ATLANTA — In exclusive voting by head coaches of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), Berry College's Gavin Gray claimed the league's Newcomer of the Year honor to lead 20 Vikings on the All-SAA teams.
Mason Kinsey, Jacob Bishop, Trey Gregory, Mac Wells, Brandon Palmer, Mark Sommerville II and Devin Grier claimed All-SAA first-team recognition. Isaiah Dawson, Luke Seale, Antonio Brown, David Galloway, Jack Carroll and Alex Kirkendoll earned second-team honors. David Haithcock, Cade Kennemore, Garrett Kinsey, Cullen Carlin, Jordan Wilson and Matthew Syverson rounded out the honorable mention selections.
Gray, a freshman quarterback from Calhoun, Ga., threw for 1,349 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He ranked third in the league for passing TD's and was top-10 in every other quarterback category. Gray's single-season passing marks also ranked top-five in program history.
Mason Kinsey, a senior wide receiver from Demorest, Ga., claimed his third-straight All-SAA first-team honor this year, solidifying himself as the top wide receiver in Berry football history. He holds program records in nearly every receiving category, finishing his career with an SAA-record 3,343 receiving yards and 50 receiving touchdowns. He led the SAA in all major receiving categories this year and ranked top-15 in NCAA Division III. For his efforts, Kinsey received an invitation to the prestigious East-West Shrine Bowl on Jan. 18, 2020 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Bishop, a senior offensive lineman from Franklin, Ga., earned his third All-Conference selection of his career and lone first-team recognition. He served as an anchor on the Vikings offensive line for the past three seasons
Gregory, a senior kicker from Griffin, Ga., claimed his third straight All-SAA nod. He set a program record and led the SAA with 14 made field goals. He also holds the program record for longest field goal at 49-yards.
Wells, a junior defensive lineman from Canton, Ga., earned his second All-SAA honor. He posted a career-high 29 tackles this season.
Palmer, a senior linebacker from Columbus, Ga., earned his third straight All-Conference recognition. He posted career-highs across the board including 41 tackles and 8.5 sacks. He helped the Vikings rank second in NCAA Division III with 47 sacks, a program record.
Sommerville, a junior defensive back from Lithonia, Ga., claimed his second straight All-SAA nod. He had a career-high 47 tackles.
Grier, a sophomore defensive back from Lawrenceville, Ga., earned his first All-SAA nod. He had a career-best 28 tackles, two tackles for a loss and two interceptions.
Dawson, a junior running back from Decatur, Ga., also earned his first All-Conference recognition. He became Berry's first 1,000-yard rusher this season, ranking second in the SAA.
Seale, a junior offensive lineman from Loganville, Ga., claimed his first All-SAA nod. He has helped anchor the Berry offensive line for the past two years.
Brown, a senior offensive lineman from Carrollton, Ga., wraps up his career earning his second straight All-Conference nod. Alongside Seale, he also helped anchor the Berry offensive line for the past two years.
Galloway, a junior defensive lineman from Columbus, Ga., claimed his second straight All-SAA nod. He posted career-highs across the board including 28 tackles, eight sacks and 10 tackles for a loss.
Carroll, a junior linebacker from Canton, Ga., earned his second straight All-SAA nod. He had 43 tackles on the year with a career-best 3.5 sacks and six tackles for a loss.
Kirkendoll, a junior linebacker from Jasper, Tenn., claimed All-SAA honors for the second straight season. He also had a career-year with 45 tackles, two sacks and five tackles for a loss.
Haithcock, a senior offensive lineman from Macon, Ga., closes his career with his second All-SAA recognition. He competed in every game for Berry over the past three years.
Kennemore, a sophomore wide receiver from South Pittsburg, Tenn., also earned his first All-Conference nod. He posted 540 yards on 32 catches and three touchdowns this year, all career-highs.
Garrett Kinsey, a sophomore tight end/H-back from Demorest, Ga., collected four reception and two touchdowns on the year, the first of his career.
Carlin, a senior defensive lineman from Columbia, S.C., returned this season for a career year. He had 32 tackles and nine sacks.
Wilson, a sophomore defensive back from Dallas, Ga., recorded 19 tackles and eight pass breakups this season to claim his first All-Conference honor.
Syverson, a freshman kicker/punter from Rome, Ga., went 3-for-3 on field goals this year and averaged 38.4 yards per punt. He also dropped five punts inside the 20-yard line.
The Vikings closed the season 9-2 on the year, claiming their fourth consecutive SAA title and advancing to the NCAA playoffs for the third consecutive season.