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Muleriders earn spots on All-GAC teams

November 18, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

On Tuesday, following a vote of the Great American Conference's head football coaches, the league announced its All-Conference teams and year-end individual awards. The coaches voted Oklahoma Baptist quarterback Preston Haire as the GAC's Offensive Player of the Year, Southeastern Oklahoma State linebacker Maalik Hall as Defensive Player of the Year and Southern Arkansas running back Jariq Scales as Freshman of the Year. The Savage Storm's Tyler Fenwick claimed the Coach of the Year honor.

Scales became the second Mulerider named the Freshman of the Year, joining Barrett Renner, who won in 2015. Scales ran for 1,477 yards, the sixth-highest total in Division II. He scored nine touchdowns.

On defense, SAU safety Brock Floyd was named to the first team and place-kicker Austin Wilkerson earned a spot on the All-GAC Special Team.

Floyd collected two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, while Wilkerson made 14-of-16 field goals and scored 73 points.

Wide receiver Micah Small and defensive lineman David Walker were named to the All-GAC Second Team, while defensive lineman Demoni Boyd was named on the honorable mention team.

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