Football: LC places five on USA South All-Conference teams; sweeps Rookie of the Year awards

Football: LC places five on USA South All-Conference teams; sweeps Rookie of the Year awards

LaGrange placed five players on the USA South All-Conference teams as announced by the conference office. The Panthers swept the Rookie of the Year awards and had a first team selection and two more named to the second team.

Freshmen Terron Dixon and Randy Fillingame were the Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year respectively. LC swept the awards for the first time since 2013, when Marsalis Jackson was the Offensive Rookie of the Year and Jordan Chambers was the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Dixon and Fillingame are the first Panthers to receive the annual conference award since Jackson and Chambers.

Dixon was a second team selection at running back. He led all USA South rookies in rushing with 772 yards, averaging 96.5 yards per game with a conference-best 9.3 yards per carry average. Dixon scored seven touchdowns in just eight games played. Against USA South opposition, Dixon carried the ball 82 times for 696 yards, good for 99.4 yards per game, and scored six touchdowns. He set a school and conference record with 306 yards rushing against Methodist on Nov. 9. Dixon was the USA South Offensive Player of the Week and USA South Offensive Rookie of the Week twice during the season.

Fillingame led all USA South rookies with 79 total tackles, of which 54 were solo take downs, also a rookie-high. He added five tackles for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and two interceptions, all of which came against USA South competition this fall. He was named USA South Defensive Rookie of the Week once this season. He had a season-high 13 total tackles against Maryville and both of his interceptions came against N.C. Wesleyan.

Senior defensive back Peyton Haynes was a first team selection. Haynes set a new school record with seven interceptions to lead the USA South. He had a school record three interceptions against Apprentice and two more against Maryville. He finished the season with 33 total tackles, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. 

Junior Joe Thomas was a second team selection as a defensive lineman. Thomas led LC's defensive line with 34 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss. He had a season-high eight tackles against Maryville. Senior offensive lineman Akeem Peterson was the team's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team. Peterson was a three-year starter at right tackle and right guard for the Panthers.