Seven members of the University of South Alabama (USA) football team have been named to the all-Sun Belt Conference squad. Leading the way is senior Tra Minter, who was selected as an all-purpose back on the first-team unit.
Other seniors joining him were defensive lineman Jeffery Whatley on the second-team squad and cornerback Travis Reed with the third-team list. Four Jaguars receiving honorable mention were junior wide receiver Kawaan Baker, senior defensive lineman Sean Brown, junior linebacker Riley Cole and junior offensive lineman Jacob Shoemaker.
Minter set school season records with 1,082 rushing yards — making him the first player in South’s history to surpass the milestone — and 1,943 all-purpose yards. He finished first in the league and third in the country with 161.92 all-purpose yards per contest.
Whatley ended the season with 14.5 tackles for loss — a number that stands third on South’s season record list — and shared the team lead with 4.5 sacks while finishing the campaign with 39 total tackles. Reed posted 10 passes broken up and intercepted three others, pacing the team while ranking among the top 10 in the Sun Belt in both categories.
Baker, who topped the Jags with 35 catches for 574 yards, has earned honorable mention all-league distinction for two straight years. Brown recorded career-high totals in both total tackles (28) and stops behind the line of scrimmage (three). Cole posted career-high totals with 59 stops, nine tackles behind the line and three sacks. Shoemaker stands second amongst the team’s offensive linemen in overall, assignment and technique grades as well as second with 63 knockdown blocks.
* USA has come to an agreement to play a football game against Auburn. The Jaguars and Tigers will meet Sept. 13, 2025, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the first-ever match between the programs.
Auburn is one of five Southeastern Conference opponents on South’s future schedules. Others include Florida (2020), Tennessee (2021), LSU (2024) and Kentucky (2026).
Not only have the Jags already visited the Volunteers — UT held off a USA rally in a 31-24 decision during the 2013 campaign — they have also faced SEC members Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina. That includes a 21-20 defeat of the Bulldogs in Starkville to begin the 2016 season, South’s first victory over an SEC foe.
* Season tickets and parking for the 2020 season at the new Hancock Whitney Stadium are now on sale to the general public. The cost for season tickets next fall starts at $100 for the inaugural campaign at the on-campus facility, with multiple price points and seating options available.
Season parking can be purchased for $100 for “blue” level spaces and $150 for “red” level parking, with individuals required to purchase season tickets in order to obtain season parking. There is a limit of one parking pass per two season tickets.
Full pricing options, as well as real-time seating and parking availability, can be found at usajaguars.com/2020vision. The Jags are scheduled to make their debut at Hancock Whitney Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 12, against Grambling.
* The Sun Belt Conference celebrated the 150th anniversary of college football throughout the 2019 football season, including the announcement of the league’s CFB150 Honor Roll. It consisted of five former players from each school as voted on by all 10 football-playing institutions.
The selections to represent USA — which were not limited to those who played while members of the Sun Belt — featured two former Jaguars currently playing in the NFL, two other individuals invited to participate in the Reese’s Senior Bowl following the conclusion of their collegiate careers and a three-time, all-conference honoree.
On the honor roll were Gerald Everett, tight end from 2015 – 2016; Jake Johnson, linebacker from 2010 – 2012; Chris May, offensive lineman from 2012 – 2015; Jeremy Reaves, safety and cornerback from 2014 – 2017; and Wes Saxton, tight end from 2012 – 2014.
Gulf Coast cross-country honors
Cross-country coaches in Mobile and Baldwin counties have selected an all-region team. The squad, composed of seven girls and seven boys, includes the following:
* Claire Frazier Bolton – senior at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School; Coastal Alabama Female Co-Runner of the Year; first place at Mobile County championships and Class 7A Sectionals; eighth place at state meet;
Isabel Valenzuela – senior at St. Paul’s Episcopal School; Coastal Alabama Female Co-Runner of the Year; second place at Mobile County championships; winner at Class 6A Sectionals; runner-up at state finals;
Leslie Baxter – senior at Baker High School; fourth place at Mobile County championships; third place at Class 7A Sectionals; 28th at state meet;
Lindsey Baxter – eighth grader at Baker High; third place at Mobile County championships; second place at Class 7A Sectionals; sixth place at state finals;
Brendi Ellis – junior at UMS-Wright Preparatory School; seventh place at Mobile County championships; runner-up at Class 4A Sectionals; fourth place at state meet;
Bailey Lansdown – junior at Faith Academy; 12th at Mobile County championships; second place at Class 5A Sectionals; fifth place at state finals;
Emily Shumock – eighth grader at Faith Academy; fifth place at Mobile County championships; winner at Class 5A Sectionals; runner-up at state meet;
* Joseph Perry – sophomore at UMS-Wright; Coastal Alabama Male Runner of the Year; winner of Mobile County championships, Class 4A Sectionals and state meet; personal best of 15 minutes and 55.67 seconds for the 5000-meter race, which took place at the state final;
Carson Barlow – senior at Baker High; third place at Mobile County championships; winner of Class 7A Sectionals; 18th at state meet;
Mac Conwell – freshman at St. Paul’s; fourth place at Mobile County championships; runner-up at Class 6A Sectionals; fourth place at state meet;
Drew Roberts – senior at McGill-Toolen; sixth place at Mobile County championships; runner-up at Class 7A Sectionals; 30th at state meet;
John Michael Romanos – junior at St. Paul’s; runner-up at Mobile County championships; fourth place at Class 6A Sectionals; 15th at state meet;
Ethan Rowe – senior at Daphne High School; winner at Baldwin County championships and Class 6A Sectionals; eighth at state finals;
Stone Smith – freshman at St. Paul’s; fifth place at Mobile County championships; third place at Class 6A Sectionals; 11th at state meet.
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