MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. --- Huntingdon sophomore safety Keith Anthony has been named to the All-South Region second-team by the nationally-renowned Division III football website, D3Football.com, the site announced on Friday.
Anthony became just the second Huntingdon player to earn all-region honors from D3Football.com, joining former Hawks wide receiver Mark Colson, who earned second-team honors following the 2006 season. The Eclectic, Ala., native was one of 78 student-athletes named to three South region postseason teams. A total of 205 players were nominated from member schools within the region.
In just his second season with the Hawks, Anthony emerged as one of the top players and leaders of the defense. This season, he set a new benchmark for interceptions in a season, as he intercepted eight passes, including a school-best three in Huntingdon’s victory over LaGrange. He also added four pass break ups and a forced fumble.
In addition to his success defending the pass, Anthony was also the leading tackler for the Hawks this season, posting 78 total stops, including one for loss. He recorded a team-best 45 solo tackles, a mark which was the third-most in a single season in the seven-year history of the Huntingdon program. During the 2009 season, Anthony recorded atleast three tackles in every game, including three games of 13 or more.
DePauw quarterback Spud Dick was named the South Region Offensive Player of the Year, while Chris Mayes of Wesley was the region’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Dick threw for 2,785 yards and 27 touchdowns over nine games in leading DePauw to the NCAA playoffs for the first time in the program's history. He completed 71.3 percent of his passes.
Mayes has 32 and a half tackles for loss and 13 sacks for the Wolverines, who play at Mount Union on Saturday in the Division III football national semifinals. He has broken up eight passes and intercepted another, while forcing three fumbles and recording 63 tackles, 39 solo.
Johns Hopkins coach Jim Margraff, whose team won the Centennial Conference title and won two road games in the NCAA playoffs before falling at Wesley 12-0 in the national quarterfinals, is the 2009 D3football.com South Region Coach of the Year.