The Union Recorder

December 19, 2013

Williams named AFCA Coach of the Year

GMC football recognized nationally

Steven Cary
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Finishing as the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association’s runner-up football team, Georgia Military College wrapped up an impressive season this week earning numerous national honors for the team’s efforts.

Bulldogs’ head coach Bert Williams was named American Community College Football Coaches Association (ACCFCA) Coach of the Year after leading the squad to an 11-1 season this fall.

“It is very gratifying to get the award,” Williams said. “It sends a message out there about what our program is about. It rewards our whole program for the good job we did this year.”

Days later the NJCAA also honored six GMC players, three on offense, two on defense and one on special teams, with All-American status for the 2013 season.

“It’s always good to have a player get that award,” Williams said.

Offensively, freshman Jovon Robinson and sophomore Devon Williams earned First-Team All-American honors. Robinson led the league in rushing and scoring with 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns and tied the record for most points scored in a season with 204 this fall, while Devon helped open up room for the Bulldogs’ tailbacks on the offensive line.

“I think with the success we had running the ball, Jovon was an easy one,” Williams said.

The NJCAA placed sophomore offensive lineman Adam Duckett on the Honorable Mention list as well for the Bulldogs for helping create one of the most powerful rushing attacks in the country.

On the defensive side of the ball, GMC’s Kenderius Whitehead represented well earning First-Team All-American honors as a freshman lineman having earned 36 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, while sophomore defensive back Stephen Houston was honored with Second-Team All-American Status for the Bulldogs after finishing the year with 36 tackles, 10 pass breakups and four interceptions.

“On defense, again our top two guys were at the top statistically,” Williams said. “I think it ought to create some attention throughout the community and across the state.”

The final Bulldog honored was sophomore kicker Brandon Rutherford on the NJCAA’s Second-Team All-American list for special teams. Rutherford went 63 of 68 at extra points and made 15 field goals out of 17 attempts this season with the longest being from 47 yards out.

Though the individual recognition is positive for the six players, Williams admits their accomplishment reflects the overall success GMC achieved this year, which culminated in a trip to the national championship game and a runner-up finish to end the historic season.

“Anytime you have guys earn an award, it speaks volumes about the work they’ve done,” Williams said, “but I also think it reflects the team success.”