The Southern Conference’s football coaches recognized eight Appalachian State University student-athletes on their 2011 all-conference teams, the league office announced on Tuesday. Senior offensive lineman Orry Frye (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), senior wide receiver Brian Quick
(Columbia, S.C./Ridge View), junior linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough (Decatur, Ga./Cedar Grove) and junior defensive back Demetrius McCray (Covington, Ga./Newton) were first-team honorees while senior running back Travaris Cadet (Miami, Fla./Central), senior tight end Ben Jorden (Weddington, N.C./Charlotte Latin), junior defensive back Troy Sanders (Chester, S.C./Chester) and junior punter Sam Martin (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr’s Mill) were second-team all-conference selections by the SoCon coaches.
Among the Mountaineers’ first-team offensive honorees, Frye anchored a young offensive line that ranks among the top 25 nationally with just 14 sacks allowed on the season and Quick is among the nation’s leaders in receptions (64 — tied for 19th), receiving yards (1,055 — 11th) and touchdown catches (11 — tied for sixth). On the defensive side of the ball, first-team selection Kimbrough ranks sixth in the SoCon in tackles (93), tied for sixth in tackles for loss (11.5) and 11th in sacks (4.0) while McCray leads the SoCon and is tied for eighth nationally with five interceptions.
Appalachian’s eight all-conference selections were the second-most from any team by the SoCon coaches, only one fewer than conference champion Georgia Southern’s nine.
In addition to the eight all-conference picks, three Mountaineers — center Alex Acey (Clay, Ala./Clay-Chalkville), defensive end Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) and defensive back Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) — earned spots on the SoCon’s all-freshman team. ASU’s three all-freshman honorees were also good for second in the league, behind only Chattanooga (seven).
The SoCon Media Association’s all-conference teams will be unveiled on Wednes