River''s German garners Region 23, South Division MVP football honors

November 9, 2010 - 1:17pm -- braswell

POPLARVILLE Pearl River Community College quarterback Melvin German has been named Region 23''s Most Valuable Player and the MACJC South Division Most Valuable Back for the 2010 season, along with copping All-Region 23 and MACJC All-South Division honors. German, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound redshirt freshman from Fort Myers, Fla.; is joined on the All-Region and All-South team by 6-foot-1, 195-pound freshman wide receiver Steve McNair, Jr. Sophomore placekicker Travis Bradley, 5-foot-9, 180 pounds; and 6-foot-2, 210-pound freshman defensive back Marcus Jemison out of McAdory High School in Birmingham, Ala., were also named to the All-South Division first team. Three other Wildcat stars were named to the All-South Division second team in 6-foot-2, 230-pound redshirt freshman linebacker Quan Fletcher out of Kroc High in Miami, Fla.; 6-foot-3, 230-pound sophomore defensive end Daniel Hayden out of John Ehret High in New Orleans, La.; and 6-foot-4, 310-pound sophomore center Andrew Phillips of North Forrest High. German, who prepped at Dunbar High School, led the state and nation in passing during the 2010 season, throwing for 2,728 yards (303.1-yard per-game average) and 16 touchdowns. He completed 65 percent (240 of 369 attempts) with a mere six interceptions. Three of German picks came in the Wildcats final game of the season a 24-21 overtime win over Jones County in Ellisville. Melvin is going to go down as one of the very best quarterbacks to ever play here, said ninth-year PRCC head coach Tim Hatten. And he going to get better and better next season...just like he did this year. He an incredible talent. German also led the Wildcats in scoring with eight rushing touchdowns. McNair, the son of the late legendary Alcorn State and NFL quarterback Steve McNair, Sr.; finished first in the MACJC in receptions and second nationally. He finished his freshman campaign with 56 catches for 631 yards (second-best on the team), averaging 6.22 receptions and 70.11 yards a game. McNair also led the Wildcats in kickoff and punt returns, averaging 24.82 (11 returns) and 6.58 yards (12 returns), respectively. Jemison, who prepped at the same high school as the legendary Bo Jackson, was tied as the Wildcats second-best tackler in 2010, recording 49 solos and 25 assists. He had eight tackles for losses and broke up four passes during the year. In addition, Jemison also forced a team high three fumbles, while recording a quarterback sack and intercepting one pass. Bradley played in only six of The River nine games after suffering a high ankle sprain with the Wildcat soccer team. Despite that setback, he converted on 17 of 18 extra point attempts (94.4 percent) and was five for 10 in field goal attempts, including the 39-yard game-winner in OT in the season finale over JCJC. Bradley finished the year with 32 total points. Fletcher, a transfer from Marshall University, finished as Pearl River fourth-highest tackler with 28 solos and 41 assists, while recording six tackles for losses. Hayden, whose brother, Seth, was a standout running back on the Wildcats 2005 and 2006 squads; was the Wildcats leading tackler with 41 solos and 35 assists, including a team-high 16 tackles for losses. In addition, he recorded seven quarterback sacks this past year; finishing his PRCC career with a school record 17 total (10 in 2009). Hayden also forced a fumble. Phillips is one of the most heralded O-line players in the state and graded high in every game he started for PRCC. Pearl River finished the 2010 season at 6-3 overall and in a three-way tie with Copiah-Lincoln and Mississippi Gulf Coast for first place in the South Division at 5-1, but missed the post-season playoffs via a tie-breaker based on overall record.

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