SIAC Coach and Player's of the Year

Coach of the Year
Mike White - Albany State

Albany State head coach Mike White has been named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's coach of the year. White earned the award after taking Albany State to a 7-4 record in a season that included wins over SIAC champion Tuskegee and arch-rival Fort Valley State in the Fountain City Classic

Offensive Player of the Year
Duron Croson - Running Back - Fort Valley State University

Duron Croson is a native of Dade City, Florida, majoring in education. He is a durable tailback who has developed into one of the most versatile members of For Valley's offensive backfield. Croson rushed for 206 yards as a freshman, averaged 5.7 yards per carry and scored tow touchdowns. He averaged 13.6 yards a catch as a rookie and, during his sophomore year he rushed for 567 yards and scored eight touchdowns. In 2001, he set the Fort Valley record for most carries in a game with 40 against Clark Atlanta. He has been named the 2002 SIAC Player of the Year, rushing for 1,384 yards and led all conference backs with 18 touchdowns. He also earned the league's Offensive Player of the Year and the George H. Hobson Offensive Back of the Year. Outside of the SAIC, selected Croson as first team ALL-American.

Defensive Player of the Year
John Grant - Linebacker - Morehouse College

For the third straight year John Grant has been named the SAIC Defensive Player of the Year. John had a total of 99 tackles, 59 solo and 40 assisted tackles, and 2 quarterback sacks. Playing the position of linebacker, John Grant is 6'-0", 220 lbs., from Eastman, Georgia. This senior averaged 11 tackles per game. His intensity helped the Morehouse Maroon Tigers to another super year.

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