
Williams, Barney cited for work on and off field
 
Published Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:05 pm
by Herbert L. White

A couple Johnson C. Smith football players have earned kudos for activities on and off the field.


Senior defensive end Jovontay Williams has been named a preseason all-America by Beyond Sports Network. Senior running back LeAnder Barney is a nominee for the 2014 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works team.


Williams, a native of Stone Mountain, Ga., was named to the BSN third team chosen based on returning All-Americans from the 2013 squad, statistics and game evaluations.


Williams earned a spot on the 2013 all-CIAA team as well as HBCU Gameday and Heritage Sports Radio Network all-American honors in his first season with the Golden Bulls. He racked up 31 tackles (20 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.


Three other CIAA players were named BSN all-America: first-team kicker Kyle Jaski of Lincoln (Pa.), and second-teamers Khari Lee (tight end) of Bowie State and Michael Johnson (free safety) of Fayetteville State.


Barney, a native of Erie, Pa., paced JCSU in rushing last year with 585 yards on 130 attempts and seven touchdowns, with a season-high 145 yards on 22 carries against Davidson.


Among the record 182 nominees, 90 were from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 92 nominees from lower tiers (Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA). Each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group in addition to excelling in academics.


Barney and Dominque Marsh of Saint Augustine's were the CIAA’s nominees.


Eleven players from the FBS and 11 from the small-college ranks will be announced in September. Fans can then visit the Good Works Team website on ESPN.com to vote for the team captain.
 

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