12 Wolves receive postseason honors

Published 2:00 am Sunday, November 16, 2014


CO-LIN MEDIA / Donald Gray, Diquan Davis, Daniel Fitzwater, Jacob Fleming, Jonathan Taylor, De’Lance Turner, Cullen Greer, Arthur Maulet, Justin Morgan, Greg Nickels, Demond Tucker, Zachary Williams

WESSON – A 2014 season that saw the Copiah-Lincoln Wolfpack win the South Division of the MACJC has been further sweetened by 12 student-athletes garnering postseason honors.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Donald Gray has been named National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Most Valuable Player. Gray was also named All-Region, First Team Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State as a wide receiver, Second Team MACJC All-State as a punt returner and the MACJC Most Valuable Back. The Memphis native and graduate of White Station High is a Mississippi State commit. Gray caught 55 passes for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 18.3 yards per catch and was twice named MACJC Player of the week and twice named NJCAA Player of the week. As a punt returner, Gray averaged 20 yards per return and scored three touchdowns.

Sophomore kick returner Diquan Davis has been named First Team MACJC All-State. The Greenville-Weston graduate returned 18 kickoffs for 618 yards and averaged 34 yards per return. Davis scored three touchdowns on kick returns including two in one game against Gulf Coast. His second score in that game came with 1:48 remaining and proved to be the game winner in a 29-26 Co-Lin victory. Following that performance, Davis was named MACJC and NJCAA Player of the Week. As a running back, he rushed the ball 67 times for 339 yards and four touchdowns. Davis holds offers from Southeast Missouri State University and Carson-Newman College among others.

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Sophomore quarterback Daniel Fitzwater has been named First Team MACJC All-State. The graduate of Calvary Baptist (Shreveport) finished the season 221-of-356 for 3,080 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Fitzwater threw a season high 400 yards in a 37-13 win over Itawamba in the season opener. He topped 350 yards passing in four games and was honored as MACJC Player of the Week after throwing for 352 yards in a MACJC Semifinal win over Northwest. Fitzwater ends his career having thrown at least one TD in 19 of 20 games. His Co-Lin career totals are 5,764 yards, 41 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Fitzwater is being recruited by Colorado State, Rutgers and Memphis, among others.

Sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Fleming has been named First Team MACJC All-State. The graduate of North Pike High started 20 career games at left tackle over the last two seasons. Fleming holds offers from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Alabama-Birmingham and Southeastern Louisiana, among others.

Sophomore defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor has been named First Team MACJC All-State. A University of Georgia transfer, Taylor finished with 44 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. A defensive tackle, Taylor is a native of Millen, Georgia, and a graduate of Jenkins County High. Taylor holds offers from LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State, Alabama, Louisville and Miami, among others.

Sophomore running back De’Lance Turner has been named First Team MACJC All-State. Turner led the team with 600 yards on 98 carries and averaged 6.1 yards per rush. Turner scored four touchdowns on the ground and also added 220 yards receiving on 14 catches, three of which were for touchdowns. A Perry Central High graduate, he rushed for 188 yards as a freshman. Turner is being recruited by Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette, among others.

Sophomore offensive lineman Cullen Greer has been named Second Team MACJC All-State. Greer, a Wesson Attendance Center product, started every game in 2014 as the center for the Wolfpack. He served as a backup center and left guard as a freshman. Greer is being recruited by Mississippi College, Delta State and Northwestern Louisiana, among others.

Sophomore defensive back Arthur Maulet has been named Second Team MACJC All-State. Maulet, a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Bonnabel High, led the team with five interceptions in 2014. A cornerback, he was among the national leaders with 20 passes broken up. He opened the East Central game with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. Maulet holds offers from North Texas, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, Southeastern Louisiana, Troy and Southern Miss, among others. He’s also recently picked up recruiting interest from Boise State and Baylor.

Sophomore linebacker Justin Morgan has been named Second Team MACJC All-State. Morgan, a graduate of Senatobia High, was one of the leaders of the Co-Lin defense, finishing with 50 tackles. He also added one sack and three tackles for a loss. Morgan holds offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis and Old Dominion, among others.

Freshman kicker Greg Nickles has been named Second Team MACJC All-State. A graduate of East Rankin Academy, Nickles finished 14-of-17 on field goals and 38-of-44 on extra point attempts. His longest field goal came from 46-yards in the MACJC Semifinal win over Northwest. Nickles was twice named MACJC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Sophomore defensive lineman Demond Tucker has been named Second Team MACJC All-State. A Hazlehurst High product, he made 51 tackles from the defensive tackle position. Tucker led the team with 9.5 sacks in 2014. Tucker also added 10 tackles for a loss and was named MACJC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a season-opening win over Itawamba. As a freshman in 2013, he was named All-Region, First Team All-State, First Team All-American and NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year. Tucker holds offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Southern Miss, West Virginia, Louisville, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis and Texas A&M among others.

Freshman linebacker Zachary Williams has been named Second Team MACJC All-State. The Leake County graduate led Co-Lin with 84 tackles in 2014. He also made 5.5 sacks and broke up one pass. Williams averaged over seven tackles per game.