By NEMCC Media Relations
BOONEVILLE – Seven Northeast Mississippi Community College football players received postseason recognition from the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges and the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Sophomore defensive lineman Lavon Hooks (6’4, 290) of Atlanta, Ga. was named first team All-State and All-Region XXIII and was honored as the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC).
Hooks was tied for second in the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XXIII in sacks the 2012 season when the Atlanta native finished with 9.5 sacks for the Tigers.
On the year, Hooks tallied 51 tackles – 18 solo stops and 33 assists. Hooks’ 6.4 tackles per game were second on the Tiger roster.
With his 9.5 sacks on the year, Hooks tallied 51 yards against the opposing offense and came away with three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles for the Tigers.
Hooks’ 20.5 tackles for loss on the year saw the Northeast sophomore finish second in the nation in the category.
Sophomore linebacker Nick Thomason (6’1, 230) of Muscle Shoals, Ala. and sophomore punter Jonathan Harrison (6’6, 195) of Belmont were also named first team All-State and All-Region XXIII.
Thomason led the Tigers in total tackles with 61 on the season while appearing in just six games for Northeast. The Muscle Shoals, Alabama-native finished the year with 30 solo tackles and 31 assists while averaging over 10 tackles a game.
Thomason also had one sack for six yards and had a fumble recovery on the season. Thomason’s break-out game came in week three when the Tiger sophomore had 17 stops including 3.5 tackles for loss against Holmes.
After leading the nation most of the season, Harrison finished third in the NJCAA in punting average with 40.3 yards per kick. Harrison had 41 punts for the Tigers during the season and pinned the opposition deep in its own territory with 10 punts inside the 20-yard line and six more that went for touchbacks. Harrison also forced three fair catches on the year while amassing 1,654 yards in eight games for the Tigers.
Freshman offensive lineman Anthony Kibler (6’6, 340) of Okeechobe, Fla. was named first team All-Region XXIII.
Kibler helped open the Tiger offensive line that saw the Northeast offense combine for almost 2,000 yards on the year. Kibler helped the Tiger offense gain 717 yards on the ground and 1,254 yards through the air in his first year in Booneville.
Second team All-Region XXIII selections from Northeast were sophomore running back Jay Jones (5’7, 190) of Horn Lake; sophomore tight end Logan Stokes (6’5, 245) of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and freshman defensive back Brian Walker (6’0, 195) of Cario, Ga.
Jones led the Tiger rushing attack with 504 yards on the ground on 115 attempts after sitting out the 2011 season.
Jones averaged 63 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry while tallying three touchdowns for the Tiger offense. Jones also hauled in 11 receptions on the year for 150 yards averaging 18.8 yards per game through the air and was second on the team in reception average at 13.6 yards per catch.
Stokes, when not blocking from his tight end position, hauled in 10 receptions for the Tigers on the year for 80 yards and averaged 16 yards per game while clocking eight yards per catch for Northeast.
Walker finished the year with 42 tackles on the year for the Tigers — 20 solo stops and 22 assists and averaged 5.2 tackles per game.
During his first season in Booneville, Walker was part of each facet of the game for the Tigers including clocking a rushing attempt and reception for the Tiger offense, returning a pair of kickoffs for the Tiger special teams for 51 yards and three punt returns in addition to his defensive prowess.