Jacksonville State's Ryan Perrilloux was named the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the Gamecocks had a school-record 14 players named to the All-Conference teams, which were released by the conference office on Tuesday.
Perrilloux, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, becomes the sixth Gamecock to win conference Offensive Player of the Year and the first since Montressa Kirby garnered the award in 1998 in the Southland Football League. The senior signal caller won Offensive Player of the Week honors seven times in 2009, which is an OVC record, and he claimed the honor nine times during his two-year career to tie for the most-ever in the league's 61-year history.
Six players were named to the All-OVC first-team, including Perrilloux (QB), James Wilkerson (WR), Tylor Chambers (OG), Brandt Thomas (DL), Alexander Henderson (LB) and T.J. Heath (DB). Four more Gamecocks earned second-team honors, including Cory Freeman (TE), Reggie Wade (C), Curt Porter (OT) and Carnell Clark (DB). Additionally, Alan Bonner, Torrey Davis, Greg Smith and Jamal Young were each named to the OVC All-Newcomer squad.
Perrilloux ranks first nationally in passing efficiency (172.58) and fourth nationally in points responsible for (18.6 points/game). The senior quarterback also set several other single-season school records, including touchdowns responsible for (31), total offense per game (279.3) and total offense per play (8.36). He finished his two-year career as Jax State's career leader in passing yards per game (222.3) and total offense per game (260.9) and had a career passing efficiency of 154.9.
The LaPlace, La., native finished the season with 2,350 yards, which was the third best in school history, and his 42 career passing touchdowns is third, while his 61.0 completion percentage is also third in school history. He was a second-team All-OVC honoree in 2008.
Wilkerson, from Crestview, Fla., led the Gamecock receivers with 716 yards and six touchdowns and was ranked second in the OVC. He averaged 65.1 yards per game and 19.9 yards per reception. He finished third on JSU's career pass receiving list with 1,780 yards and his 100 career receptions is tied for fifth all-time.
Chambers, from Hixson, Tenn., graded better than 88 percent for the season at his offensive guard position. The sophomore finished with 103 knockdowns, 42 pancake blocks and more than 210 bonus points for the Gamecocks after playing 586 snaps this season.
Thomas earns All-OVC honors in back-to-back years after being named to the second-team in 2008. The Wellborn High School product started all 11 games and finished with 38 tackles, including seven for loss, 2.5 sacks and a pair of pass breakups. He played in 47 career games for the Gamecocks, the most of any other current player and finished with 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks during his four-year career.
Henderson, a native of Mobile, led the Ohio Valley Conference with 115 tackles. He recorded double-digit tackles in every OVC game this season and earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for each of the final three weeks. The senior linebacker finished with more than seven tackles for loss, one sack, and tied a school record by recovering three fumbles versus Eastern Kentucky. He finished his career with 289 tackles, which ranks third on the Gamecocks' Division I career list.
Heath led the OVC in passes defended from his defensive back position and led the Gamecocks with six interceptions, including returning two for touchdowns against UT Martin earlier this season. He led the team with 10 pass break-ups and also forced a fumble and blocked a kick. The Alexandria, Ala., native recorded 34 total tackles on the season, including 20 solo stops.
Freeman, from Brewton, played in all 11 games with 10 starts on the season. He helped the Gamecocks lead the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing offense (188.82), total offense (431.09), passing efficiency (161.19) and scoring offense (35.0), while recording six catches for 42 yards.
Wade, from Tuscumbia, started all 11 games and graded out better than 88 percent this season. He played more than 650 snaps and did not allow a sack, while record 38 pancake blocks and finishing second on the offensive line with 283 bonus points. He helped the Gamecocks lead the OVC in many offensive categories and rank among the national leaders.
Porter, a native of Fayette, started all 11 games and graded out better than 91 percent on the season. He led the offensive line with 315 bonus points after recording 93 knockdowns with 55 pancake blocks after playing a total of 711 snaps. He was instrumental in the Gamecocks leading the OVC rushing offense and passing efficiency, among several other offensive categories.
Clark, from Parker High School in Birmingham, earns his second-straight OVC honor after being named to the first-team in 2008. Despite suffering a quad injury and missing two games in conference play, Clark recorded 36 tackles, including 20 solo stops, and also added a pair of pass breakups as most of the opponents threw opposite the defensive back.
Bonner, from Newnan, Ga., led the Ohio Valley Conference in punt returns and was ranked ninth nationally with a 13.89 yard average. He also finished the season with 300 yards on 14 catches and four touchdowns. The freshman was also named OVC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a punt 64 yards for a touchdown at Alabama A&M.
Davis, a transfer from Florida, played in all 11 games and finished the season with 16 tackles, including nine solo. He added 2.5 sacks with one pass breakup and recovered one fumble.
Smith transferred to JSU from Georgia Tech and finished second on the team with 485 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 16.2 yards per catch and 44.1 yards per game and was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week vs Tennessee Tech.
Young, a junior from Jackson, Miss., was second on the team with 523 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He added 147 yards on 15 catches and two more touchdowns and was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week vs Nicholls State after returning a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
Jacksonville State led the way with 14 selections (including six first-team) combined on the first-team, second-team and All-Newcomer squads. OVC Champion Eastern Illinois was second with 12 selections, while Austin Peay had seven picks, including five first-team players. The All-OVC first-team included 13 seniors, seven juniors and five sophomores while the second-team had 15 seniors, six juniors, three sophomores and one freshman.
Jacksonville State finished the season with the best record in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 6-1 conference mark after posting an 8-3 overall record for the second straight year.