Wilson named D II defensive player of the year

Beyond Sports Network (BSN) has selected University of North Alabama senior linebacker Tavarius Wilson of Jackson, Miss., as the 2013 Division II National Defensive Player of the Year. Two other Lions, senior center Tyler Sizemore of Apalachicola, Fla., and senior safety Caleb Massey of Sulligent, Ala., joined Wilson on the 2013 BSN All-America Team.

Wilson was a first-team BSN All-America pick, while Sizemore was named to the second-team and Massey was a third-team selection. All three were previously selected first-team All-Gulf South Conference and all three were named to the Daktronics All-Super Region 2 team.

The 2013 BSN All America Team was chosen in voting by college sports information directors, college coaches, media and the BSN Staff.

Wilson finished the 2013 season with 123 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss of 23 yards, four quarterback sacks for 16 yards, picked off four passes that he returned for 69 yards and two touchdowns, forced three fumbles and blocked a kick. He earned three GSC defensive Player of the Week awards this season and was previously selected as the 2013 GSC Defensive Player of the Year and the 2013 Daktronics Super Region 2 Defensive Player of the Year. He led a UNA defensive unit that ranked among the best in Division II, allowing just 19.8 points per game.

The Lions finished the season at 10-3, winning a share of the 2013 GSC title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs.

Sizemore started all season for the Lions at center and helped pave the way for an offensive unit that averaged 406 yards and 39.8 points per game. The season was scoring average was the second best in school history.

Massey, who also earned All-American honors in 2012, missed the final two games of this season due to an injury but stil finished the year with 80 tackles. He had four interceptions and four pass break-ups.
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