(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
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