Johnson Named Daktronics Super Region 2 Defensive Player of the Year


NEWBERRY, SC -- Catawba senior linebacker Cory Johnson (Fayetteville, NC/Britt HS) has been named the Daktroniks Super Region 2 Defensive Player of the Year.  The team was announced on Thursday and is voted on by the Sports Information Directors of the region schools.  Johnson was joined on the All-Super Region 2 First Team by senior cornerback Jumal Rolle (Wilson, NC/Beddingfield HS).

Johnson set a school record this season with 138 tackles, posting a high of 20 in a game against Wingate.  He also had a pair of 19 tackle efforts among his seven double-digit tackle performances.  On the season, Johnson made five stops for losses, including a sack, and broke up three passes.  He forced three fumbles and had one recovery.

Rolle, led the team and conference with six interceptions on the year and finished his career with 16 to rank fifth all-time at Catawba.  He broke up 10 other passes, forced a fumble and recovered two.  Rolle also blocked four kicks on special teams.


First Team Offense
TE - Daniel Youssif, West Georgia
WR - Chris Bowden %, Wingate
WR - Gerald Ford, Valdosta State
OL - Ryan Schraeder %, Valdosta State
OL - Kevin Day, Carson-Newman
OL - Edmund Kugbila, Valdosta State
OL - Kaleb Myrick, Lenoir-Rhyne
OL - Andy Nations, West Alabama
QB - Cayden Cochran, Valdosta State
RB - Derrick Washington, Tuskegee
RB - Brandon Baker, Carson-Newman
RS - Lavon Downs, Delta State
K - Ryne Smith, West Alabama

First Team Defense
DL - Ridge Wilson, West Alabama
DL - Vauchard Goodridge, Clark Atlanta
DL - Richie Mata'afa, North Alabama
LB - Leron Furr, Fort Valley State
LB - Cory Johnson, CATAWBA
LB - Corey Jones, Lane
LB - Tavarius Wilson, North Alabama
CB - William Buford, Tuskegee
CB - Jumal Rolle, CATAWBA
S - Dexter Moody, Albany State
S - Otha Foster, West Alabama
P - Justin Rosenbaum, Fort Valley State

Offensive Player of the Year: Derrick Washington, Tuskegee
Defensive Player of the Year: Cory Johnson, CATAWBA

Second Team Offense
WR - Damian Ford, Stillman
WR - Xzanvion Smith, Tusculum
OL - Joseph So, Wingate
OL - Devonte Jones, Tuskegee
OL - Christopher Tolbert, Tuskegee
OL - Nick Allison, Mars Hill
OL - Will Furlong, North Alabama
QB - David Thomas, Miles
RB - David Carter, Morehouse
RB - Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill
RS - Thomas Williams, Morehouse
K - Curt Duncan, Carson-Newman

Second Team Defense
DL - Troy Harris, Mars Hill
DL - Nick Napolitano, Wingate
DL - Carlos Ware, Kentucky State
LB - Apollo Stretch $, Newberry
LB - Deon Lacey, West Alabama
LB - Jared Seate, Wingate
LB - Chris Pope, Valdosta State
CB - Myer Nolan, Lenoir-Rhyne
CB - Carlos Wilson, Stillman
S - Luke Harris, Tusculum
S - Caleb Massey, North Alabama
P - Eric Watts, Brevard

$ - 2011 DAKTRONICS First Team All-Region
% - 2011 DAKTRONICS Second Team All-Region

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