Liberty had four players named to the 2019 VaSID University Division All-State football team.
Four Liberty seniors have been honored for their final efforts with the Flames with their selection to the 2019 VaSID University Division All-State football team.
Liberty wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden, offensive lineman Dontae Duff and defensive lineman Jessie Lemonier were named to the all-state first team, which was announced earlier today by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). Running back Frankie Hickson was also named to the all-state second-team listing.
The quartet of players helped Liberty complete its transition to the FBS level during the 2019 season, which included the program's first-ever bowl game appearance and victory.
The Flames capped off the 2019 season with a 23-16 win over Georgia Southern in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
With the victory, Liberty became the third FBS transitioning team in NCAA history to win a bowl game during its first full season at the FBS level.
Gandy-Golden finished the year ranked No. 4 in the country in total receiving yards (1,396) and No. 5 in receiving yards per game (107.4). He ranks No. 22 in the country in receptions per game (6.1).
Gandy-Golden has rewritten all of Liberty's career receiving records. He is the school's all-time leader in career receiving yards (3,814), receptions (240) and receiving touchdowns (33). He also holds the program record with 17 100-yard games, seven of which came during his senior season.
The all-state honors continue an award winning season for Gandy-Golden. The wide receiver was a semifinalist for the 2019 Biletnikoff Award, was named the Offensive End of the Year honoree by the Touchdown Club of Richmond and to the 2019 Phil Steele All-America honorable mention team.
Duff has been named to the VaSID all-state team all four years of his playing career – first team in 2017 and 2019; second team in 2016 and 2018. He stared all 47 games of his career at Liberty and provided protection for quarterback Stephen Calvert, who finished his career throwing for a program record 12,025 passing yards and 93 touchdowns.
Lemonier ends his two-year career with the Flames ranked third in program history with 20.5 sacks. Over the last two seasons, Lemonier ranks third among FBS players nationally in total sacks recorded during the 2018 and 2019 campaigns.
During the 2019 season, Lemonier ranked third on Liberty's roster with 80 tackles, including 43 solo stops. The Cure Bowl MVP ranked No. 18 in the country in sacks per game (0.81), finishing the year with 10.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss.
Hickson is making his third career appearance on the all-state team, after earning first-team honors as a running back in 2018 and second-team specialist honors in 2016. Hickson became the fourth player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, finishing the 2019 campaign with a team-best 1,041 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.
2019 VaSID University Division All-State Football Team
VaSID First Team All-State Offense QB – Bryce Perkins, Virginia RB – Percy Agyei-Obese, James Madison RB – Alex Ramsey, VMI WR – Hasise Dubois, Virginia WR – Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty TE – Dylan Stapleton, James Madison OL – Dontae Duff, Liberty OL – Liam Fornadel, James Madison OL – Olusegun Oluwatimi, Virginia OL – Mac Patrick, James Madison OL – Mark Williamson, William & Mary
VaSID First Team All-State Defense DL – Ron'Dell Carter, James Madison DL – John Daka, James Madison DL – Maurice Jackson, Richmond DL – Jessie Lemonier, Liberty LB – Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech LB – Jordan Mack, Virginia LB – Zane Zandier, Virginia CB – Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech CB – Rashad Robinson, James Madison S – D'Angelo Amos, James Madison S – Joey Blount, Virginia S – Adam Smith, James Madison
VaSID First Team All-State Special Teams PK – Ethan Ratke, James Madison P – Oscar Bradburn, Virginia Tech RS – Joe Reed, Virginia ST – Bill Murray, William & Mary
VaSID Second Team All-State Offense QB – Ben DiNucci, James Madison RB – Frankie Hickson, Liberty RB – Shai McKenzie, Hampton WR – Brandon Polk, James Madison WR – Joe Reed, Virginia TE – Tenner Cowley, Virginia OL – Tim Coleman, Richmond OL – Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech OL – Kenneth Kirby, Norfolk State OL – Justin Redd, Norfolk State OL – Truvell Wilson, James Madison
VaSID Second Team All-State Defense DL – Mike Greene, James Madison DL – Eli Hanback, Virginia DL – Bill Murray, William & Mary DL – Keion White, Old Dominion LB – Tyler Dressler, Richmond LB – Dimitri Holloway, James Madison LB – Charles Snowden, Virginia CB – Kaleb Ford-Dement, Old Dominion CB – Nick Grant, Virginia S – Devante Cross, Virginia S – Nhyre' Quinerly, Norfolk State
VaSID Second Team All-State Special Teams PK – Brian Delaney, Virginia P – Nash Griffin, Virginia RS – D'Angelo Amos, James Madison ST – MJ Hampton, James Madison
VaSID Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia VaSID Defensive Player of the Year: Ron'Dell Carter, DL, James Madison VaSID Coaches of the Year: Curt Cignetti, James Madison & Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia VaSID Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kevin Johnson, RB, Norfolk State VaSID Defensive Rookie of the Year: Tristan Wheeler, LB, Richmond
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