The Sun Belt Conference has named Troy's Levi Brown its Player of the Year.
Sensational Troy tailback Shawn Southward also picked up league honors on Wednesday, as did head coach Larry Blakeney.
The conference named Southward its Freshman of the Year after the Florence, Ala. native ran for an impressive 574 yards in his first season.
Blakeney, on the other hand, was recognized as the conference's Coach of the Year after his team recorded its fourth straight Sun Belt title.
In just his second year starting for the Trojans, Brown shattered the old conference record by throwing for 3,868 yards this season and currently ranks second nationally in passing yards.
The senior also took home the league's Offensive Player of the Week award an impressive six times this season.
However, when asked about the honors, always down-to-earth Brown didn't surprise anyone with his reply.
“It is a huge honor for me to get this award, but it is really a team award,” Brown said. “The rest of the guys on offense make it easy for me to play well.”
Head coach Larry Blakeney, currently in his 19th season at the south Alabama school, seemed to disagree.
“Levi is certainly deserving of all the recognition he has received,” Blakeney said. “This honor is a testament not only to the kind of player Levi has become, but also to the perseverance he displayed to put himself in position to succeed.”
Troy landed seven Trojans on the Sun Belt All-Conference First Team.
Joining Brown were wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, offensive linemen Danny Franks and Tyler Clark, defensive end Brandon Lang, and last but not least, linebackers Bear Woods and Boris Lee.
Meanwhile, senior end Cameron Sheffield, senior tackle Kevin Dixon, senior safety Courtland Fuller, and redshirt freshman Bryan Willis were named to the All-Sun Belt second team, while junior receiver Tebarius Gill and sophomore punter Will Goggans were recognized as honorable mention All-Conference by the Sun Belt.
Troy (9-3, 8-0), who recorded the school's first ever unblemished Sun Belt record this season, will hit the practice fields tomorrow in preparation for the GMAC Bowl against Central Michigan (11-2, 8-0) on Jan. 6th.
Tickets for the Mobile, Ala. bowl are available through the Troy University Athletics Ticket Office, located in the Davis Field House, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., by calling 877-878-9467. Tickets are also available online at www.TroyTrojans.com.
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