`Jacks Place Three on Phil Steele All-America Team
Dec. 23, 2011
Senior offensive lineman George Bias, and juniors Gralyn Crawford and Willie Jefferson have been named to the 2011 Phil Steele's Magazine All-America squad announced publication officials. All three athletes garnered third-team honors.
Bias, who was also named to the 2011 College Sports Madness and AP All-America squads, worked his way into the starting lineup during his freshman year, and never looked back helping produce one of the nation's most prolific passing attacks in school history. Bias battled through injuries during his final season to help SFA lead the nation in pass protection despite putting the ball in the air close to 600 times.
Crawford was honored as one of the nation's top punt returners. He finished sixth in the nation averaging 167.6 all-purpose yards per game in 2011. A two-time All-America selection as a kick returner, Crawford was again one of the nation's biggest return threats in the country. He averaged 28.1 yards per kick, and returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown to set a new school record this past season. It was the fourth return for a touchdown in his career. Crawford also averaged eight yards per punt return during his junior campaign.
Jefferson had a huge impact during his first season in Nacogdoches. The 2011 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, Jefferson led the conference, and finished tied for fourth in the nation averaging 1.36 sacks per game. SFA as a team finished tops in the country averaging nearly 4.5 sacks per contest. Jefferson also finished the year with 29 tackles and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns.
Jefferson recorded two record-setting performances during the 2011 season. He wrote his name in the SFA record books when he posted 4.5 sacks against McNeese State to set a new school single-game record. He followed that up with a five-sack performance against Northwestern State in the season-finale to tie a new SLC record. He was received national defensive player of the week honors following both performances.
The Lumberjacks closed out the 2011 campaign winning their final five games to record their third consecutive winning season.