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As Reinhardt heads into its first-round NAIA tournament game Saturday, James Miller was named the top coach in the Mid-South Conference’s Appalachian Division.

Reinhardt football coach James Miller on Thursday was named the Appalachian Division Coach of the Year by the Mid-South Conference.

Miller led Reinhardt to a 9-2 regular-season record, with a 6-0 mark in the Appalachian Division. The Eagles will look to continue their success into postseason play as they host Keiser on Saturday to open the NAIA tournament.

It was Miller’s fifth straight award as the Appalachian Division’s top coach.

The Mid-South’s all-conference teams were also released Thursday, with defensive lineman Teon Burroughs and running back Devyn Collins headlining Reinhardt’s contingent. In total, the Eagles had 15 different players named to all-conference teams, with eight selections on each of the first and second units. Dylan Kelly was honored as the first-team return specialist and all-purpose offense player.

Two of the five players on the first-team offensive line were Reinhardt’s Jake Brock and John Cano. The Eagles’ offensive line was one of the nation’s best this season at run blocking, and it showed with the all-conference honors.

“Teon Burroughs made his fourth all-conference first team, and Jake Brock made his third all-conference first team at their positions,” Miller said in a release. “There is a lot of respect throughout the conference for those guys. I’m super proud of their efforts and hard work. It’s the third time for Billy Hall making the all-conference team. What a great career for that young man.”

Reinhardt had eight players on its defense named all-conference, led by Burroughs and linebacker Kenneth Lowery. The Eagles have allowed only 13.9 points per game during that their current seven-game winning streak, and 15.7 over the entire season.

Burroughs was second in the Appalachian Division with 6.5 sacks, trailing only Point’s Gabriel Jacon-Duffy (13). Burroughs was also Reinhardt’s leader with nine tackles for loss, and Lowery had six.

Collins and Hall also left a mark on the Appalachian Division. Collins was third with 764 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, with Hall following at 624 yards and 10 touchdowns.


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