Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Three Redhawks named Associated Press All-Americans

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Coach Tuke leads the team onto the field during the first playoff game at Houck Stadium.
Photo by Joshua Dodge ~ Photo Editor

The Southeast football team continues to be recognized after the conclusion of its season as junior inside linebacker Zach Hall, senior offensive tackle Drew Forbes and senior running back Marquis Terry all were named to the 2018 Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-America team on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Hall earned a spot on the first-team defense while Terry and Forbes both made the second-team offense.

Hall earned the Ohio Valley Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in his dominant junior campaign. He broke a SEMO single-season record and led the nation in tackles with 168, had 12 tackles for loss, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, two blocked kicks, two sacks and a safety.

His efforts make him a top-three finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given nationally to the FCS defensive player of the year. The winner will be announced Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas.

Hall became the fifth Redhawk to be named an AP FCS First-Team All-American. Others previously named were Doug Berg (DL, 1994), Willie Ponder (WR, 2002), Henry Harris (RB, 2010) and Sean Middleton (C, 2010).

Forbes made 35 straight starts at left tackle for the Redhawks and finished his Southeast career with a second-round appearance in the FCS playoffs after anchoring an offense line that helped push SEMO to a 9-4 record.

Terry earned the OVC’s Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league in rushing with 1,229 yards and 14 touchdowns. He ran for more than 100 yards in an OVC-best six games. Terry’s best performance came in Week 3, when he ran for an OVC record 311 yards against Southern Illinois on Sept. 15.

The trio helped lead No. 20 Southeast to its second playoff berth in school history. Southeast played host in a playoff game for the first time Nov. 24 and beat Stony Brook 28-14 for the program’s first playoff win since moving to Division I in 1991. The Redhawks lost in the second round to No. 2 Weber State 48-23 on Dec. 3, marking the furthest Southeast has advanced in the FCS playoffs.