Nine Buccaneers named all-conference in football; DeGraffenreid named league's top scholar-athleteDecember 3, 2004
By CSU Sports Information
|Senior Harry Seabrook had the best season of his career in 2004|
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Led by record-setting sophomore quarterback Collin Drafts, Charleston Southern placed nine players on the 2004 Big South All-Conference football team. Junior defensive end Adam DeGraffenreid earned the league's Scholar-Athlete award.
Drafts, who set or tied eight Big South Conference records during the 2004 season, was named to the league's first team, along with redshirt freshman wide receiver Eddie Gadson and senior receiver Harry Seabrook. Selected to the second-team were DeGraffenreid, defensive back Tavares Shorter, offensive guard Jonathan Parra, receiver Maurice Price, and linebackers Bowe Butler and Jada Ross.
Drafts led the Big South in passing at 253.2 yards per game and in total offense (265.2), both conference records. He also set conference records for touchdown passes (21), completions (212), passing yards (2,532) and completion percentage (62.3). His 411 passing yards against Allen earlier this season was a league and school record.
Gadson led the Big South this season in receptions (69), yards (792) and touchdowns (9). His touchdown total was a single-season league record and he caught 14 passes in one game, also a league mark.
Seabrook finished right behind Gadson in receptions with a career-best 54 catches, totaling 729 yards and five scores. He was second in the league in yards per game, behind Gadson.
In addition to being the leader along CSU's defensive front, DeGraffenreid carried a 4.0 grade-point-average as a biology major. On the field, the 6-1, 265-pound junior had six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. He finished third in the conference in tackles for loss and third in sacks. His six solo sacks were tops in the league.
Shorter, CSU's spur, led the Buccaneers with three interceptions and finished with 40 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. Ross, a sophomore from Summerville, led CSU in tackles with 68 total hits. He also recorded two sacks and had an 18-tackle effort in the season finale against Coastal Carolina.
Butler, one of only two starting seniors on CSU's defense, earned his third consecutive second-team honor. Butler finished with 56 tackles in 10 games this season.
Earning second-team on offense, Price, a true freshman from Orlando, Florida, finished with 27 receptions for 401 yards in only seven games. Parra, a senior who played guard and center this season, graded 90 percent or better in all 10 games and allowed only 1.5 sacks this season.
Charleston Southern tied a school record with five victories this season. Head coach Jay Mills had only two starting seniors defensively and only four full-time starting seniors on offense.