By Todd Lamberth:
Throughout the season we’ve taken a look at notable performances from mid-state products playing at the FBS or FCS levels every week. With the 2017 season coming to an end, here are some of the season stats for some of those players.
TJ Carter, CB, Fr. Memphis (Stratford): The former Spartan made a name for himself in just his first season on campus in Memphis. Carter led the team with five interceptions to go along with his 69 total tackles. He got the attention of the rest of the American Athletic Conference as he was named Rookie Player of the Year.
Tyrel Dodson, LB, So. Texas A&M (Centennial): Dodson was a defensive leader for the Aggies in just his second year. The former Cougar racked up a team leading 97 tackles, with 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Dodson also picked off three passes, returning one 40 yards for a score.
Emmanuel Hall, WR, Jr. Missouri (Centennial): Another former Cougar that had a big year, Hall proved to play a big role in Missouri’s high-powered offense. The junior finished second on the team with 817 yards receiving, while bringing in eight touchdown passes.
Vic Wharton III, WR, R-Jr. California (Independence): Wharton found a home in Cal this season, leading the team with 871 yards on 67 receptions, going for 5 touchdowns.
Malcolm Perry, SB, So. Navy (Kenwood): Perry was somewhat of a do-it-all player for the Midshipmen offense this season. The sophomore finished the year with 1,182 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns, averaging nearly nine yards-per-carry. The former Kenwood quarterback also reeled in 13 passes for 303 yards and two more scores.
Daniel Bituli, LB, So. Tennessee (Nashville Christian): Despite splitting duties as the Vols main linebacker, Bituli made 90 total tackles in his second year on campus, good enough to rank him eighth in the SEC in total tackles.
Jeremiah Oatsvall, QB, Fr. Austin Peay (Brentwood Academy): Oatsvall took over the Govs offense in just his first year on campus, proving he could do it with his arm and his legs. The former Eagle threw for 1,148 yards and seven touchdowns, adding 453 yards on the ground for six more scores. Oatsvall was named OVC Freshman of the Year as well as being named to the All-OVC second team.
Gunnar Scholato, LB, R-Jr. Austin Peay (Pope John Paul II): Scholato led the OVC in total tackles for the second consecutive year with 99 tackles in 2017, earning him first team All-OVC honors.
D’Montre Wade, CB, R-Sr. Murray State (Brentwood Academy): Wade was one of the OVC’s best defensive backs this season as he was another first team All-OVC selection. The senior led the conference with six interceptions this season as well as breaking up seven passes.
Tae Martin, S, Sr. UT-Martin (Siegel): Martin continued to be a leader from his safety position in 2017 for the Skyhawk defense. The senior made 53 total tackles while breaking up eight passes and picking off three more, earning a spot on the All-OVC second team for a second straight year.
Andy Schumpert, TE, Sr. Furman (Brentwood): The former Bruin was a big part of the Paladin passing game this season, catching 32 passes for 652 yards and nine touchdowns. His season earned him first team All-SOCON honors at the tight-end position.
Darious Morehead, RB, R-Fr. Furman (Ensworth): Morehead earned All-Freshman honors this season after rushing for 588 yards and five touchdowns in 2017, averaging over six yards-per-carry.
Aaquil Annoor, S, Jr. Furman (Brentwood Academy): A third mid-state Paladin to garner postseason accolades, Annoor was a second team All-SOCON selection after making 64 tackles this season with two picks from his safety spot.
Lennox McAfee, RB, Jr. Wofford (East Nashville): In just 99 carries, McAfee rushed for 747 yards and six scores for the Terriers this season. The East Nashville product also completed a pass that went for a 75-yard touchdown.
Nick Madonia, K/P, Jr. Tennessee Tech (Centennial): Madonia was again selected as a second team All-OVC specialist after a solid junior season handling both the kicking and punting duties for the Golden Eagles. The former Cougar led the team in points with 48, going 9-14 on field goals. He also averaged 40 yards-per-punt with nine punts over 50 yards and 21 being downed inside the 20-yard-line.