LOUISVILLE - University of the Cumberlands’ Terrance Cobb and Weston Hazelhurst earned the Mid-South Conference East Division’s Player of the Year honors, conference officials announced on Thursday.
Cobb is as the East Offensive Player of the Year after leading the NAIA in rushing during the 2012 season while Hazelhurst is the East Defensive Player of the Year after leading the division in tackles. The individual awards and the all-conference team are selected by a vote of the division’s coaches.
Three other individual awards were announced Thursday as UVa.-Wise’s Terrence Younger was selected East Offensive Freshman of the Year while Union College’s Keondrick Daniels and Kentucky Christian University’s Ken Reichle shared the East Defensive Freshman of the Year honor.
Georgetown College coach Bill Cronin is the Ron Finley Coach of the Year recipient as voted on by his peers.
Cobb averaged 164 rushing yards per game with a conference-best 21 rushing touchdowns. He eclipsed 100 yards rushing in a game six times during the season including a season-best 327 yards in a game.
Hazelhurst averaged 8.9 tackles per game while amassing 8-1/2 sacks during the season — third best in the MSC. His 23 tackles for a loss is tops in the Mid-South.
In just five games this season, Younger averaged 103.2 yards receiving for the Cavaliers. Daniels averaged 11.9 yards per punt return with a touchdown and 25 yards per kickoff with another touchdown. Reichle recorded 13 tackles for a loss and five sacks during the season.
Cronin led the Tigers to the East Division regular season championship and to a perfect 10-0 record and a No. 1 national ranking in 2012. The conference coach of the year award is his seventh, including a third straight.
Thirty players earned first-team all-conference honors and 34 were selected honorable mention as voted on by the coaches. Ties for all-conference teams were not broken.
Pikeville kicker Grayson Quick earned a spot on the first team.
Quick was selected to the second team as a punter. Other econd-team selections from Pikeville were offensive linemen Brandon Ball and Johnny Brown and linebacker John Dudley Hilton.