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December 22, 2006
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Stephen Sene was one of five players selected to the all-state team.

Stephen Sene was one of five players selected to the all-state team.

The honors continue to roll in for several Liberty football players as five players were named to the VaSID Division I All-State football team as announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) on Wednesday. 

Wide receiver Wynton Jackson was named to the first-team squad as a return specialist, offensive linemen Stephen Sene and Jarrett Winfrey were named to the second team at tackle and guard, respectively, and defensive backs E.L. Estes and Ryan Greiser were second-team defensive selections. 

All five players were Big South all-conference selections as announced by the league late in November. Sene and Jackson were named to the first-team all-conference squad and Estes, Greiser and Winfrey were second-team honorees. 

James Madison led the overall voting with 12 players named to the two all-state teams (50 overall selections). Virginia Tech had 11 selections, Hampton eight, Virginia six, Liberty five, Richmond four, Virginia Military Institute two, and Norfolk State and William & Mary one each. 

Garnering the top honors in the state were Virginia Tech's Branden Ore, who was named Offensive Player of the Year, James Madison's Akeem Jordan, who was selected Defensive Player of the Year, Hampton's Joe Taylor, who was tabbed Coach of the Year, and Virginia's Jeffrey Fitzgerald, who was named Rookie of the Year.

VaSID 2006 DIVISION I ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAMS

First-Team Offense
Pos. Name School Year
QB Justin Rascati James Madison Senior
RB Branden Ore Virginia Tech Sophomore
RB Alonzo Coleman Hampton Senior
WR L.C. Baker James Madison Junior
WR Marquay McDaniel Hampton Senior
TE Tom Santi Virginia Junior
OC Cody Morris William & Mary Senior
OG Branden Albert Virginia Sophomore
OG Mike Parham James Madison Senior
OT Duane Brown Virginia Tech Junior
OT Corey Davis James Madison Senior

Second-Team Offense
Pos. Name School Year
QB Princeton Shepherd Hampton Senior
RB Eugene Holloman James Madison Junior
RB Sean Mizzer Virginia Military Senior
RB Kevin Ogletree Virginia Sophomore
WR Arman Shields Richmond Junior
TE Jonathan Allen Norfolk State Senior
OC Danny McGrath Virginia Tech Senior
OG Vernon Eason James Madison Freshman
OG Jarrett Winfrey Liberty Senior
OT Judd Altman Richmond Senior
OT Stephen Sene Liberty Senior

First-Team Defense
Pos. Name School Year
DL Jeffrey Fitzgerald Virginia Freshman
DL Kendall Langford Hampton Junior
DL Chris Long Virginia Junior
DL Kevin Winston James Madison Senior
LB Justin Durrant Hampton Senior
LB Vince Hall Virginia Tech Junior
LB Akeem Jordan James Madison Senior
DB Travarous Bain Hampton Senior
DB Brandon Flowers Virginia Tech Sophomore
DB Marcus Hamilton Virginia Senior
DB Tony LeZotte James Madison Junior

Second-Team Defense
Pos. Name School Year
DL Barry Booker Virginia Tech Junior
DL Noland Burchette Virginia Tech Senior
DL Johnny Campbell Richmond Senior
DL Eric Hall Virginia Military Senior
LB Xavier Adibi Virginia Tech Junior
LB Isaiah Dottin-Carter James Madison Senior
LB Adam Goloboski Richmond Senior
DB E. L. Estes Liberty Junior
DB Ryan Greiser Liberty Sophomore
DB Victor Harris Virginia Tech Sophomore
DB Phil Minafield James Madison Senior

First-Team Specialists
Pos. Name School Year
PK Brandon Pace Virginia Tech Senior
P Nic Schmitt Virginia Tech Senior
RS Wynton Jackson Liberty Junior

Second-Team Specialists
Pos. Name School Year
PK Andrew Paterini Hampton Senior
P Jason Pritchard James Madison Sophomore
RS Kevin Teel Hampton Sophomore

Offensive Player Of The Year: Branden Ore (Virginia Tech)
Defensive Player Of The Year: Akeem Jordan (James Madison)
Coach Of The Year: Joe Taylor (Hampton)
Rookie Of The Year: Jeffrey Fitzgerald (Virginia)

E.L. Estes – VaSID Second-Team All-State Defensive Back
Started all 11 games … Big South second-team all-conference selection … ranked fifth on the team with a career high in total tackles (52) … led the team in solo tackles (35) and pass breakups (6) … averaged 5.5 tackles per game against conference opponents … ranked third in the league in total passes defended (8) … ranked seventh in the conference in tackles per game by a defensive back … led the team with a career high in total interceptions (2)… was a part of a defensive unit that ranked 14th in scoring defense (15.64) … helped the Flames rank second in the Big South in touchdown passes allowed … finished with six or more tackles in five games.

Ryan Greiser – VaSID Second-Team All-State Defensive Back
Started all 11 games at strong safety … Big South second-team all-conference selection … posted impressive numbers in his first year as a defensive player after coming to Liberty as a highly touted running back … ranked third on the team in total tackles (63) … ranked tied for third in pass breakups (4) … was one of only two players on the team to record both a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … led the team as he averaged 8.0 tackles per game against league opponents … ranked second in the league in tackles per game by a defensive back in conference games … led Liberty with 23 solo tackles against league opponents … finished with 12 tackles against both Gardner-Webb and VMI, the most tackles by any Liberty defender on the year in a single game.

Wynton Jackson – VaSID First-Team All-State Return Specialist
Big South first-team all-conference selection … Two-time Big South Special Teams Player of the Week … led the Big South in kickoff return yardage by almost eight yards per return over second-place finisher Duvaughn Flagler … helped the Flames rank third nationally in kickoff return average (25.56 yards per return) … set a new Big South record in kickoff return average (29.4) … helped Liberty be the only team in the nation to return three kickoffs for a touchdown … returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown against 24th-ranked Charleston Southern to help defeat the previously unbeaten Buccaneers … became the fifth player in Big South history to return a kickoff for a touchdown … ranked second in the Big South in punt return yardage … punt return averaged ranked fourth best in both Big South and school history (11.5)… set a new Big South record for total punt returns (26) … ranked third in the Big South Conference in all-purpose yards (1,159).

Stephen Sene – VaSID Second-Team All-State Offensive Tackle
Started all 11 games at left tackle … Big South first-team all-conference selection … graded out at a team-best 93 percent … led the team in knockdown blocks … did not allow a sack all season … helped the Flames rush for 2,035 yards, marking the fifth most rushing yards in a season … also helped Liberty rush for a Big South Conference leading 23 touchdowns … team finished tied for 17th nationally in rushing touchdowns … helped the team finished 10th nationally in sacks allowed (1.00), 11th in third down conversions (47 percent), seventh in fourth down conversions (71 percent), second in turnovers lost (8), 22nd in tackles for a loss allowed (4.55) and 22nd in time of possession (31:44).

Jarrett Winfrey – VaSID Second-Team All-State Offensive Guard
Started all 11 games at right guard … Big South second-team all-conference selection … senior team captain … graded out at 85 percent, which ranked fifth on the team … allowed just one sack all season … helped the Flames rush for 2,035 yards, marking the fifth most rushing yards in a season … also helped Liberty rush for a Big South Conference leading 23 touchdowns … team finished tied for 17th nationally in rushing touchdowns … helped the team finished 10th nationally in sacks allowed (1.00), 11th in third down conversions (47 percent), seventh in fourth down conversions (71 percent), second in turnovers lost (8), 22nd in tackles for a loss allowed (4.55) and 22nd in time of possession (31:44).