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Naggar named AAC Special Teams POY / 6 Mustangs honored

Postby PonyPride » Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:18 pm

From SMUMustangs.com:

Naggar Named Special Teams Player Of The Year, Bentley IV Earns Rookie OTY Honors

IRVING, Texas (The American/SMU) – Chris Naggar was named the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, while Ulysses Bentley IV earned Co-Rookie of the Year honors when league officials announced postseason honors on Tuesday.

In all, six Mustangs earned all-league recognition, highlighted by first-team selections Naggar, Bentley IV and Kylen Granson.

Chris Naggar | Senior | K | Special Teams Player of the Year/First Team
A semifinalist for the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, Naggar was been named the AAC Special Teams Player of the week four times during the 2020 season and was also a member of the Ray Guy Award Watch List.

In back-to-back weeks (Tulane, No. 25/24 Memphis), Naggar hit game winning field goals to keep the Mustangs undefeated. Following the win over Memphis, he was named a Lou Groza Star of the Week.

Naggar is 17-for-21 on field goals in his first season on the Hilltop, 43-of-46 on PATs and has 46 touchbacks on 69 kickoffs for 4,314 yards. He ranks 12th nationally and leads the conference in total points scored at 94.

His 17 field goals rank him tied for fifth in a season at SMU, one off the SMU single-season record of 18.

Ulysses Bentley IV | R-Freshman | RB | Co-Rookie of the Year/First Team
Bentley IV leads the Mustangs with 913 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns in 10 games, and has been listed on FWAA Freshman All-American, Doak Walker and CFPA Watch Lists. His 11 rushing TDs set the SMU freshman single-season record and his 913 rushing yards are over 250 more than any other player in the conference.

He scored his first seven TDs in the opening three games of the season, which tied for the sixth most in a three-game span at SMU.

Bentley IV registered 149 yards and two TDs in the win over Navy, giving him his fourth game of the season with multiple rushing TDs, and his 217 all-purpose yards gave him his second game of the season with 200+ (248 yards at UNT). In the win over Navy, he posted his fourth 100-yard game of 2020.

He ranks 13th nationally in rushing yards, rushing TDs and total TDs (12).

Kylen Granson | Senior | TE | First Team
Granson, who opened the season on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, is a repeat selection after earning second-team honors in 2019.

The senior had a breakout game at Temple with six receptions for a career-high 149 yards and one touchdown. It was his second-career 100-yard game.

In just his second season on the Hilltop, Granson ranks as one of the top tight ends in program history, setting the career receiving TD record by a tight end with 14 and ranking second in yards (1,257) and receptions (78) for a tight end.

Hayden Howerton | Senior | OL | Second Team
Howerton has started all 10 games at left guard for the Mustangs in 2020 and helped the Mustangs to national rankings of ninth in first downs (251), 14th in passing (318.0) and red zone offense (.920) and 15th in scoring offense (38.6).

The Mustang is the active leader for career games played on the Hilltop with 47, making 41 starts over four seasons.

Jaylon Thomas | Junior | OL | Second Team
Thomas was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List this season and is a second-team selection for the second consecutive season. He started nine of 10 games at left tackle for the Mustang, who rank ninth nationally in first downs (251), 14th in passing (318.0) and red zone offense (.920) and 15th in scoring offense (38.6).

Richard McBryde | Senior | LB | Honorable Mention
McBryde has started all 10 games this season at linebacker and is second on the team with 52 tackles (42 solo), including team-leading totals in 8.0 TFLs and 3.0 sacks.
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