SoCon names Breitenstein's Offensive Player of the Year
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Breitenstein, the former Watauga standout, was named Player of the Year last year. He is the fourth player in league history to earn the award back-to-back.
Appalachian State linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough was named the SoCon’s Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. He shares the award with Chattanooga defensive tackle Davis Tull, who earned the award by himself from the media association.
Mountaineers’ receiver Sean Price was named the Freshman of the Year.
Breitenstein rushed for 1,653 yards and 16 touchdowns. He gained at least 100 yards in all but one of his games this season, including a 321-yard effort in a win at Elon on Sept. 29.
Breitenstein is third in SoCon history with 30 100-yard games, fourth with 5,348 career yards and fifth with 62 career touchdowns.
Kimbrough is the 10th Mountaineer to earn the defense award since it was introduced in 1989. He is also the first Mountaineer to earn the award since 2008 when it went to linebacker Jacque Roman.
Kimbrough leads the SoCon with 128 tackles, 64 of them being solo stops. He tied for fourth with 9.0 tackles for loss and has 31/2 sacks this season.
Price, who has caught 68 passes for 1,029 yards and eight touchdowns, is in contention for the Jerry Rice Award, which is given to the nation’s top FCS freshman.
ASU put 12 players on the two all-conference teams. Quarterback Jamal Jackson, cornerback Demetrius McCray and punter Sam Martin joined Kimbrough and Price on the first-team for the coaches and media teams.
Running back Steven Miller, defensive lineman Ronald Blair and safety Troy Sanders received first team consideration from the media and second team recognition from the coaches.
Receiver Andrew Peacock and linebacker Brandon Grier were named to both the media and coaches second team.