RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Harding brought 14 players to All-Great American Conference honors on Tuesday, nine of them in the first team.
Harding is 10-1 and won the GAC regular season championship. The Bisons are ranked No.7 nationally and will host Washburn No.24 on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Harding’s first team winners included senior full-back Cole Chancey, senior offensive lineman Sam wilson, second-year defensive end Nathaniel Wallace, senior defensive tackle Isaako Faagai, senior inside linebacker Dylan hendricks, senior outside linebacker Shedrick robinson, senior cornerback Cory batie, junior security Cade Pugh and senior long snapper Enoch williams.
Seniors center Mason hutto and second-year kicker Grant Ennis landed in the second team.
Receiving an honorable mention was the junior running back Omar Sinclair, junior utility player Kage town and second year offensive lineman Keegan Shive.
Chancey (Commerce, GA) ran 210 times for 1,148 yards and a school record 23 TD. This is his fourth All-GAC honor and his third consecutive first-team award. Chancey joins Alan Dixon as the only running back in all of Harding’s conferences.
Wilson (Jenks, Okla.) Started all 11 regular season games with an offensive tackle. He was nominated for Harding’s Gene Upshaw Award for Best Division II lineman. Harding’s last offensive lineman to win the All-GAC first team was Keith Pledger in 2018.
Wallace (Bryant, Ark.) Had 21 tackles, tied for the team lead with 7.5 tackles for a loss, and added 3.5 sacks. Harding has had a first-team All-GAC defensive end for four of the past five seasons.
Faagai (Wilmington, Calif.) Had 12 tackles, including 2.0 TFL and 1.0 sack. Harding’s last defensive tackle to win the All-GAC first team was Jensen Jackson in 2016.
Hendricks (Mesa, Ariz) led Harding with 44 tackles, including 3.0 TFL. It was Hendricks’ second consecutive honor in the All-GAC first team.
Robinson (Pensacola, Fla.) Had 20 tackles, including 3.0 TFL, and one interception. Harding’s last outside linebacker to win the All-GAC first team was Scott Middleton in 2016.
Batie (Troy, Ala.) Had 20 tackles and one interception. He was the recipient of an All-GAC Honorable Mention in 2018 and 2019.
Pugh (Helena, Ala.) Was second on the team with 37 tackles, one sack and one interception. His award marks the third consecutive season that a Harding safety has earned the All-GAC first-team, joining Dra Smith in 2018 and Jacory Nichols in 2019.
Williams (Dickson, Tenn.) Was Harding’s long snapper on special teams. Long snapper Jon Cain won the first team honor in 2019.
Hutto (Germantown, Tenn.) Started all 12 regular season games at center. The starting center from Harding has won All-GAC honors in seven of the past eight seasons.
Ennis (Lavaca, Ark.) Scored 9 of 12 field goals and 59 of 61 extra points. He is the first Harding kicker to receive All-GAC since John Gay in 2012.
Sinclair (Norcross, Ga.) Ran 76 times for 711 yards and 5 touchdowns. A Harding fullback has won the All-GAC in seven of the past eight seasons.
Citty (Searcy, Ark.) Received four receptions for 97 yards and 3 TD wide receiver. He also recorded a tackle on defense and a stuck punt on special teams. Donatella Luckett is the last Harding player to win the All-GAC utility to play on offense, defense and special teams in 2014.
Shive (Altus, Okla.) Started all 12 regular season games in right tackle. He awarded Harding three All-GAC offensive linemen for the second time in the past three seasons.