Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron, who led the high-powered Bulldogs to nine wins, was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while one of the anchors of the LSU defense, linebacker Kevin Minter, was the Defensive Player of the Year. Tech running back Kenneth Dixon was the Freshman of the Year, while Louisiana-Lafayette star quarterback Terrance Broadway’s move from Houston earned him Newcomer of the year. Finally, ULM’s Todd Berry, who will guide his team to its first ever bowl later this week in Shreveport, was named Coach of the Year.
Northwestern State senior linebacker Derek Rose was a first-team All-Louisiana selection, while senior safety Jamaal White earned second-team honors. Rose picked up his third All-Louisiana honor while White was a repeat selection from 2011.
Joining Rose on the first-team linebacker corps was the LSU tandem of Rick Minter, an All-American, and Lamin Barrow.
A 5-11, 229-pound product of New Orleans-O. Perry Walker, Rose graduated Dec. 14. In his senior season, he
Piled up 103 tackles, 51 solo, and made seven for lost yards (-14). He added a fumble recovery (with a 7-yard return), and made three pass breakups while starting all 11 games.
He was a first team All-Southland Conference selection and spent all season on the Buck Buchanan Award Watchlist as one of top 20 candidates for national FCS defensive player of the year. Rose led the Demons in tackles for a third straight season while bidding to become only the second player in school history to earn All-America honors three times.
His career tackles total was 341, trailing only Andre Carron (521), Ed Moses (431), Kurt Rodriguez (408), and Gary Reasons (394).
White, a 6-0, 192-pounder from Garand, Texas and South Garland High School, was third on the Demons’ squad with 71 tackles, 46 solo, including 2.5 for loss (-7 yards). He pickd off three interceptions (13 yards in returns), finishing with 10 for his career. White added three pass breakups and blocked two kicks, one an extra-point that proved the margin of victory in a homecoming win over Nicholls.
A second-team All-Southland Conference pick, White was on a preseason list of Top 10 Defensive Backs in FCS by The Sports Network. He arned All-Southland honors for third straight season and is regarded as a potential NFL Draft pick.
The All-Louisiana voting process began after nominations were submitted by the sports information-media relations directors from the football playing schools in the state. Members of the Player of the Week voting committee as well as three media voters were allowed for each team.
The nominating SIDs were not allowed under LSWA rules to vote for their own players and each SID had to submit a ballot to have their nominees votes allowed to be counted. All stats are through the end of the regular season and do not include post-season activities.