ASU's Gaskins named Division II Defensive Player of the Year

ALBANY — Albany State linebacker Jamarkus Gaskins was named the Ron Lenz Division II National Defensive Player of the Year honor Thursday.

He had already been named the Super Region Two and conference Defensive Player of the Year.

He was the lone representative from the conference to be named to the team.

The 6-2, 200-pound senior from Tifton, had 73 tackles (42 solo) to help lead Albany State to an appearance in the NCAA playoffs.

Gaskins, who led the ASU “Dirty Blue” defense with 11 sacks, made 17.5 tackles for losses of 75 yards in 12 games.

He also had five pass breakups, three fumble recoveries for 67 yards, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

Gaskins was selected to play in the Third Annual HBCU All-Star Bowl, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

Mars Hill College running back Jonas Randolph was named the Ron Lenz Division II National Offensive Player of the Year.

The Ron Lenz National Player of the Year awards were named for long-time South Dakota State sports information director Ron Lenz in 2008. Lenz was instrumental in the foundation of the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America program.

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. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA), with the online nomination and voting process powered by ATHLETICSITE.COM.