For the third-consecutive year the UWF football team had a record number of student-athletes recognized by the Gulf South Conference as all-league performers, including quarterback Austin Reed who was named the Offensive Freshman of the Year.
First team representatives included running back Shomari Mason, wide receiver Tate Lehtio, offensive tackle Samuel Antoine, defensive lineman Ian Bush, nickelback Trent Archie and special teams utility player De’Marco Artis. Argos on the second team were Reed, wide receiver Quentin Randolph, offensive guard Joe Wintrick, linebacker Kedrick Bradley and punter Dawson Hamlin.
In his first season with UWF, Reed has started nine games and led the GSC in passing with 2,444 passing yards, 244.4 passing yards per game and 24 touchdown passes. The redshirt freshman from St. Augustine, Fla. is second in the conference with a 151.2 passer rating and has an 8-1 record as a starter. He is the third player in program history to win a Freshman of the Year award, joining Archie (defense) in 2016 and Mike Beaudry (offense) in 2017.
Antoine has continued his strong play on the offensive line and earned his third-consecutive All-GSC honor after a pair of second team awards in 2017 and 2018. The senior from Weston, Fla. has helped UWF average a school-record 143 yards rushing this season. The Argonauts have also thrown for 257.3 yards per contest which is second in the conference.
Archie has started all 10 games at nickel is tied for the team lead and 12th in the GSC with 57 tackles. The junior from Mobile, Ala. is tied for third in the league with 4.5 sacks.
Artis has enjoyed a strong sophomore campaign in his first season in Pensacola. The transfer out of Sanford, Fla. has been a backup linebacker who also serves on the kickoff coverage unit, which has held teams to 19.3 yards per return, good for second-fewest in the league.
As a graduate transfer, Bradley stepped right in at the strongside linebacker position and has made 53 tackles to rank third on the team. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native has at least seven tackles in four games this season.
Bush is another grad transfer and has been a top performer on the defensive line all year. The Port Charlotte, Fla. native leads the GSC with 1.6 tackles for loss per game and four fumbles forced.
Hamlin has been among the national leaders in punting for the majority of the season and currently has a 44.2 yards per kick average. The sophomore from Goshen, Ala. has 15 kicks inside the 20 and nine of 50 yards or more. He ranks third in the country in punting avg.
Lehtio and Randolph have been the team’s leading receivers this year. Lehtio paces the team with 50 receptions for 63.6 yards per game and Randolph has 611 yards with five touchdowns and 61.1 yards per game.
Mason joins Reed as the only two freshmen on either team and is the lone rookie on the first team. He has rushed for 416 yards and five scores in 2019. The first team player out of North Fort Myers, Fla. is third in the GSC with 7.7 yards per carry and has a pair of 100-yard rushing performances. He is just the third freshman running back to earn first team honors in the last 10 years.
Wintrick is another member of the veteran offensive line that has paved the way for an offensive unit that averages 400 yards and 35.3 points per game. The senior from Tampa, Fla. has started nine games at left guard for the Argos in 2019.
Valdosta State’s Rogan Wells was named the Offensive Player of the Year and North Greenville’s, Chauncey Haney the Defensive Player of the Year. Shorter’s Xavier Robinson earned the Defensive Freshman of the Year. John Bland of Mississippi College and Gary Goff of VSU shared the Coach of the Year award.