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3 Named to Roanoke Times All-State College Football Teams

January 6, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(left to right): Liberty’s Jonathan Burgess, Maximilian Sommer and Chima Uzowihe

(left to right): Liberty's Jonathan Burgess, Maximilian Sommer and Chima Uzowihe

Liberty's Jonathan Burgess, Maximilian Sommer and Chima Uzowihe were recently named to the 2015 Roanoke Times All-State College football teams.

The Roanoke Times All-State College football teams were comprised of players from all the FCS and FBS teams in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Burgess (OL) and Uzowihe (DL) were both first-team selections, while Sommer was named to the all-state second team. Burgess and Uzowihe have received multiple postseason honors, including being named to the STATS FCS and Associated Press All-America second teams.

Burgess finished his career at Liberty as a three-time Big South all-conference selection (second team, 2013; first team, 2014 and 2015).

The native of Stafford, Va., was named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America first team and the former walk-on finished his career with 34 career starts.

Burgess paced the Flames in knockdowns in 2015 and helped Liberty lead the Big South in passing yards (259.9 yards per game).

Uzowihe spent the entire 2015 season on the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year watch list, finishing 22nd in the final voting for the nation's top defensive player award.

The senior finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles (34 solo, 18 assisted), including 17.0 tackles for a loss (86 yards) and 8.0 sacks (62 yards). The 2015 Big South Defensive Player of the Year also added a team-best six quarterback hurries, along with four pass breakups and a forced fumble.

The senior led the Big South and ranked No. 17 in the country in tackles for a loss (1.5 per game). He also led the conference and ranked No. 18 in the nation in sacks per game (0.73).

The native of Houston, Texas, finished his career with a program and Big South-best 25.0 sacks. His 44.0 career tackles for a loss ranks second in program history and third in the Big South record book. During his four-year career, he recorded 150 tackles (84 solo, 66 assisted), 10 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Sommer joined Burgess as two of the five All-Big South first team all-conference selections. The two-year starter finished his career with 34 games played and 24 starts, including 10 of 11 during the 2015 season.

The native of Hamburg, Germany, finished the 2015 season ranked second on the team in knockdowns and he allowed only two sacks.

2015 Roanoke Times All-State College Football Teams
(Division I – FCS and FBS players)

Offensive Player of the Year
Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech

First-Team Offense
QB, Vad Lee, JMU, senior
RB, Kendell Anderson, W&M, junior
RB, Jacobi Green, Richmond, senior
WR, Brian Brown, Richmond, junior
WR, Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech, sophomore
TE, Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech, sophomore
G, Jonathan Burgess, Liberty, senior
G, Ross Burbank, Virginia, senior
C, Andrew Jones, W&M, senior
T, Mitchell Kirsch, JMU, junior
T, Nick Ritcher, Richmond, senior
PK, Joey Slye, Virginia Tech, sophomore
RS, DeVonte Dedmon, W&M, sophomore

Second-Team Offense
QB, Kyle Lauletta, Richmond, sophomore
RB, Ray Lawry, ODU, sophomore
RB, Travon McMillian, Virginia Tech, freshman
RB, Taquan Mizzell, Virginia, junior
WR, Twarn Mixson, Hampton, junior
WR, Aaron Sanders, VMI, junior
WR, Canaan Severin, Virginia, senior
TE, Deane Cheatham, JMU, senior
G, Thomas Evans, Richmond, junior
G, Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech, sophomore
C, Nicholas Vergos, Richmond junior
T, Maximilian Sommer, Liberty, senior
T, Torrian White, Hampton senior
PK, Nick Dorka, W&M, sophomore
RS, Dane Forlines, VMI, junior

Defensive Player of the Year
DeAndre Houston-Carson, William and Mary

First-Team Defense
DL, Tyler Claytor, W&M, senior
DL, Miles Grooms, Hampton, senior
DL, Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech, senior
DL, Chima Uzowihe, Liberty, senior
LB, Andrew Ankrah, JMU, sophomore
LB, Deon King, Norfolk State, senior
LB, Micah Kiser, Virginia sophomore
DB, Quin Blanding, Virginia, sophomore
DB, DeAndre Houston-Carson, W&M, senior
DB, David Jones, Richmond, junior
DB, Taylor Reynolds, JMU, junior
P, Nicholas Conte, Virginia, junior

Second-Team Defense
DL, Winston Craig, Richmond, junior
DL, David Dean, Virginia, senior
DL, Alex Mosley, JMU, senior
DL, Dadi Nicolas, Virginia Tech, senior
LB, Omar Howard, Richmond, junior
LB, Luke Rhodes, W&M, senior
LB, TJ Ricks, ODU, junior
DB, Chuck Clark, Virginia Tech, junior
DB, Fellonte Misher, ODU, senior
DB, Ayo Ogunniyi, Richmond, senior
DB, D'Metrius Williams, Norfolk State, senior
P, A.J. Hughes, Virginia Tech, senior