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  2019 AFCA FCS COACHES' SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DL Nasir Player, R-Sr., East Tennessee St.,...The All-SoCon First Team honoree finished the season with 45 tackles, including 24 solo. The redshirt-senior led the Bucs with 10 tackles for loss, marking the third consecutive season that he finished with double-digit tackles for loss. Player also tallied 4.5 sacks for the Bucs, leading the squad in sacks on the season. In the Bucs home opening game against Shorter on Sept. 7, Player recovered his first career fumble in the 48-10 win over the Hawks. Player also registered a season-high seven tackles against Shorter, including 1.5 tackles for loss. The South Carolina native posted five or more tackles in four of the 12 games played. The decorative career for the South Carolina native finished the fifth-most tackles for loss in ETSU history with 40. Player appeared in 43 games throughout his career, starting in 40 of those outings. - East Tennessee State Football

(DS#36 DE) rSr/2020 DE Nasir PlayerEast Tennessee State
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  2019 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Nasir Player, ETSU,...Appeared in 43 games with 40 career starts, including starting 11 of the 12 games played in 2019...Finished the season with 45 tackles on the season, including 10.0 tackles for loss for the third consecutive season...Has been named to the First Team All-SoCon for three consecutive seasons...Finished the season with 4.5 sacks and his first collegiate fumble recovery...Concluded his career with 182 career tackles, including 40.0 tackles for loss to rank fifth all-time in ETSU history. - East Tennessee State Football

(DS#36 DE) rSr/2020 DE Nasir PlayerEast Tennessee State
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  2019 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Ben Blackmon, ETSU,...Played and started in 47 career games for the Bucs, including all 12 in 2019...Made the move from LG to C to begin the season...Played a total of 757 snaps out of the possible 760 and registered 59 knock downs on the season...Graded out at 98.3% during his 757 total snaps...His blocking enabled the Bucs to rush for over 100 yards in nine of the 12 games, including a season-best 410 yards against Mercer...Blocked for Quay Holmes' program record-setting game against the Bears, rushing for 255 yards and three touchdowns. - East Tennessee State Football

(DS#83 OG) rSr/2020 OG Ben BlackmonEast Tennessee State
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  2019 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Artevius Smith, ETSU,...Turned in a career-year for the Bucs, finishing the season with a team-high 89 tackles...Led the Bucs and the SoCon in interceptions (5), while also forcing two fumbles on the season...Was named a Buck Buchanan Award Finalist...Finished his career with 134 tackles, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles...Transitioned from offense to defense during his time at ETSU. - East Tennessee State Football

(DS#89 CB) rSr/2020 CB Artevius SmithEast Tennessee State
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  2019 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Nate Adkins, ETSU,...Adkins finished second on the team in total receptions (25), setting a new career high for receptions in a single season...The Tennessee native also finished second in receiving touchdowns (2) and fourth on the team in receiving yards (241). - East Tennessee State Football

(DS#999 FB) Jr/2022 FB Nate AdkinsEast Tennessee State
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  2019 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Tre'mond Shorts, ETSU,...Earned All-Freshman Team honors in 2018, marking the second consecutive season with a postseason honor...Played in 746 of the possible 760 snaps on the season...Started all 12 games for the Bucs in 2019...Graded out at 99.5% in his 746 snaps played...Finished his sophomore campaign with 38 knock downs. - East Tennessee State Football

(DS#999 OG) rJr/2022 OG Tremond ShortsEast Tennessee State
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  2019 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Quay Holmes, ETSU,...Second consecutive season that Holmes was named to the All-SoCon team...Finished with a career-high 206 carries on the season for a career-best 1,143 rushing yards...Holmes' 1,143 rushing yards is the fourth-most in a single season in program history...Capped off the season with seven rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown...Eclipsed the 2,000-yard career mark in only his second season…sitting in ninth all-time in ETSU history with 2,071 career rushing yards...Set a school record with 255 rushing yards against Mercer on 26 carries and accounted for three touchdowns...Led the Southern Conference in all-purpose yards with 1,905 (158.8 per game). - East Tennessee State Football

(DS#999 RB) rJr/2022 RB Quay HolmesEast Tennessee State
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  2019 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): Donovan Manuel, ETSU,...Appeared and started in all 12 games for the Bucs this season...Finished third on the team in tackles (64) and fifth on the team in tackles for loss (5.5)...Recorded his first collegiate interception against Mercer...Finished the year with one sack for the Blue & Gold. - East Tennessee State Football

(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2023 OLB Donovan ManuelEast Tennessee State
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  2019 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): Will Huzzie, ETSU,...Finished the season with 21 receptions for 306 yards and two touchdowns...His 21 receptions ranked fourth on the team, while his 306 yards receiving was good enough for third on the squad...Appeared on SportsCenter as the No. 1 play with his one-handed snag against Chattanooga. - East Tennessee State Football

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2023 WR Will HuzzieEast Tennessee State
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  2019 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): Tyler Keltner, ETSU,...Finished the season with 14 made field goals in 18 attempts...Keltner's 14 made field goals ranks third-most in program history for a single season...Was a perfect 27-of-27 in PAT...Led the Bucs in total scoring with 69 points...Buried a season-long field goal of 48 yards against Austin Peay. - East Tennessee State Football

