UWA Athletics West Alabama had seven players voted by league coaches to the 2019 All-Gulf South Conference Football Team, five to the first team, according to an announcement by the league office today.
One of the first team honorees, Tiger center Call Dyer became just the second UWA player to earn all-conference accolades for four years. Dyer joins Ken Watson, a defensive back who played from 1985-88, as the only players in UWA history to be honored four times.
Offensive tackle Brandon Anderson and tight end Qua Boyd both earned a spot on the All-GSC first team for the third consecutive year. Punter Zach Gaines was a first team selection and is now a three-time all-conference performer. Receiver Bayley Blanchard rounded out UWA first team selections with his second all-league pick.
Receiver Christian Saulsberry and defensive end Jordan Jones were second-team selections. This is the second all-conference pick for both.
After redshirting in 2015, Dyer started 47 straight games to wrap up his UWA career while also earning all-region honors. Also an All-America and all-region selection, Anderson was a four-year starter for West Alabama. Both helped pave the way for record-breaking offensive numbers over the course of their careers.
Gaines ended his career owning the UWA career record in yards per punt at 40.70. An All-America and all-region choice as well, Gaines also ended his Tiger career as in the top three spots in other UWA punting categories and among GSC leaders.
Also an All-America and all-region choice, Boyd ended his Tiger career fifth on the all-time receiving list with 125 catches and seventh on the receiving yards list with 1,612. He had 30 catches for 390 yards and three touchdowns in 2019.
The only Tiger non-senior on the first team, Blanchard led the GSC in receiving this season with 53 catches, good for 697 yards and six touchdowns. Blanchard will enter his senior season eighth on the UWA career reception list with 110 for 802 yards.
A senior, Jones finished the season tied for seventh in the GSC with 65 total tackles, including 4.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, which was tied for second in the league. Jones finished his career with 43 tackles for loss, tying him for seventh all-time in GSC history.
A senior wide receiver, Saulsberry's 34 receptions was 11th in the league and his 580 yards seventh. With over 1,000 all-purpose yards in each of the last two years, Saulsberry finished his career with 86 receptions for 1,224 yards. His receiving yards leave him eighth on the Tiger career list.