(STATS) - Coastal Carolina failed to win at least a share of the Big South title for the first time since 2011, but for a third straight season it has the conference's top offensive player.
De'Angelo Henderson was named the Big South's offensive player of the year in what was hardly a surprise for a running back who holds the FCS record for consecutive games with a touchdown at 25. He joins current teammate Alex Ross - the conference's first-team all-conference quarterback - and former Chanticleer tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro in giving Coastal Carolina the league's best offensive weapon for a third consecutive year. Henderson, who ran for 1,245 yards and 15 touchdowns, earned 16 of 21 first-place votes.
Liberty produced the defensive player of the year for the first time in defensive end Chima Uzowihe, the Big South's all-time sacks leader with 25. The senior, who leads the conference in tackles for loss (17) and sacks (8), is the first defensive lineman to win the conference award since Gardner-Webb's Brian Johnston in 2007. Uzowihe got six first-place votes, edging out Presbyterian's Ed Britt, Charleston Southern's Anthony Ellis and preseason defensive player of the year O.J. Mau of Gardner-Webb.