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Trussville native Zac Thomas of Appalachian State named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year

Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas, a Trussville native, was named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year on Thursday.

Thomas, a sophomore, led the Mountaineers to the Sun Belt East Division championship in his first year as a starter. Appalachian State (9-2) hosts Louisiana (8-4) for the Sun Belt title on Saturday.

Thomas ranks fifth in the Sun Belt in passing yards per game (178.7) and third in passing efficiency (156.5). He has thrown for 1,787 yards and 18 touchdowns with just four interceptions, in addition to 417 yards and eight scores rushing.

Thomas was also the second-team All-Sun Belt quarterback. In addition, Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year.

Arkansas State quarterback Justice Hansen was named overall Player of the Year for the second straight season. The fifth-year senior has passed for 3,172 yards and 27 touchdowns and also rushed for 396 yards and six scores for the Red Wolves.

Arkansas State also had the Defensive Player of the Year (defensive lineman Ronheen Bingham, Freshman of the Year (running back Marcel Murray) and Newcomer of the Year (wide receiver Kirk Merritt was Newcomer of the Year).

Here are the complete All-Sun Belt honorees:

First-team offense Justice Hansen, Arkansas State (R-Sr., QB, Edmond, Okla.)

Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State (So., RB, Oak Hill, Fla.)

B.J. Smith, Troy (Jr., RB, Millbrook, Ala.)

Kirk Merritt, Arkansas State (Jr., WR, Destrehan, La.)

Marcus Green, ULM (Sr., WR, Pontotoc, Miss.)

Damion Willis, Troy (Sr., WR, Meridian, Miss.)

Keenen Brown, Texas State (Sr., TE, Houston, Texas)

Victor Johnson, Appalachian State (Jr., OL, North Augusta, S.C.)

Lanard Bonner, Arkansas State (Sr., OL, Birmingham, Ala.)

Curtis Rainey, Georgia Southern (Sr., OL, Jacksonville, Fla.)

Kevin Dotson, Louisiana (Jr., OL, Plaquemine, La.)

Kirk Kelley, Troy (Jr., OL, Marrero, La.)

First-team defense

MyQuon Stout, Appalachian State (Sr., DL, Salisbury, N.C.)

Ronheen Bingham, Arkansas State (Sr., DL, Bennettsville, S.C.)

Jeffrey Gunter, Coastal Carolina (So., DL, Durham, N.C.)

Trevon Sanders, Troy (Sr., DL, Charleston, S.C.)

Jordan Fehr, Appalachian State (Jr., LB, Charlotte, N.C.)

Bryan London II, Texas State (Jr., LB, Converse, Texas)

Hunter Reese, Troy (Sr., LB, Wetumpka, Ala.)

Clifton Duck, Appalachian State (Jr., DB, Matthews, N.C.)

Desmond Franklin, Appalachian State (Jr., DB, Inverness, Fla.)

Justin Clifton, Arkansas State (Sr., DB, Tupelo, Miss.)

Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern (Jr., DB, College Park, Ga.)

Cedarius Rookard, Troy (Sr., DB, Spartanburg, S.C.)

First-team specialists

Tyler Bass, Georgia Southern (R-Jr., PK, Irmo, S.C.)

Brandon Wright, Georgia State (R-Jr., P, Atlanta, Ga.)

Marcus Jones, Troy (So., RS, Enterprise, Ala.)

Marcus Green, ULM (Sr., AP, Pontotoc, Miss.)

Second-team offense

Zac Thomas, Appalachian State (So., QB, Trussville, Ala.)

Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana (So., RB, Erath, La.)

Wesley Fields, Georgia Southern (Sr., RB, Americus, Ga.)

Corey Sutton, Appalachian State (So., WR, Cornelius, N.C.)

Justin McInnis, Arkansas State (Sr., WR, Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada)

Jamarius Way, South Alabama (Sr., WR, Belle Glade, Fla.)

Javonis Isaac, Arkansas State (So., TE, Lafayette, La.)

