Francis and Sanders Honored by VaSID
Courtesy: VMIKeydets.com  
Release: 01/31/2017
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HARRISONBURG, Va. - VMI football's Ryan Francis and Greg Sanders were named to the 2016 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division All-State Football Second Team, according to information released by the organization last week. Linebacker Francis accomplishes the feat after being named First Team All-SoCon (media) and Second Team (Coaches), while Sanders was voted to the Media's second team for postseason conference awards.

Francis ranked third in the SoCon in three different categories: tackles/game (9.6), sacks per game (6.0-total) and tackles for loss/game (13.5 total/1.35 game). The redshirt junior led VMI in tackles in five of his 10 game. He posted a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss vs. ETSU Oct. 8 and had three consecutive double-digit tackle games (16-10-12) with a combined 9.5 TFL/44 yards including 5 sacks/35 yards. He then posted another three-game string of double digit tackles later in the season (10-10-11).

Sanders started all 11 games to extend starting streak to 22 contests. He led VMI defensive backs with 68 tackles which included 4.5 for-loss and posted double-digit tackle games against Western Carolina (13) and Morehead State (10). Sanders intercepted passes against Bucknell (returned 34 yards) and Wofford, and broke up five passes on the season. He forced fumbles against Mercer, Western Carolina, and forced a fumble in season finale against The Citadel which he recovered.

Major Award Winners
Offensive Player of the Year: Bryan Schor, James Madison
Defensive Player of the Year: Micah Kiser, Virginia
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Deontez Thompson, Richmond
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Bryce Hall, Virginia
Coach of the Year: Mike Houston, James Madison

First Team - Offense
QB - Bryan Schor, James Madison
RB - Khalid Abdullah, James Madison
RB - Taquan Mizzell, Virginia #
WR - Brian Brown, Richmond @
WR - Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech @
TE - Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech @ $
OL - Augie Conte, Virginia Tech
OL - Thomas Evans, Richmond #
OL - Mitchell Kirsch, James Madison @ %
OL - Aaron Stinnie, James Madison
OL - Jerry Ugokwe, William & Mary

First Team - Defense
DL - Woody Baron, Virginia Tech
DL - Winston Craig, Richmond #
DL - Ken Ekanem, Virginia Tech
DL - Juwan Wells, Liberty
LB - Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
LB - Micah Kiser, Virginia @
LB - Andrew Motuapuaka, Virginia Tech
CB - Taylor Reynolds, James Madison @ %
CB - Greg Stroman, Virginia Tech
S - Quin Blanding, Virginia @ %
S - Raven Greene, James Madison #

First Team - Special Teams
PK - Griffin Trau, Richmond
P - Nicholas Conte, Virginia @
RS - Rashard Davis, James Madison

Second Team - Offense
QB - Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech
RB - Kendell Anderson, William & Mary @
RB - Ray Lawry, Old Dominion # %
WR - Rashard Davis, James Madison
WR - Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech
WR - Brandon Ravenel, James Madison
TE - Jonathan Kloosterman, James Madison
OL - Troy Butler, Old Dominion
OL - Dontae Duff, Liberty
OL - Matt Frank, James Madison
OL - Jackson Matteo, Virginia #
OL - Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech %

Second Team - Defense
DL - Andrew Ankrah, James Madison @
DL - Andrew Brown, Virginia
DL - Rashaad Coward, Old Dominion
DL - Martez Stone, James Madison
LB - Ryan Francis, VMI
LB - TJ Ricks, Old Dominion #
LB - Gage Steele, James Madison
CB - Brandon Addison, Old Dominion
CB - Sandy Chapman, Norfolk State
CB - Trey Reed, William & Mary
S - Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech
S - Greg Sanders, VMI

Second Team - Special Teams
PK - Joey Slye, Virginia Tech
P - Gunnar Kane, James Madison
RS - Frankie Hickson, Liberty


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