Six Bucs earn Phil Steele All-SoCon honors

Published 2:01 pm Wednesday, December 14, 2022

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JOHNSON CITY – Six Buccaneers earned Phil Steele All-Southern Conference honors as the publication announced its postseason football honors on Friday.
Jacob Saylors (Jasper, Tenn.) was first team as a running back, second team in all-purpose and third team as a kickoff returner, while linebacker Chandler Martin (Lithonia, Ga.) and defensive back Alijah Huzzie (Franklin, Ga.) also received first team honors. Huzzie was also second team as a punt returner, while offensive lineman Joe Schreiber (Chanhassen, Minn.) and kicker Tyler Keltner (Tallahassee, Fla.) earned second team honors. Wide receiver Will Huzzie (Duluth, Ga.) landed a spot on the third team.
Jacob Saylors – RB – Jasper, Tenn.
  • Started all 11 games, totaling 1,307 rushing yards on 225 carries and 15 rushing touchdowns
  • Recorded 21 receptions for 162 yards and one receiving touchdown
  • Posted 10 kickoff returns for 232 yards, including a long of 52
  • Led the Bucs in scoring (96 points) and all-purpose yards (1701)
  • Ranks seventh nationally in all-purpose yards, rushing yards, rushing yards per game and rushing touchdowns, while ranking eighth in total touchdowns
  • Eclipsed over 3,000 career rushing yards and 6,000 all-purpose yards this season
  • Finished his career with 3,851 rushing yards and 6,058 all-purpose yards and 33 rushing touchdowns
  • Had five 100+ yard rushing games, including a season-high 245 yards and three touchdowns at Wofford
  • Finished with a career-high 369 all-purpose yards against the Terriers, which led all FCS players this season
  • Posted a career-high 32 carries for 172 yards and one touchdown against Western Carolina
  • Named SoCon Player of the Week after totaling 225 all-purpose yards and three rushing touchdowns over VMI
Joe Schreiber – OL – Chanhassen, Minn.
  • Started all 11 games at center for the Blue and Gold in 2022, while starting 23 straight games dating back to last season
  • Named second team all-SoCon by the media
  • Played 612 snaps
  • Leader of an offense that totaled eight 100-yard rushing games, including four over 200 yards and one over 300
  • Bucs rushed for a season-high 325 yards at Wofford and generated a season-high 562 yards of total offense
  • ETSU went back-to-back games with over 500 yards of total offense as the Bucs finished with 513 yards versus Samford
  • Blocked for Tyler Riddell (Tampa, Fla.) who threw for a career-high 420 yards and five passing touchdowns in that game against Samford … The five passing touchdowns tied a single-game Buccaneer record
  • Part of an ETSU offense that averaged 29.4 points per game, which rank third-highest in single-season history
Alijah Huzzie – DB – Franklin, Ga.
  • Started all 11 games for the Bucs
  • Totaled 59 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 16 pass break-ups and 22 passes defended
  • Led all FCS players in passes defended and was third in interceptions per game
  • The six interceptions were tied for second-most among FCS players
  • Had a career-high 12 tackles and a season-high five pass break-ups against Furman
  • Recorded an interception in three straight games against Robert Morris, Chattanooga and VMI
  • Had a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown in the season-opening win over Mars Hill
  • Posted five or more tackles in six games
Chandler Martin – LB – Lithonia, Ga.
  • Started 10 games at linebacker for ETSU
  • Registered a team-best 99 tackles, along with 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four pass break-ups and four passes defended
  • School-record 23 tackles against The Citadel, which secured him SoCon Player of the Week honors
  • Five games with double-digit tackles
  • Recorded sacks against Mars Hill, Chattanooga and Wofford
  • Ranked 18th nationally in total tackles, while his 23-tackle game ranked second-most among FCS players
Tyler Keltner – PK – Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Appeared in all 11 games for the Bucs
  • Went 17-of-23 in field goals and 38-of-38 in PATs
  • Totaled 89 points on the season
  • Tallied 65 kickoffs for 3,945 yards (60.7 average) with 23 touchbacks
  • Became ETSU’s all-time leader in field goals made (56), PATs (131) and scoring among kickers (299)
  • Is a perfect 131-for-131 all-time in extra-points
  • Earned back-to-back SoCon Player of the Week honors against Chattanooga and VMI
  • Tied the ETSU single-game record with four made field goals against Mercer
  • Ranks fourth among FCS players in field goals per game (1.55) and 35th in field goal percentage (.739)
  • Season-long 49-yard field goal at Mercer
  • Tied a career-high with nine kickoffs at VMI and set a new career high with 553 kickoff yards against the Keydets
Will Huzzie – WR – Duluth, Ga.
  • Started all 11 games, finishing with 42 receptions for 541 yards and six touchdowns
  • Led the Bucs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns
  • Was tied for ninth in the SoCon in receptions per game (3.8)
  • Tied a career high with eight receptions and set a career high with three touchdowns against Samford
  • Had a season-high 128 receiving yards against the Bulldogs, marking the second-highest single-game total for his career
  • Opened the season with five catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Mars Hill
  • Followed that up with five catches for 51 yards and a touchdown at The Citadel
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