Reddies Dominate GAC Awards
Two-time Great American Conference champions Henderson State is well represented on this year's GAC All-Conference Team as Scott Maxfield, Kevin Rodgers and Keaton Stigger earned the league's top honors while 14 additional Reddies were named to the team. For the second consecutive season and third time in the last four years, Maxfield was named Coach of the Year as voted by the league's coaches.Maxfield has guided the Reddies to an 11-0 record, a second GAC title and a second NCAA Playoff appearance. Maxfield has compiled a 34-9 record in the last four years and has a 22-1 GAC record since the league was formed. In his ninth season at Henderson, Maxfield also earned Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2010.A unanimous choice for the second straight season, Kevin Rodgers was named the GAC Offensive Player of the Year. The junior quarterback has completed 281-of-413 passes for a Henderson State and GAC record 4,240 yards and 36 touchdowns this season. Rodgers averages 385.5 yards passing per game and ranks second nationally.The product from Rockwall, Texas has been named GAC Offensive Player of the Week five times and national player of the week four times this season. A candidate for the Harlon Hill Trophy, Rodgers becomes the first Reddie in HSU history to earn player of the year honors twice since Henderson State moved to NCAA Division II status in 1993.For the second consecutive year a Reddie was also named GAC Defensive Player of the Year as linebacker Keaton Stigger earned this year's honor. Stigger, a candidate for the Cliff Harris National Defensive Player of the Year, leads the GAC with 120 tackles and is tops in rushing touchdowns with 14.A three-time First-Team All-GAC selection, Stigger earned GAC and National Player of the Week honors three times during the 2013 season. The senior from Collierville, Tenn. has recorded nearly 300 tackles during his three year career at Henderson along with 26 tackles for lost yardage.In addition to his on the field accolades, Stigger is a CoSIDA All-Academic Super Region 3 selection and a finalist for Academic All-American. In addition to Rodgers and Stigger, six other Reddies were named to the All-GAC First-Team including wide receivers Darius Davis and Robert Jordan, defensive end Glennon Bobo, and offensive lineman Kelton Hays, Doug Despain and Ricky Gonzales.Davis, Henderson's all-time leading receiver, leads the GAC having 65 receptions for 1384 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. The junior from Frisco, Texas averages 125.8 yards per game and has had seven games were he has recorded 100 yards or more. Davis ended the regular-season with 136 yards, 3 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion against OBU in Henderson's 60-52 triple overtime win. Jordan was one of the top receivers in the country until his season-ending injury against Harding. Despite having his season cut short, the league's coaches unanimously voted Jordan to the first-team.The senior from Miami, Fla. totaled 724 yards on 47 receptions in just 8 games. He ended the year with eight touchdowns and averaged 15.4 yards per catch. Jordan, a first-team selection for the second time, played three years at Henderson and totaled 2186 receiving yards while scoring 20 touchdowns. Henderson's offense ranks first nationally in scoring (54.9 ppg) and total offense (572.5 ypg) thanks in part to an offensive line which includes Hays, Despain, Gonzales and Second-Team All-GAC selection R.J. Taylor.Hays earned first-team honors for the second time and is a candidate for the Gene Upshaw Lineman of the Year Award. The Jonesville, La. native is also a CoSIDA All-Academic Super Region 3 selection and a finalist for Academic All-American. Gonzales (Cedar Hill, Texas), Despain (Austin, Texas) and Taylor (Moultrie, Ga.) have been part of the Reddie offensive front for the past four years. During their career, Henderson State has averaged 473.0 yards of offense, averaged 42.3 points per game, and has won three conference championships. Bobo earned first-team honors at defensive end after leading the team in tackles for lost yardage with 13. The junior from Ashdown, Ark. was a second-team pick last season. Bobo has totaled 24 tackles and two sacks this season. Along with Taylor on the GAC Second-Team are Nick Siedelhofer, Tim Llewellyn, Christian Love, Charles Gonsalves and Al Lasker. Siedelhofer has 27 tackles this season at his defensive tackle position. The senior from Ormond Beach, Fla. has three tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Llewellyn earned second-team honors after being the league's Freshman of the Year last season. The sophomore from Dallas has 58 tackles this season and has recorded three interceptions. Love is third on the team in tackles with 68 stops including 4.5 for lost yardage. The junior from Houston, Texas has two interceptions and three pass break-ups. Lasker earned a spot on the second-team as a return specialist. The junior from Conway, Ark. has returned 33 punts for 377 and two touchdowns. During the season, Lasker had punt returns for touchdowns of 63 yards against Arkansas-Monticello and 75 yards against McKendree. Gonsalves is one of the top kickers in the country having made 11-of-13 field goals. The senior from McKinney, Texas is a perfect 58-of-58 on point after touchdowns and averages 56.7 yards on kickoff which includes 17 touchbacks.Two Reddies had honorable mention selections including linebacker Ricardo Mendez and corner back Vince Thompson. Mendez is second on the team in tackles with 81 including 6.5 tackles for lost yardage. The senior from Novato, Calif. had nine tackles in games against Southern Nazarene, McKendree, Southwestern Oklahoma, Arkansas Tech and Harding. Thompson, a four-year letterman for the Reddies, has recorded 27 tackles, 13 pass break-ups and one interception this season. The native of Frisco, Texas, Thompson has recorded nearly 100 tackles and 25 pass break-ups during his Henderson career. A total of 16 Reddies were named to the team with Rodgers, Davis, Jordan and Stigger being unanimous First-Team selections.