Seven keydets deserve All-SoCon honors


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SPARTANBURG, SC — The Southern Conference released both their coaching and media All-SoCon teams and awards Tuesday afternoon Stone Snyder, AlexOliver, Robert Soderholm and Jack Culbreath All get first team nods from the coaches. The Keydets also featured in the all-freshman roster Isaiah Lemmond (Offense), Jahleel Porter (defense) and Geoffrey Speight (Defense) deserves the award.

On the media side, Oliver and Soderholm earned first-team nods, while Snyder and Culbreath took second-team awards. There is no all-freshman team in the media poll.

Stone Snyder – Linebacker – Senior
Snyder continued to dominate defensively and notched a league-high 107 tackles despite missing a game through injury. The Richmond, Virginia native has had 11+ tackles five times this season, including a season-high 19 with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble against Cornell. At the end of the regular season, Snyder ranks third in the nation with an average of 10.7 tackles per game, and his 5.1 solo tackles per game is 29th. Snyder’s other standout games this season included: Wake Forest (6 tackles, 0.5 TFL), #10 Samford (12.0 tackles, 0.5 TFL), The Citadel (18.0 tackles). Ends his career with 339 tackles (6th among active FCS players) Snyder sits just outside the top 10 at VMI in just 38 games due to the Covid-shortened season. Snyder exits VMI as a two-time All-American, two-time SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, and three-time Buck Buchanan finalist for Defensive Player of the Year in FCS football. More post-season accolades are likely to come his way.

AlexOliver – Defensive Back – Junior
Building on a successful second campaign, Oliver set career bests in tackles (75.0 – fourth on team), interceptions (3) and break-ups (10). Oliver’s 10 separations are not only a team high, but currently rank 24th in the nation and finished the season fourth among SoCon players. Oliver recorded at least two tackles in every game, scoring eight or more five times, including a career-high 11, along with a fumbled recovery at Wofford. Oliver’s three interceptions were a team-best, with two coming against No. 16 Mercer. Oliver’s 27 career pass breakups currently rank him 10thth among active players at FCS level.

Robert Soderholm – Long Snapper – Red Shirt Senior
Soderholm, who recently earned SpecialTeamsU All-American status, is now a four-time All-American and has earned All-SoCon First Team nods over the past two seasons. Soderholm, who was an All-American at three different organizations last preseason, does more than execute his snaps in a nearly flawless manner — as the Stafford, Virginia native has three tackles this season and after the snap for picking up blockers responsible for.

Jack Culbreath -Punter-Junior
After a 2021 season in which he was named a Hero Sports All-American and named to the All-SoCon First Team, Culbreath had another career year averaging 2,790 yards on 64 punts for an average of 43.6 yards per kick. Culbreath also handled kickoff duties and had career-high touchbacks (5) and fair catches (15), pinned the ball nine times from under 20, and caught 14 punts from 50 yards or more. Against Wofford, Culbreath smashed a career-best 60-yard punt as he averaged 51.5 yards per kick that day.

Isaiah Lemmond – Wide receiver
It didn’t take long for Lemmond to break into offense, catching three catches for 80 yards in the second game of his career. Lemmond, who finishes the season second on the team with 453 yards, has had two or more catches in his last six games, including six each against No. 9 Chattanooga, Furman and No. 10 Samford. Lemmond finally reached the endzone at Wofford when he hauled in a 52-yarder for his first career result.

Jahleel Porter – Defensive back
Like Lemmond, Porter showed his value from the start with 7.0 total tackles and two pass breakups at No. 22 Wake Forest. Porter, who recorded a tackle in all but two games, registered one pass breakup against Cornell, two against ETSU, and one against Furman. Perhaps the most notable highlight of Porter’s young career came at No. 9 in Chattanooga when he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a VMI player since 2015 and is the fourth longest game in Keydet history.

Geoffrey Speight – line of defense
In his Wake Forest debut, Speight established himself with 3.0 tackles and 0.5 tackles to one loss in a win over Bucknell. Speight, who would record a tackle in all but one game, registered tackles for the loss at No. 9 Chattanooga (1.0), to Furman (1.5), to No. 16 Mercer (1.5), and at No .10 Samford (1.0). Speight’s season high in tackles came against Mercer, in which he averaged 7.0 while registering a quarterback in a rush.

For the full list of All Conference award winners, visit soconsports.com.

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