SU roundup: Mitchell, Smith garner first-team All-ODAC football honors

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FOREST — Senior Byron Mitchell and sophomore Andrew Smith led seven Shenandoah University players in earning All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference accolades for football in selections announced Tuesday by the league office.

Mitchell, a linebacker, and Smith, at all-purpose, were both named first team All-ODAC in a vote of a league’s coaches released Tuesday.

For Mitchell, it is his second first-team all-league honor. In 2011, he was named first team All-USA South. Last season, he earned second team All-ODAC accolades.

The duo are two of seven honorees for the Hornets.

Sophomores Jake Payne and Bayvon Young were named to the second team at defensive end and defensive back, respectively, while Ian Griffin, Sean Blackman and Jordan Umstead — a Central High School graduate — earned third-team honors.

Griffin was named as a defensive lineman, Blackman as a linebacker and Umstead at punter.

Mitchell, the all-time leader in tackles at Shenandoah with 276, finished third in the league in tackles per game at 9.4 and tied for third in the league in sacks with 4.5.

He was named as the ODAC Defensive Player of the Week on two different occasions this season.

Smith matched Mitchell by earning ODAC Offensive Player of the Week honors twice this season after finishing second in the league this season in all-purpose yardage with 1,607.

Smith had 890 yards rushing, 269 receiving and 448 in kick return yards.

He had nine rushing TDs, three through the air and one two-point conversion.

That two-pointer ended up being the winning points in 36-35 victory over eventual ODAC champ Hampden-Sydney at the end of October.

Payne, a defensive tackle, finished 14th in the league in tackles with 62 and was ninth in sacks with three.

Payne also had 5.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup.

Young, a cornerback, had 29 tackles, eight passes defensed and a second-best-in-league two blocked kicks this fall.

The second of his blocks, against Washington & Lee in the season finale, forced an overtime session in which the Hornets emerged from with a 21-14 victory.

Young’s eight passes defensed was good for third in the league.

Griffin anchored defensive line from his end position with 51 tackles (30 solo) and 3.5 sacks.

His 10 tackles for loss was good for eighth in the league.

Blackman, who like Mitchell moved from defensive back to outside linebacker at the start of the conference season, tied for 18th in the league with 58 total stops.

Blackman had two interceptions to finish tied for sixth in the league and he had 5.5 tackles for loss.

Umstead, a freshman, becomes the second SU punter in as many years to earn All-ODAC honors with his third team accolade. He had 30 punts for 35.5 yard average and saw six of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Men’s basketball

the Shenandoah men’s basketball game scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to weather concerns.

With snow in the Frostburg area and additional poor weather planned, the administrations at Frostburg and Shenandoah made a mutual decision to postpone Tuesday’s contest.

A decision on a rescheduled date will be announced at a later date.