Berry Football Earns 17 All-SAA Football Honors

Berry Football Earns 17 All-SAA Football Honors

ATLANTA -- Led by Kevin Grier's Newcomer of the Year designation, the Berry College football team earned 17 Southern Athletic Association All-Conference honors.

The Vikes finished the year second in the SAA with their best program finish to date, ending the season 7-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

A freshman defensive back from Lilburn, Georgia, Grier earned the prestigious Newcomer of the Year award, as well as a position on the All-SAA First Team Defense. Grier finished the year with 34 tackles and three interceptions, including one interception for a touchdown for BC.

Mamadou Soumahoro and Preston Stewart were also named to the All-SAA First Team on defense.

Soumahoro is a sophomore defensive lineman from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He finished the season with 47 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles for Berry. A junior linebacker from Atlanta, Georgia, Stewart made 54 tackles, forced one fumble and earned eight sacks on the season.

Chris Lilly was named to the All-SAA First Team on offense. A junior wide receiver from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Lilly earned a first team All-SAA designation for the third straight year. Lilly caught five touchdown passes for 578 yards for the Vikes this season.

Three Vikings earned All-SAA Second Team Offense honors: Trey Ciresi, Jack Morgan and Mitchell Blanchard.

Ciresi, a junior wide receiver from Jacksonville, Florida, caught six touchdown passes for 537 yards in his nine games for the Vikes.

Morgan is a junior from Hoover, Alabama, who started nine games for the Vikings on the offensive line.

A junior kicker/punter from Suwanee, Georgia, Blanchard earned All-SAA Second Team Offense honors as a kicker. He totaled 51 points for the Vikes, as he was 10-of-13 for field goals and 21-for-23 for PATs. Blacnhard also earned a spot on the All-SAA Honorable Mention on defense for his punting. He punted 67 times for 2,609 yards, averaging 38.9 yards per punt. He also placed 27 kicks inside the 20-yard line.

Bernard Granville, Jr. and Matt Farinella each earned a spot on the All-SAA Second Team on defense. Granville is a junior defensive lineman from Columbus, Georgia. He garnered 31 tackles and one sack for the Vikings this season. Farinella, a junior linebacker from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, posted 74 tackles, one sack, had two interceptions and forced one fumble for BC.

Two Vikes earned All-SAA Honorable Mention Offense honors: Austin Lowe and Trey Newton. A running back from Chatsworth, Georgia, Lowe scored five touchdowns for BC, rushing 128 times for 600 yards. Newton is an offensive lineman from Augusta, Georgia, who started nine games for Berry.

Justin Akin, Evan Breakspear, Shayne Edwards and Austin Haight rounded out the BC All-Conference Honors with spots on the All-SAA Honorable Mention Defense.

A sophomore defensive lineman from Nicholson, Georgia, Akin made 28 tackles and forced one fumble for Berry. Breakspear is a sophomore linebacker from Jefferson, Georgia. He made 65 BC tackles and had 2.5 sacks. Edwards, a sophomore defensive back from Dandridge, Tennessee, made 39 tackles and snagged two interceptions for the Vikes. A sophomore defensive back from Hoover, Alabama, Haight collected 27 tackles and caught one interception on the season.

For the complete 2015 SAA Football Team, click HERE.