Ten make Phil Steele's mid-season list

Beyah, Lewis on first team

October 15, 2008 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Phil Steele has released his mid-season All-Sun Belt Conference teams, and 10 Blue Raiders appear on the list.

Freshman wide receiver Malcolm Beyah and sophomore guard Jamal Lewis were the only first team selections. Beyah owns 22 receptions at the halfway point of the season and leads the Blue Raiders with 429 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Lewis has started all six games at left guard.

Fellow lineman Mark Thompson was named to the second team offense, while sophomore Jeremy Kellem earned the same honor on defense. Thompson has started all six games at center and Kellem leads the Blue Raiders with 45 tackles.

The Blue Raiders placed six players on the third team with three coming on offense and three on defense.

Quarterback Joe Craddock, wide receiver Patrick Honeycutt, and kick returner Desmond Gee made the offensive list. Craddock has thrown for 1,369 yards and seven touchdowns, while Honeycutt leads the team with 28 receptions. Gee, who stands just 34 yards shy of becoming the all-time leader in kickoff return yards, is averaging 21.1 yards a return in 2008.

Defensively, end Emmanuel Perez, tackle Dwight Smith, and linebacker Danny Carmichael were recognized. Perez, a sophomore, is having a career year with 19 stops and 4.5 tackles for loss, as is Smith, with 17 stops and 4.5 tackles for loss. The steadiest of all the defensive players has been Carmichael who enters the Louisville game with 43 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

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