5 Blue Hose are conference football honorees
Five PC Football Players Honored by Big South; 2 First-Team All-Conference
Five Presbyterian College football players were honored by the Big South on Tuesday, as the league announced its annual awards.
Running back Torrance Marable and defensive back Rock Ya-Sin were selected to the All-Big South first team, while wide receiver DaShawn Davis and linebacker Grant Beidel earned a spot on the second team.
Defensive back Elijah Turner earned a spot on the Big South All-Academic team. Davis earns the second team honor for the second straight season, while all others were honored for the first time.
Torrance Marable, RB, First Team
Marable led the Big South in rushing yards (1,038) this season, as he became the second player in PC’s Division I era to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season and the first freshman to do so. The rookie recorded five 100-yard rushing games this season, the second-most by a Big South player this season, including a career-high 186 rushing yards in the season finale against Gardner-Webb. He was named Big South Freshman of the Week a league-leading three times, tied for the most by a PC player since joining the league. Marable, a native of Decatur, Ga., led the team with six touchdowns, the most by a PC player since 2015, and recorded the two longest plays by PC this year, runs of 76 and 78 yards that both went for touchdowns.
Rock Ya-Sin, DB, First Team
Ya-Sin established a new PC Division I era single-season record for interceptions, totaling five on the year to tie for the Big South lead. He became the first player PC’s D1 era to record two interceptions in a game with two at Monmouth on November 4. The junior cornerback totaled 13 passes defended on the season, a new PC D1 single-season record and good for third in the Big South this season. The 13 passes defended pushes his career total to 24, tied for the most in a career by a player in PC’s Division I history. Ya-Sin recorded nine passes defended (three interceptions, six pass breakups) in Big South games to lead the league. The native of Decatur, Ga. also recovered two fumbles this season, both coming against Liberty, tied for the second-most in the Big South this season. He led all PC players with seven takeaways on the season. Ya-Sin finished the season with 49 tackles, 10th among Big South defensive backs.
Grant Beidel, LB, Second Team
Beidel led the team and ranked second in the Big South in tackles this season, recording 103 on the year, one of two players in the league with at least 100 tackles. The 103 tackles are tied for the fourth-most in a single-season in PC’s Division I era. The senior had four games with double-digit tackles this season, including with at least 15 tackles. He is the first player in PC’s Division I history with three games of at least 15 tackles in a single season. Beidel recorded a career-high 17 tackles against The Citadel, third-most in a game in PC’s Division I era. The native of Roswell, Ga. finishes his career with 208 career tackles, fourth-most in PC’s D1 history. Beidel also recorded two recoveries on the season, tied for second in the Big South this season, while managing 8.0 tackles for loss, ninth-most in the league.
DaShawn Davis, WR, Second Team
Davis led PC in both receptions (41) and receiving yards (490) for the seconds straight season to earn his second straight All-Big South honor. The junior receiver is the first PC player with at least 40 receptions in consecutive season since Tobi Antigha did so in 2013-14. He finished the year with three touchdown receptions, the most since 2013 when two players had at least three, led by Antigha with six. Davis finished fourth in the Big South in receptions, fourth in receiving yards, third in touchdown receptions, fourth in receptions per game and fourth in receiving yards per game. He recorded at least four catches in each of his last eight games this season, while going over 50 receiving yards six times, including each of his last four. He recorded two touchdown receptions for the first time in his career at Monmouth on November 4, while totaling a season-high 97 yards on six receptions.
Elijah Turner, DB, All-Academic Team
Turner finished the season as PC’s second-leading tackler, recording 58 stops in his first season as a starter, good for sixth among Big South defensive backs this season. He recorded his first career interception against Campbell on September 16 and managed a career-high nine tackles against Wofford the following week. The native of nearby Pickens, S.C. has one of the highest grade point averages on the team so far in his college career.