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Freshman footballer honored twice, five other recognized by MSC

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The Mid-South Conference announced the 2011 All-Conference teams on Thursday afternoon and two University of Pikeville Bears landed on the first team – with one of them being honored twice.

Not only did Grayson Quick earn first-team honors as the top placekicker but also he was one of four Bears named on the honorable mention list, this time as a punter.

Also, one player received recognition for being an excellent scholar-athlete.

Quick and defensive back Larry West were named to the All-Conference East Division team. Quick was joined by offensive lineman Eric Mobley, defensive lineman Taylor Woods and linebacker John Dudley Hilton on the honorable-mention list.

Quick, a 5-11, 174-pound freshman from Lugoff, S.C., was nothing shy of brilliant for Dudley Hilton’s team. He led the highest-scoring team in school history by posting 52 points this season. He set school records for most extra-points made and attempted in a season when he went 40-of-42, and was also 4-of-6 on field goals, including a longest kick of 42 yards against Faulkner University in September.

Quick also set school marks when he went 9-of-9 on PATs in the season-opening win over Southern Virginia and had games where he attempted eight (second highest in a single game) and made sixth (third).

On the defensive side, Quick punted 44 times and averaged 40.7 yards per kick. He had both the second-longest (70 yards) and fourth longest (68) in the history of the program, posted five punts of at least 50 yards and buried opponents inside their 20-yard line a total of 13 times.

West is a 6-0, 175-pound sophomore from Huntington, W.Va., who finished his playing career at Lawrence County High School in Louisa. He had 53 tackles to finish second on the team, posted four tackles for loss and broke up four passes.

But it was for his interceptions that West gained his recognition. His seven interceptions led the league by two and his 0.7 interceptions per game was tied for third in the country.

Mobley is a 6-2, 287-pound senior who anchored the UPIKE offensive line this season. He has been a four-year starter on the offensive line and has been named to the honorable-mention list three times in his career. The Pelion, S.C., native is majoring in criminal justice and hopes to be a coach or a state policeman. Mobley, who will be a student-coach next season, also works as a student trainer.

Woods is a 6-3, 220-pound sophomore from Perry, Fla., who came into his own this season. He posted 33 tackles, including a team-high 6.5 for loss. He had one quarterback sack and broke up two passes from his line position.

Hilton is a 5-11, 230-pound freshman from Pineville. He led the team in tackles as a rookie with 73, 20 more than the next Bear. Fifty-six of his tackles were of the solo variety and four went for loss. He had two sacks, broke up two passes, intercepted another and recovered a fumble.

Schwalback is a 6-0, 190-pound junior. It is the second consecutive season he has represented the Bears on the list. The Amelia, Ohio, native is majoring in criminal justice at the university.

To be named academic all-conference, a player must be at least a sophomore and maintain a grade-point average not less than 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.

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