Slaughter, Holbert on All-SWAC squad

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 29, 1999

Alcorn State senior offensive tackle Chad Slaughter and sophomore tight end Marcus Holbert were named to the 1999 All-Southwestern Athletic Conference Football Team.

Slaughter is a 6-foot-7, 317-pounder from Dallas, Texas.

Holbert is a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Morton.

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Slaughter was a preseason selection who helped lead an Alcorn offense which averaged 366 yards a game, 248.5 through the air.

Holbert caught 14 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 17.8 yards a catch.

Holbert had five receptions against Grambling, totaling 80 yards in his best performance of the year.

Mississippi Valley State running back Corey Holmes (5-8, 195) was named offensive player of the year after the junior rushed for a league best 1,692 yards on 333 carries. Holmes scored 11 touchdowns.

&uot;I worked hard all season,&uot; Holmes said. &uot;I had my mind set on winning rather than receiving individual honors. I’m happy to receive it, however.&uot;

Jackson State junior linebacker Tommie Head (6-1, 210) was named defensive player of the year in the conference.

Head finished with 94 tackles, 60 of which were solo stops. He added five sacks in his first year as a starter.

&uot;Tommie’s a mild mannered person – that’s why we call him Clark Kent,&uot; said Jackson State interim head football coach Robert Hughes.

The coach of the year will be the winner of the first SWAC&160;championship game, to be played Dec. 11 in Birmingham between Jackson State and Southern.

Southern is coached by Pete Richardson.