(DS#999 K) So/2023 K Tyler KeltnerEast Tennessee State
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  NOV 18 SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Quay Holmes, ETSU, R-So., RB, Powder Springs, Ga.,...ETSU running back Quay Holmes ran for a school-record 255 yards and a career-best three touchdowns in the Bucs' 38-33 win over Mercer on Saturday. Holmes averaged 9.8 yards per carry on 26 attempts, ripping off a long of 74 yards to break the 21-year-old school record of 242 rushing yards. The redshirt sophomore from Powder Springs, Georgia, also had three kick returns for 59 yards, giving him 314 all-purpose yards on the day. Holmes' big day put him over 1,000 rushing yards on the day, making him just the fifth player in program history to reach the milestone in a season. Other nominees: Remus Bulmer (The Citadel), Liam Welch (Samford), Bryce Nunnelly (Chattanooga), Tyrie Adams (Western Carolina) and Blake Morgan (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

(DS#999 RB) rJr/2022 RB Quay HolmesEast Tennessee State
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  Quay Holmes rushed for a career-high 255 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries and East Tennessee State took a big first-half lead and held off Mercer 38-33 on Saturday. Tyray Devezin finished with 168 yards and four TDs for Mercer. His 11-yard scoring run gave the Bears a 7-0 first-quarter lead and his second TD gave Mercer a 14-10 lead 5 seconds into the second quarter. But Holmes pitched in with TD runs of 4 and 1 yard and Tyler Riddell hit Keith Coffee for a 27-yard score for a 31-14 lead halftime lead for the Buccaneers (3-8, 1-7 Southern Conference), who picked up their first conference win of the season.

Devezin's 13-yard TD run and Kaelan Riley's 4-yard TD pass to Chris Ellington pulled Mercer within 31-26 just 7 seconds into the final period. Holmes' third scoring run -- a 3-yarder -- pushed ETSU's lead to 12. Devezin's 7-yard TD run with 4:33 left in the game capped the scoring for the Bears (4-7, 3-5). The Buccaneers then used a 10-play drive to run out the clock. ETSU finished with 526 yards of offense, including 410 on the ground. Mercer had 414 yards of offense with 190 coming on the ground. Riley completed 21 of 30 passes for 224 yards with a TD and two interceptions for Mercer. - AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rJr/2022 RB Quay HolmesEast Tennessee State
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  2019 BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCHLIST ADDITION: DB Artevius Smith, ETSU,...Smith has been a one-man wrecking crew in the secondary for the Bucs this season, wrapping up 66 tackles and pulling in four interceptions on the season. The Alabama native has also forced one fumble and broken up four passes through the first nine games this season. The redshirt-senior ranks 11th in the Southern Conference in tackles per game (7.3), while his four interceptions lead the league.

Smith has twice been named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week for his performances against Furman and Samford. Smith finished with just five tackles against the Paladins on Sept. 28, but was able to come down with his second interceptions in as many games, while also lodging a ball loose for his only forced fumble this season. Smith was later a recipient of the award for the second time this season for 10 tackles and one interception at Samford on Oct. 26. Smith has recorded double-digit tackles twice this season, earning a career-best 11 tackles against Appalachian State in the season opener on Aug. 31. - ETSU/STATS FCS Football


(DS#89 CB) rSr/2020 CB Artevius SmithEast Tennessee State
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  OCT 28 SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Artevius Smith, ETSU, R-Sr., DB, Birmingham, Ala.,...ETSU defensive back Artevius Smith earned his second weekly award of the season with a well-rounded performance in the Bucs' 24-17 loss at Samford. The redshirt senior, playing in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, had 10 tackles on the day, seven of which were solo and one of which went for a loss. Smith also had two pass breakups and an interception, returning the goal-line pick 20 yards to kickstart an ETSU scoring drive that bridged the first and second quarters and tied the game at 7. Smith recorded double-digit tackles for the second time this season, while the interception was his fourth in five games. Other nominees: Willie Eubanks III (The Citadel), Eric Jackson (Mercer), Armond Lloyd (Samford), Marshall Cooper (Chattanooga), Jayden Pauling (Western Carolina) and Jireh Wilson (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

(DS#89 CB) rSr/2020 CB Artevius SmithEast Tennessee State
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  SEPT 30/WEEK 5 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Artevius Smith, ETSU, R-Sr., DB, Birmingham, Ala.,...ETSU defensive back Artevius Smith had a pair of takeaways and five tackles in the Bucs' 17-10 loss at No. 15 Furman on Saturday. The redshirt senior from Birmingham, Alabama, recorded his first career forced fumble in the second quarter, leading to ETSU's only touchdown of the contest. In the fourth quarter, with the Bucs trailing 17-10, Smith intercepted a Furman pass at the 1-yard line to prevent a Paladin score and keep ETSU's hopes alive. It was Smith's second fourth-quarter interception in as many weeks. The weekly award is the second of his career. Other nominees: Willie Eubanks III (The Citadel), Amir Tapp (Furman), Armond Lloyd (Samford), Ty Boeck (Chattanooga), John Brannon III (Western Carolina) and Jireh Wilson (Wofford). - Southern Conference Football

(DS#89 CB) rSr/2020 CB Artevius SmithEast Tennessee State
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