DURANT, Okla. — A total of 11 Southeastern Oklahoma State football players have earned 12 All-Great American Conference honors, highlighted by first-team selections for linebacker Justin Young and kicker Joel Carlos.
Second-team picks included tight end Codey McElroy, offensive lineman Kevin Gray, linebacker Hunter Powell, cornerback Jarrett Ingram, Carlos as a punter and O.J. Walker as a return specialist.
Four others added honorable mention nods, including Geoff Davis at center, defensive end Christian Banasiak, defensive tackle Damarius Lavender and special teams player Jacob Harper.
The Savage Storm finished with a 7-4 record and tied for fourth in the GAC standings after closing the year with a 27-24 win over rival East Central.
Young, a senior from Monroe, La., finished as the team’s number two tackler, racking up 72 tackles, which was good for 14th in the GAC. He added 5.5 tackles for loss and a sack as well as a pair of interceptions, two QB hurries and a forced fumble.
Carlos, a junior from Carrollton, is a two-time GAC Special Team Player of the Week after tying a school record with 17 field goals, including a pair of game-winners inside the final minute. He finished 17-of-23 with the last one of the season being a career-long 48 yard connection to beat ECU.
McElroy, a senior from Frederick, Okla., hauled in 14 catches for 173 yards and five touchdowns.
Gray, a junior from Coppell, started all 11 games on the offensive line and helped the offense to nearly 1,800 rushing yards and was part of a line that allowed just 12 sacks.
Powell, a redshirt freshman from Keller, was the team’s leading tackler with 87 stops, the most by a defender since the 2010 season. He added 4.5 tackles for loss as well as an interception and two pass breakups.
Ingram, a junior from Mesquite, led the Storm in passes defended with 12, averaging 1.1 per game — which was good for sixth in the GAC. He added 38 tackles with two for a loss while chipping in an interception and a fumble recovery.
Carlos picked up his second recognition for his punting duties, averaged 38.3 yards per punt and was one of the league’s most dangerous weapons in the field position battle as he pinned 27 punts inside the 20-yard line to set a new Southeastern and GAC single-season record.
Walker, a redshirt freshman from Ardmore, Okla., became one of the nation’s top return specialists and is ranked 12th nationally in combined kick returns with 782 yards between kick and punt returns, ranking third in the country in punt returns at 25 yards per return and second in punt return touchdowns with three.
Davis, a junior from DeSoto, started all 11 games on the offensive line and helped the offense to nearly 1,800 rushing yards and was part of a line that allowed just 12 sacks on the season.
Banasiak, a junior from Cape Coral, Fla., turned in 47 tackles and led the team with 7.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He also added a pair of QB hurries and a forced fumble.
Lavender, a senior from Monroe, La., posted 32 tackles with two tackles for loss while adding a QB hurry and the team’s lone blocked kick.
Harper, a redshirt freshman from Spring, tallied 30 stops with three tackles for loss and a sack while adding a pick-six and three pass breakups.