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Cooley, Shegog take home major awards as 12 Delta State players named All-GSC

Patrick Shegog
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The Gulf South Conference announced its postseason awards Thursday with Delta State taking home two of the five major honors.

Head coach Todd Cooley was voted GSC Coach of the Year after leading the Statesmen to a 10-1 regular season record and their first conference championship since 2014. It’s the third time Cooley has won the award (2013, 2014, 2022), making him one of just six coaches to receive the honor three or more times.

DSU quarterback Patrick Shegog became the first Statesman to win Offensive Player of the Year since Micah Davis did it in 2011. Shegog, a graduate student out of Batesville, finished the regular season atop the conference in both passing touchdowns (21) and completion percentage (65.6) to go along with 2,480 passing yards. The 2018 GSC Freshman of the Year also tacked on 656 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

Overall, Delta State finished with 12 all-conference players:

  • QB Patrick Shegog (first team)
  • WR Dohnte Meyers (first team)
  • OG Keshawn Jennings (first team)
  • OT Nicolas Melsop (first team)
  • DL Timaje Porter (first team)
  • LB Tamos Stevenson (first team)
  • DB Malik Jones (first team)
  • K Nick Herber (first team)
  • OG Jaelon Brown (second team)
  • OT Damon Moore (second team)
  • DB Marion Windham (second team)
  • RS Tyler Kennedy (second team)

The Statesmen will open up round one of the Division II playoffs on Saturday against Fayetteville State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CT at McCool Stadium in Cleveland.

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