Albany State track and cross country runner Brittany Carter and football star Jamarkus Gaskins received ASU’s top awards at Wednesday night’s banquet.
ALBANY — Albany State University student athletes were honored for their outstanding academic and athletic achievements during the 42nd annual All-Sports Banquet at ASU’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex Wednesday night.
Student athletes who participate in football, volleyball, baseball, tennis, softball and women’s and men’s basketball, track and field, cross country, cheerleading and dance were honored during the event.
More than 100 student athletes were honored, including track & field star Brittany Carter and linebacker Jamarkus Gaskins, who received ASU’s top awards, the 2012 Female and Male Student Athlete of the Year awards.
Pitcher Ken Nesbitt received the RAM award, which is presented to the student athlete who exhibits school spirit, dedication, leadership and service to the community.
Carter led the ASU track & field team to the 2012 conference championship title, its second consecutive title and sixth in the past seven seasons.
During the meet, she won the 800-meter, 1500 and 10,000 runs; and the 2000 steeplechase, scoring 40 points for the Lady Rams.
She also led the Lady Rams to a second-place finish in the conference’s cross country championships.
Gaskins, a defensive leader on the ASU football team, led the conference and was 19th in the nation in sacks. He was also ranked 30th in the nation in tackles for loss.
Named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, Gaskins earned the Ron Lenz Daktronics Division II National Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Super Region II Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Gaskins also picked up ASU’s Most Valuable Defensive Player award.
Nesbitt, who has won eight games for the Rams on the mound this season, is president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was recently named one of Georgia’s Peach of an Athlete Role Models by the Atlanta Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.
ASU’s Most Valuable Offensive Football Player award went to quarterback Stanley Jennings, and Bruce Ryles was named the Best Linebacker. Best Defensive Lineman was Antorio Wells, while Hakeem Lassiter received the Best Offensive Lineman award. Nathan Hoyte received the Best Running Back award, while Ronnie Tubbs was named Best Wide Receiver. Former Monroe star Larry Whitfield was named Best Defensive Freshman, and Victor Moli was named Best Offensive Freshman. Darius Nelson and Brandon Hamilton picked up Special Teams Awards.
Rashad McRae was recently named to the Sheridan Broadcasting Network’s Black College All-America Team and received his trophy for the honor during the banquet. He was also named ASU’s Best Defensive Back.
Top baseball awards went to catcher Ricky Harris as the Best Defensive Player and the RBI King. Shortstop William Smalls received the Most Home Runs Award and the Captain’s Award. Third baseman Joshua Heinrich was the Newcomer of the Year, and designated hitter and infielder Allen Hardy received a Most Home Runs Award and was named Freshman of the Year. First baseman and former Westover star Jacob Campbell received a Coaches Award, and pitcher Jared Arrington received the Most Improved Award. Right fielder Ryan Latner received the Highest Batting Average Award and center fielder Eddie Mathis won the Most Stolen Bases Award.
The softball team’s Best Defensive Player Award went to pitcher Chelsea Hicks, and catcher Chaconna Marks received the Best Offensive Player Award. The Newcomer of the Year honors went to first baseman Shelby Gale, while pitcher Shaywona Marks was named Most Improved. Marks, along with third baseman Shandria Usher, received Team Captain Awards.
ASU guard and Bainrbridge grad April Thomas was named ASU’s Best Offensive Women’s Basketball Player and Newcomer of the Year, while the Defensive Player of the Year Award went to guard Symone Wilkerson. Guard Breauna Fields received the Most Improved Award and the Team Captain Award.
Guards Jaren Harris and Justin Wilcox were named Best Offensive Men’s Basketball Players and guard Rachard Lofton and forward Brian Thornton received the Best Defensive Player Awards. Guard Andrew Covin received the team’s Leadership Award, and forward Joshua Alford and center Michael Tippins received Most Improved Awards.
Tennis players Reanah Kellogg and Jasmine Williams were honored as the Most Outstanding Doubles Team, and Reanah Kellogg received the Most Outstanding Singles Player award. Ashley Bynum won the Freshman of the Year Award and Brittney White was the Most Improved Player.
ASU men’s track and field awards went to Garrett Reynolds as the Most Valuable Track Runner and Isaiah Leggett as the Most Versatile Performer. Untayous Benson received the Most Improved Award, while Terry Orange was named Rookie of the Year. On the women’s side, Irrion Conaler was named Most Valuable Track Runner and CreeAnn Perkins was the Most Valuable Field Performer. Track and Field Rookie of the Year awards went to Chelsea Johnson and Jasmine Grovenor, respectively.
Brittany Carter was named the Best Women’s Cross Country Performer, and Olivia Traylor was the women’s Rookie of the Year. Men’s cross country awards went to Robert Smith as Most Valuable Performer and Tabareyon Jones as Most Improved.
The Best Offensive Volleyball Player Award went to Sharme Ridley, and Adrienne Morris received the Best Defensive Player Award. Team Captain Awards went to Jennifer Johnson and Sabrina Garcia, and Janeka Reid was named Most Improved.
Ashley Chunn received the Most Dedicated Cheerleader Award and an Academic Achievement, and Jasmine McBride was named Freshman of the Year. Patrice Ellison was named Most Outstanding Platinum Diva Dancer, and Natalie Willis was named Most Dedicated. Chelsea Banks received the Most Improved Award, while Lacy Brooks won the Coaches Award.