Hibbett, Ignagni and Williams lauded with All-America honors

CarsonNewmanLink1By Adam Cavalier

Carson-Newman football has placed three student athletes on the Beyond Sports Network’s All-American teams. ┬áRunning back and Harlon Hill Trophy finalist Andy Hibbett and offensive lineman Robby Ignagni earn first team All-American honors; return specialist Lonnie Williams (Philadelphia, Pa.) makes the second team.

They bring Carson-Newman’s all-time All-America honorees to 116.

Hibbett is also a Harlon Hill Trophy Finalist and the Daktronics and Beyond Sports Network Super Region II Offensive player of the Year. He became the third Carson-Newman player to make it the final round of the Harlon Hill Trophy voting.

Ignagni finished his Carson-Newman career as the program’s all-time leader in knockdowns with 45. ┬áIgnagni started 38 consecutive games at right guard for the Eagles and helped clear the way for Eagle offenses that ranked first, fourth and third in the nation in rushing in his three seasons as a starter.

Ignagni helped lead the way for three different 1,000-yard rushers. Carson-Newman averaged 38 points, 360 yards rushing and 479 yards of total offense with him starting.

The senior is also the strongest member of the team with the best squat and bench press numbers of anyone on the offense or defense.

Carson-Newman has now produced an All-American offensive lineman in three straight seasons and six of the last seven years.

Williams led the nation in yards per kickoff return with 34.1 a touch and one was of ten players in the country to bring to kickoffs back for touchdowns. Williams’ 34.1 yards per return is the third highest single season mark in Carson-Newman school history behind Kendall James (39.7) and Ques Rumph (34.7).

Williams was the fourth Carson-Newman player to return multiple kickoffs for scores in a single season.

He set the Carson-Newman single game record for kickoff return yards against Brevard, his first game returning kicks. Williams set a school record for kickoff return yards with 215. His first career kickoff return went 100 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the game. The 100-yard kickoff return is the fourth in school history and the first since 1992.

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