Chandler Greer, Appalachian State (Sr., OL, Knoxville, Tenn.)

Noah Hannon, Appalachian State (So., OL, Greer, S.C.)

Jeremiah Culbreth, Georgia Southern (Sr., OL, Fairburn, Ga.)

Robert Hunt, Louisiana (Jr., OL, Burkeville, Texas)

Deontae Crumitie, Troy (Sr., OL, Lake City, Fla.)

Second-team defense

William Bradley-King, Arkansas State (R-So., DL, Kansas City, Mo.)

Forrest Merrill, Arkansas State (Jr., DL, Willard, Mo.)

Raymond Johnson III, Georgia Southern (So., DL, Sumter, S.C.)

Tyree Turner, South Alabama (Jr., DL, Stockbridge, Ga.)

Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State (Jr., LB, Thomasville, N.C.)

David Griffith, ULM (Sr., LB, Plano, Texas)

Bull Barge, South Alabama (Sr., LB, Moultrie, Ga.)

Tron Folsom, Troy (Jr., LB, Alma, Ga.)

Jerry Jacobs, Arkansas State (So., DB, Atlanta, Ga.)

Monquavion Brinson, Georgia Southern (Jr., DB, Atlanta, Ga.)

Nigel Lawrence, South Alabama (Sr., DB, Smiths Station, Ala.)

Marcus Jones, Troy (So., DB, Enterprise, Ala.)

Second-team specialists

Tyler Sumpter, Troy (So., PK, Hoover, Ala.)

Cody Grace, Arkansas State (Jr., P, Perth, Western Australia, Australia)

Tra Minter, South Alabama (Jr., RS, Ellaville, Ga.)

Tra Minter, South Alabama (Jr., AP, Ellaville, Ga.)

Third-team offense

Caleb Evans, ULM (Jr., QB, Mansfield, Texas)

Marcel Murray, Arkansas State (Fr., RB, Hiram, Ga.)

Trey Ragas, Louisiana (So., RB, New Orleans, La.)

Penny Hart, Georgia State (Jr., WR, Roswell, Ga.)

Ja’Marcus Bradley, Louisiana (Jr., WR, Ackerman, Miss.)

Deondre Douglas, Troy (Sr., WR, Madison, Ala.)

Collin Reed, Appalachian State (Jr., TE, Boiling Springs, S.C.)

Hunter Atkinson, Georgia State (Jr., OL, Flowery Branch, Ga.)

T.J. Fiailoa, ULM (So., OL, Lawton, Okla.)

Bobby Reynolds, ULM (Jr., OL, Keller, Texas)

Tristan Crowder, Troy (Jr., OL, Carrollton, Ga.)

J.l. Gaston, Troy (Jr., OL, Monroeville, Ala.)

Third-team defense

Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina (So., DL, Aiken, S.C.)

Logan Hunt, Georgia Southern (Sr., DL, Sandersville, Ga.)

Zi’Yon Hill, Louisiana (R-Fr., DL, New Iberia, La.)

Antione Barker, Troy (Jr., DL, Pensacola, Fla.)

Jarvis Hayes, Troy (Jr., DL, Slocomb, Ala.)

Anthony Flory, Appalachian State (Sr., LB, Miramar, Fla.)

Jacques Boudreaux, Louisiana (Jr., LB, New Orleans, La.)

Nikolas Daniels, Texas State (Jr., LB, League City, Texas)

Tae Hayes, Appalachian State (Sr., DB, Decatur, Ala.)

Darreon Jackson, Arkansas State (R-Jr., DB, Derby, Kan.)

Blace Brown, Troy (Sr., DB, Canton, Ga.)

Tyler Murray, Troy (So., DB, Baldwin, Fla.)

Third-team specialists

Massimo Biscardi, Coastal Carolina (Fr., PK, Downingtown, Pa)

Tyler Sumpter, Troy (So., P, Hoover, Ala.)

Clifton Duck, Appalachian State (Jr., RS, Matthews, N.C.)

Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State (So., AP, Oak Hill, Fla.)

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