Shenandoah gets four all-state picks

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Shenandoah University had four football players earn all-state honors in selections announced Thursday by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID).

Senior linebacker Joe Lunsford headlines the group with his selection to the first-team defense, while classmate Mo Salih, junior Keone Kyle and sophomore Larry Gibbs were named second-team all-state.

Lunsford led a defensive unit with 53 solo and 91 total tackles. He was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week one time and had double-digit tackles in five of the team’s 10 games.

Salih caps his career with his third postseason honor this fall. A mainstay at defensive end, Salih had 32 solo and 55 total tackles in his second season as a starter. Included in that total were a team-leading 16 1/2 tackles for loss and 8 1/2 sacks.

Like Lunsford, Salih was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week one time.

Gibbs rounds out the defensive selections with his pick at defensive back. A safety, Gibbs led the USA South with a team-record-tying six interceptions and also made 51 total tackles.

In Week 1, Gibbs earned USA South Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after picking off a pass in the end zone in the Hornets’ 21-3 victory over Catholic.

Kyle, a transfer this season to Shenandoah, tore through competition for a school-record 1,157 yards on 243 carries. Kyle rushed for at least 100 yards in six of the nine games he played in and cracked 150 yards on five different occasions.

Shenandoah opens up its 2010 season with a home game against Catholic.