VALDOSTA -- Another day, another record for the Valdosta State football team.

A school-record 14 Blazers were first- and second-team all-Gulf South Conference selections. The lists were released by the conference office Monday.

The conference coaches voted on the honors. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Leading the way were head coach Chris Hatcher and senior quarterback Dusty Bonner.

Hatcher was named coach of the year for the second straight year after leading VSU to a No. 1 national ranking and the school's first unbeaten regular season. Hatcher is 22-2 in two years at Valdosta State.

Bonner is the outright offensive player of the year this season after sharing the honor last year with Delta State's Josh Bright. He won the Harlon Hill Trophy last season, and is a finalist for the 2001 award which goes to Division II's top player.

This season, Bonner has thrown for 3,711 yards and 48 touchdowns. He has 103 career touchdowns in two seasons at VSU, only the second player in Gulf South history to throw for over 100 touchdowns. Hatcher (121 in four years) is the other.

Five other offensive players made the first team. Lineman Bill Epps and Jason King were joined by running back Aaron Jenkins (1,958 total yards, 21 touchdowns) and receivers Reggie Mosley (62 catches, 1,030 yards, 17 touchdowns) and C.J. Lofton (50 catches, 674 yards, 11 touchdowns).

Defensively, the Blazers' top three tacklers made first team -- safety Ced Dickerson (79 tackles, two interceptions) and linebackers Mike Fowler (73 tackles) and Reggie Cockerm (63 tackles).

Mosley was also the return specialist, while Shaunta Dismuke was a block-kick specialist first team. The Blazers have blocked seven punts this season.

Second-team selections included offensive lineman Keith Gosse, defensive lineman Anthony Poole (25 tackles, 11 for loss), defensive lineman Reggie Rhodes (44 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks) and defensive back Derek Braxton (43 tackles, 12 passes defended).

For more information, go to the conference's web site at www.gulfsouthconference.org



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