PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville’s Quan Weaver is the Mid-South Conference East Division Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Camron Parsley is the division’s defensive freshman of the year, league officials announced on Nov. 19.
In addition to the major awards, the Bears picked up 12 all-conference honors, including eight student-athletes named to the first team and four on the second. It’s the most All-MSC selections in program history, topping the nine recorded in 2005.
Weaver is the first MSC Offensive Player of the Year from Pikeville since Calvin Joplin received the honor in 2005, while Parsley is the first Bear to earn an MSC Freshman of the Year award.
Pikeville has now had four players of the year overall, including Joplin and Weaver on the offensive side and Antwan Marsh for defense in 2004 and 2005.
All of the MSC awards are selected by a vote of the respective division’s coaches. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.
It was a historic season for Weaver, rushing for a program-record 1,556 yards, 16 touchdowns (including one receiving), 96 points and nine 100-yard rushing games. His total yards were the most in the NAIA, as were the 142.4 yards he picked up per game.
Parsley finished the 2015 season with 46 tackles, including seven wrapped up for a loss. He also forced a pair of fumbles and tallied two sacks.
Earning First Team All-MSC nods were offensive linemen Brandon Ball and David Roberson, tight end Jamon Langford, slot Elijah Bell, Weaver, linebacker Arthur Williams, defensive back Jack Hopkins and punter Damir Karapandzic.
Second-team honors went to Karapandzic again for his kicking, defensive linemen Chad Conway and Quintin Salley and Bell again as a return specialist.
For the senior Ball, who was named a USA Football Preseason All-American, this is his fourth straight All-MSC award.
Georgetown’s Bill Cronin was named MSC East Coach of the Year, Cumberlands’ quarterback Adam Craig is the other offensive player of the year and Kentucky Christian’s Aaron Cooper is the division’s top defensive player. Georgetown’s Ross Cox is the offensive freshman of the year and KCU’s Curtis Lindner received the MSC Champions of Character award.