VMI Football: Martin, Thornton, Smith named Second Team All-SoCon

vmi footballVMI Football had eight cadet-athletes honored on the Southern Conference  postseason teams as announced by the league Tuesday afternoon.

Selected to the All-Southern Conference second team as selected by the media were sophomore wide receiver Kris Thornton (Manassas, Va.) and defensive back AJ Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.). Junior return specialist Rohan Martin (Stafford, Va.) was named second team All-Conference by the coaches.

Five VMI freshmen – OL Marshall Gill, WR Jakob Herres, LB, Brett Howell, DB Ethan Casselberry, and DB Colin Loftis were all named to the all-freshman teams as selected by the SoCon coaches. VMI had the most representatives of any SoCon school on the all-freshman squads.

Thornton set a new VMI single season record with 87 catches and was second in the league with 7.9 catches per game and third in receiving yards with 90.7 per game. Smith co-led the team in tackles with linebacker Elliott Brewster with 90 total tackles and also led in solo hits with 55. Martin averaged 15.9 yards per punt return in 2018.

For more, go to www.soconsports.com

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