SIAC Coach and Player's of the Year

Coach of the Year
Mike White - Albany State

In six seasons as head coach of the Albany State University Golden Rams, Mike White has shaped the football program into one of the best in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II levels. Under White’s leadership, the Golden Rams won SIAC championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and made consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II Football Championships in 2004 and 2005.

White led his 2005 Golden Rams squad to a spectacular 8-2 record. Of 200 teams ranked, the Golden Rams finished the season ranked fifth in the nation with a 93 percent rate in pass efficiency defense, 11th in turnover margin and 12th in rushing offense with 245.8 years per game. The Golden Rams were also ranked 20th in punt returns, 21st in net punting, 25th in total defense, 31st in kickoff returns, 38th in scoring defense, 39th in scoring offense and 40th in total offense.

The Golden Rams were first in the SIAC in rushing offense, averaging 245.8 yards per game and first in pass efficiency defense. The Golden Rams were ranked second in total offense with 392.2 yards per game and scoring offense with 30.4 points per game in the SIAC.

Offensive Player of the Year
Kevin Huff - Tuskegee University

2005: He was on the First Team Pre-Season All-SIAC, Don Hansen’s Pre-season All-America Team, First Team All-SIAC, SIAC Offensive Player of the Year, SIAC Player of the Year, SIAC Player of the Week six times, MVP in the Tuskegee-Morehouse Football Classic, Most Valuable Offensive Player in Pioneer Bowl VIII, Second leading rusher on team, Nominated for the Harlon Hill Trophy, Second Team BCSP “BAAD” Team of Black College Football All-Stars.

His team won 11 games and lost 1…Won Pioneer Bowl VIII…Has guided his team to a 21-3 record in two seasons…Led the SIAC in passing average per game and total offense.

Defensive Player of the Year
Alton Pettway - Albany State University

Alton Pettway, a 6-3, 255-pound defensive lineman from Bay Minette, Ala., became a household name during the 2005 season as an Albany State University Golden Ram. He is a phenomenal defensive powerhouse and leader of the Golden Rams “Dirty Blue” defense. Named the 2005 SIAC Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-SIAC First Team Defense, Pettway racked up 58 tackles with 24 solos during the 2005 season. He recorded 17 tackles for a loss of 62 yards, nine sacks for 48 yards, 21 quarterback hurries and a pass breakup. He also forced fumbles and recovered two fumbles and blocked a punt. Pettway recorded 2.5 sacks and seven quarterback hurries against Tuskegee University on Oct. 1, as the Golden Rams defeated the Golden Tigers, 31-21. He also recorded 13 tackles against Kentucky State University on Sept. 11 and nine tackles each against Lane College on Sept. 17 and Morehouse College on Oct. 29. He was instrumental in leading the Golden Rams to their third consecutive SIAC championship and third NCAA Division II playoff appearance. The Golden Rams finished the season with an 8-2 record. The Golden Ram is ranked 12th in the nation in pass sacks, 48th in tackles for loss and 100th in forced fumbles. He leads the SIAC in sacks, third in tackles for loss and 26th in tackles. Awarded for his outstanding performance on the playing field, Pettway was recently named a Black College All-American by the Sheridan Broadcasting Network and was honored by the Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. as the SIAC Defensive Player of the Year.

2005 Award Winners

2004 Award Winners

2003 Award Winners

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