One of state's best

Georgetown College tight end Shawn Gilliam tiptoes the sideline for a big gain in a Mid-South Conference football game with Campbellsville University last season. Gilliam is one of four Tigers named to the preseason All-Commonwealth team.

Four football players from Georgetown College, head coach Bill Cronin, and former Scott County High School standout Trey Binder of Campbellsville University will be among the players honored later this week as part of the annual All-Commonwealth Team.

A total of 32 football players from the Mid-South Conference were named to the squad, the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame recently announced.

Shawn Gilliam, J.J. Ogbogu, Ryan Woolf and Starr Thompson earned the distinction for Georgetown along with Cronin, who is being honored as coach of the year with Campbellsville’s Perry Thomas.

The Kentucky Collegiate All Commonwealth Team is a preseason recognition award for football players attending a Kentucky college or university.

This designation honors a select group of players whose leadership on the field and in the classroom has demonstrated the potential leadership needed to carry that success into the game of life. These nominated players represent some of the most outstanding athletes in the             commonwealth. 

The awards will be handed out in conjunction with the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame 2019 induction ceremony, which will take place at Lexington Opera House at 7 p.m. Friday

Cumberlands, Kentucky Christian, Lindsey Wilson, Pikeville, Thomas More and Union each joined Georgetown and Campbellsvile with four players on the All-Commonwealth roster.

Representing the Mid-South Conference are senior guard Binder, Marcus McCants, Garland Webb and Kendon Young of Campbellsville; Cumberlands' Weston Hayes, Jeremiah McKibben, Carter Nelson and Zalon Reynolds; Kentucky Christian's Austin Archey, Lewis Davalos, Caden Stephens and Quamari Tinsley; Lindsey Wilson's C.J. Dickerson, Jared Dougherty, Cameron Dukes and Damani Jenkins; Pikeville's Brandon Gibson, Willie McCloud, Chase Richardson and Xondre Willis; Thomas More's Mitchell Hogue, Dillon Powell, Jacob Stiens and Thomas Williams; and Union's Demonte Bell, Chandler Love, Justin Gardner and Jordan Mason.

Union and Thomas More are first-year members of the Mid-South Conference.

Gilliam, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound tight end from Ashland, caught 13 passes for 229 yards last fall. His four touchdowns tied for second on the team.

Ogbogu, a 6-2, 180-pound wide receiver out of Lexington, also caught four scoring tosses in a junior season shortened to six games by injury. He made 18 receptions for 404 yards, an average of 22.4 yards per catch that led the team.

Thompson, out of Crestwood’s South Oldham, made 50 tackles last season after picking up a pair of interceptions the previous year.

Woolf, who hails from Florence, was second on the team last season with 59 tackles.

Georgetown went 7-3 in 2018. The Tigers open this season Sept. 7 at Kentucky Christian.


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