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ASU's Gaskins wins national postseason award

Jamarkus Gaskins led the Rams in sacks this season, which is just one of the reasons he was named the SIAC's Defensive Player of the Year earlier this month, and then to the 011 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Super Region Two Team on Wednesday. (Albany State University/Special to The Herald).

Jamarkus Gaskins led the Rams in sacks this season, which is just one of the reasons he was named the SIAC's Defensive Player of the Year earlier this month, and then to the 011 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Super Region Two Team on Wednesday. (Albany State University/Special to The Herald).

ALBANY -- Albany State linebacker Jamarkus Gaskins was named to the 2011 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Super Region Two Football Team and was selected as the region's Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday. Gaskins helped the Rams to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior from Tifton, who was also named the conference Defensive Player of the Year, was the top vote-getter at the linebacker position. A key anchor of the Golden Rams' "Dirty Blue" defense, Gaskins recorded 73 tackles (42 solo), with 17.5 for a loss of 75 yards in 12 games. He led the team and the conference with 11 sacks and was ranked 20th in the nation. He also had five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries for 67 yards, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

Two other Golden Rams, running back Nathan Hoyte and defensive back Rashad McRae, were named to the second team. Hoyte, a 5-10, 195-pound junior from Waldorf, Md., rushed for 774 yards on 165 carries for seven touchdowns for the Rams. He averaged 64.5 yards per game.

A 5-10, 195-pound senior from Douglas, McRae was second on the team with 85 tackles (53 solo) with 10.5 tackles for losses. He also had nine pass breakups, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and a sack for the Rams. McRae joined Gaskins on the 2011 All-Conference Football Team, while Hoyte was named to the second team.

Other players in ASU's conference who were named to the second team were offensive lineman Marlon Jones and running back David Carter of Morehouse College; offensive lineman Jessie Mitchell, return specialist Keith Massey and linebacker JacQuan Persley of Kentucky State University; linebacker Cory Jones and safety Tyren Futch of Lane College; and defensive lineman Darel Strong of Clark Atlanta University.

Jonas Randolph, a senior running back at Mars Hill College, was selected as the region's Offensive Player of the Year.

The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition.