Wise, Virginia-Two UVa-Wise gridiron standouts received recognition for their performance this season, as linebacker Amondre Johnson and defensive back/return man extraordinaire Marcus Bratton were named to the VaSID All-Virginia Team.
Johnson, a senior linebacker who finished his career as a Cavalier this season, was named as a second team linebacker while Bratton, the dangerous return man and defensive back, was named first team as a return specialist and second team as a defensive back.
Johnson led the Cavaliers in four statistical categories, leading with 74.5 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.
The electric Bratton was forth on the team in tackles with 41 total tackles, picked off two passes, broke up eight passes and scooped up two fumbles. But Bratton's influence was most felt on special teams, as led the Mid South with three kickoff return touchdowns, averaged 27.3 yards per kick return (led the Mid-South), averaged 14.2 yards per punt return and was the catalyst for the most dynamic play in UVa-Wise football history, the dramatic punt return in which he lateraled the ball to Josh Wright who took the ball to the end zone to beat Emory and Henry as time expired.
Just a junior, Bratton will be counted on to be a leader on and off the field for Coach Dewey Lusk's Cavalier attack next season. The 2012 campaign begins with a road game at Bethel College on August 25th.