Hibbett gets second region offensive player of the year accolade

Hibbett-_AndyBy Adam Cavalier

For the second time in as many weeks, Carson-Newman football running back Andy Hibbett (Corryton, Tenn.) has been lauded as the Super Region II Offensive Player of the Year.

This week, the Beyond Sports Network presented Hibbett with the honor. In addition to Hibbett, offensive lineman Robby Igangni (Gallatin, Tenn.) earned first team all-region honors.  Quarterback De’Andre Thomas (Milledgeville, Ga.) made the second team with return specialist Lonnie Williams (Philadelphia, Pa.). Safety Jerry Miclisse (Homestead, Fla.) was earned honorable mention All-Region accolades.

Hibbett is also a Harlon Hill Trophy Finalist and the Daktronics region Player of the Year honoree from Daktroniks; he became the third Carson-Newman player to make it the final round of the Harlon Hill Trophy voting. Quarterback Leonard Guyton was a finalists in 2002, while Tyrone Westmoreland was the first Harlon Hill finalists for C-N in 1997.  Mars Hill running back Jonas Randolph is the only South Atlantic Conference player to win the award – doing so in 2011.

Hibbett produced a season for the ages for the Eagles. Hibbett set a school record by rushing for more than 100 yards in eight consecutive games.  His 1,394 yards on the season are the eighth highest tally in school history.  Hibbett secured his spot in the Eagle record books.  With 37 career rushing touchdowns, he moved past Brandon Baker and Antwon Oliver and into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time rushing TD list.

He also winds up with 3,208 career rushing yards.  That mark is also the eighth best in school history. Hibbett scored multiple touchdowns in seven games, including a pair of four-touchdown days. He is a two-time SAC offensive Player of the Week, three-time Bojangles Male Athlete of the Week and earned Tennessee Sportswriters Association Offensive Player of the Week honors once.  Following the season, he earned first team All-SAC honors.

Hibbett ranked sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game and 10th in scoring.  He had 18 TDs in his senior season – 16 on the ground and two through the air.

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