SWAC Coach and Player's of the Year

Coach of the Year
Melvin Spears - Grambling State University

The Grambling State athletics department officially announced the naming of MelvinSpears as the head football coach on January 20, 2005. He replaced Doug Williams who left the university to become the Personnel Executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to his appointment, Spears spent the 2004 season as the interim head football coach while spending the previous six seasons as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator with the Tiger’s coaching staff.

The Clinton, Louisiana native got his start in coaching in 1992 as the assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator at Casa Grande Union High School in Casa Grande, Arizona. Spears also served as the head wrestling coach at Casa Grande Junior High School. While on the staff, he helped a program that had not won more than two games in a single season in over thirty (30) years advance to the state quarterfinals.

Offensive Player of the Year
Bruce Eugene - Grambling State University

SENIOR SEASON (2005) Eugene, the 2005 SWAC Offensive Player of the Year has had a season to remember during his senior campaign at Grambling State. He has completed 210-of-372 passes for 3,683 yards and 46 touchdowns while rushing for 165 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 369.3 passing yards and 383.9 total offensive yards per game. He passed for 618 yards and seven touchdowns against Prairie View A&M while throwing for 507 yards and seven touchdowns against Texas Southern.

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.

2005 Award Winners

2004 Award Winners

2003 Award Winners

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