SWAC Coach and Player's of the Year

Coach of the Year
Charles Coe, III - Alabama State University

Charles Coe III, who has served in many capacities at several Division I-A football programs, was named interim head football coach at Alabama State University on August 4, 2003. Before the 2004 season, he had the interim tag removed and now it is easy to see why he was given the job on a permanent basis. In his two seasons at ASU, He has led the Hornets to an 18-7 record, two Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division titles and the 2004 SWAC Championship with a 40-35 win over Southern University. The conference championship was only the second in school history and the first since 1991. The 2004 season saw Coe lead the Hornets to only its second 10-win season in school history. ASU also led the SWAC in total offense and scoring offense as nine players were named either first or second team All-SWAC, which was also tops in the league. The 10-2 finish also helped Bama State finish as the 20th ranked Division I-AA team in the country, the first time ASU finished with a national ranking since 1991.

Offensive Player of the Year
Thomas Ricks - Southern University

Senior Season (2004) Ricks finished off a terrific senior season by leading the Southern Jaguars to an 8-4 overall record and second consecutive trip to the SWAC Championship Game & "TR" led the Jaguars in rushing, with 694 yards and 9 touchdowns on 144 carries & The 6-4, 220 pound LaPlace, LA. native, led the SWAC in total offense, total offensive TD's, and total offensive yards; while finishing 6th in the SWAC in rushing, and 7th in scoring (TD'S) & Ricks finished the 2004 season with the second-best passing season in Southern University history (2,786 yards and 24 TDs) ... He also had four 100-yard rushing games in the last five games ... TR threw for 5 touchdwons in a game, twice this season, and threw for 3 touchdowns three other times & Ricks also had a hand in 3,566 yards and 34 TDs - along with four successful fourth-quarter rallies & Also caught 1 pass for a 55 yard touchdown versus Alabama State & Ranked 10 in NCAA I-AA in total offense & Ranked 42nd in NCAA I-AA in Passing Efficiency and 98th in rushing.

Defensive Player of the Year
Ronald (Rock) Dillon - Alabama State University

SENIOR SEASON (2005) Dillon has been a force virtually from the first plays he participated in for Alabama State…An explosive blend of speed, quickness, plus mental toughness and ability has made him one of the unquestioned leaders of the Hornets...Came to ASU as a defensive back but was moved to outside linebacker. In his first game at ASU as a freshman, he blocked two punts that led to 14 points in a 61-58 win over Jackson State…Earned regular playing time midway through his freshman campaign and became a starter as a sophomore…His knowledge of the defense has been proficient. He began calling the defensive signals his junior year, a job that normally belongs to the middle linebacker, because of his thorough knowledge of the system. As a junior, he led the Southwestern Athletic Conference in tackles, sacks, and tackles for loss. Was named first-team All-SWAC at linebacker and was second in Defensive Player of the Year voting…Prior to his senior season, was named SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year by the conference and several football publications, including Lindy’s and Street and Smith’s…Dillon earned SWAC Defensive Player of the Year based on his performance during the 2004 season, where the Hornets led the SWAC in scoring defense and were among the top in most major defensive categories.

2004 Award Winners

2003 Award Winners

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