LSWA 2023 College Football Team

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Written by the LSWA

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Heisman Trophy winner senior quarterback Jayden Daniels along with members of the 11-win Tulane Green Wave squad were among those capturing the top honors on the 2023 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana college football team.

The team was voted on by an LSWA panel of football media along with the sports communications/media relations staff members of the state colleges and universities. The nominations were submitted by each school and the only voting restriction was that the football communications staff member voting could not vote for their own nominees.

Daniels received every possible vote as both the first team quarterback and as Offensive Player of the Year after his season in which he picked up the majority of the sport’s major awards in 2023 including the Heisman, Unitas, Davey O’Brien and Walter Camp Awards as well as Player of the Year as selected by the Southeastern Conference and the Associated Press.

Willie Fritz was named the state’s top coach as he finished his coaching stint at Tulane being named the AAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season as the Green Wave won 11 games, marking the fifth time that a Tulane program has won 10 or more games in a season.

Tulane’s Patrick Jenkins, a first-team All-American on the defensive line, was named the state’s top defensive player, while the Green Wave’s star running back Makhi Hughes was the choice as freshman of the year as a stellar campaign.

Nicholls sophomore quarterback Pat McQuaide was named the state’s newcomer of the year for first-year non-freshman state players.

The voters also selected two 11-player teams on both offense and defense as well as a group of three specialists for each team (kicker, punter, return specialist).

Daniels led the nation in nearly every category dedicated to a quarterback for the Tigers, who will face Wisconsin in the Jan. 1 ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa. He became the only QB in FBS history to rush for 200 yards (234) and pass for 350 yards (372) in the same game against Florida. He finished the year with 3,812 passing yards and 1,134 rushing yards with 40 passing touchdowns and 50 total scores.

The senior from San Bernadino, California became the third Heisman Trophy winner in LSU Football history joining Billy Cannon (1959) and Joe Burrow (2019).

The defense’s top play, Jenkins was named a first-team All-American and AAC Defensive Player of the Year for the Green Wave. The junior from New Orleans had 32 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.

Jenkins also posted a forced fumble and fumble recovery for Tulane as his sack total was tied for fifth in the conference.

Hughes had a strong season at running back, rushing for 1,290 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry to earn the top freshman honors. The Birmingham, Alabama native earned freshman All-American honors and was named the AAC Rookie of the Year.

His conference leading rushing total included seven 100-yard rushing games, including a season-high of 166 against UTSA.

McQuaide, who came to Nicholls from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, earned newcomer honors in helping Nicholls to the FCS playoffs in 2023. The All-Southland selection threw for 2,196 yards and 13 touchdowns on the year with two 300-yard games.

The highlight of the season came in the final game of the regular season when the Solon, Ohio native threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns with a rushing score in the River Bell Classic win over Southeastern.

The Fritz era ended for Tulane with 54 total wins, the second-highest total in the program’s history and the undefeated record in league regular season play marked only the fourth time that the Green Wave went through a conference schedule unblemished.

The Green Wave concluded its 2023 season earlier this week in the Military Bowl.

Nine schools in the state had first-team selections (25 players including special team): Tulane 7, LSU 6, Nicholls and Louisiana Tech 3 each, Louisiana 2 and Southeastern, Grambling, Southern, and McNeese 1 each. 

LSWA All-Louisiana College Football

First Team Offense

Pos/Name, School/Class/Hometown/Notes

OL/Mark Barthelemy, Nicholls/Sr./Opelousas, La./SLC Offensive Lineman of Year

OL/Will Campbell, LSU/So./Monroe, La./First Team All-SEC

OL/Sincere Haynesworth, Tulane/Sr./Pearland, Texas/First Team All-AAC, HM CFN A-A

OL/Emery Jones, LSU/So./Baton Rouge, La./Second Team All-SEC

OL/Cameron Wire, Tulane/Sr./Gonzales, La./First Team All-AAC

TE/Neal Johnson, Louisiana/Sr./Mesquite, Texas/29 rec., 5 TDs, 3rd Team All-SBC

WR/Malik Nabers, LSU/Jr./Lafayette, La./86 rec., 1,546 yds, 14 TDs, First Team A-A

WR/Brian Thomas, LSU/Jr./Walker, La./60 rec., 1,079 yds, 15 TDs, Second Team All-SEC

RB/Collin Guggenheim, Nicholls/Jr./Kenner, La./833 yds, 11 TDs, All-SLC First Team

RB/Makhi Hughes, Tulane/Fr./Birmingham, Ala./1,290 yds, 7 TDs, Frosh A-A, AAC Rookie of Year

QB/Jayden Daniels, LSU/Sr./San Bernadino, Calif./3,812 pass, 1,134 rushing yds, 50 TDs, Heisman winner

First Team Defense

Pos/Name, School/Class/Hometown/Notes

DL/Sundiata Anderson, Grambling/Sr./College Park, Ga./60 tackles, 11.5 TFL, First Team All-SWAC

DL/CKelby Givens, Southern/So./Shreveport, La./61 tackles, 7 sacks, First Team All-SWAC

DL/Darius Hodges, Tulane/Jr./Montgomery, Ala./25 tackles, 7.5 sacks, HM A-A, First Team All-AAC

DL/Patrick Jenkins, Tulane/Jr./New Orleans, La./32 tackles, 5.5 sacks, First Team A-A, AAC POY

LB/Micah Davey, McNeese/So./Baton Rouge, La./153 tackles, 2.0 sacks, First Team All-SLC

LB/Jesus Machado, Tulane/Jr./Miami, Fla./98 tackles, 1 Int., HM A-A, AAC LB of Year

LB/Harold Perkins, LSU/So./New Orleans, La./71 tackles, 5.5 sacks, Second Team All-SEC

DB/Ian Conerly-Goodly, Southeastern/So./Covington, La./109 tackles, 1 Int., First Team All-SLC

DB/Tyler Morton, Nicholls/Jr./St. Rose, La./63 tackles, 4 Int., First Team All-SLC

DB/Lance Robinson, Tulane/Sr./New Orleans, La./39 tackles, 4 Int., HM A-A, AAC CB of Year

DB/Willie Roberts, Louisiana Tech/Sr./Fort Worth, Texas/38 tackles, 12 PBU, 1 int.

First Team Special Teams

Pos/Name, School/Class/Hometown/Notes

K/Kenneth Almendares, Louisiana/Jr./Clute, Texas/13-14 FGs, 46 Long, 46-47 PAT, T6 NCAA FG Pct.

P/Blake Ochsendorf, Louisiana Tech/Sr./Savage, Minn./45.7 average, 15th NCAA, 17 punts 50 or more

RS/Smoke Harris, Louisiana Tech/Sr., St. Francisville, La./283 PR yards, 1 TD, C-USA Leader



                Voting: Jenkins 17, Micah Davey (McNeese) 6, Logan Brimmer (La. Christian) 2; Willie Roberts (LA Tech) 2, Perkins (LSU) 1

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Makhi Hughes, Tulane

                Voting: Hughes 21, Michael Richard (LA Tech) 7

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Pat McQuaide, Nicholls

                Voting: McQuaide 11, Myles Heard (LA Tech) 9, Taevion Cunningham (La. Christian) 5, Shedro Louis (Tulane) 3

COACH OF THE YEAR: Willie Fritz, Tulane

                Voting: Fritz 14, Drew Maddox (La. Christian) 7, Tim Rebowe (Nicholls) 5, Brian Kelly (LSU) 2

Second Team Offense

Pos/Name, School/Class/Hometown/Notes

OL/John Allen, Southeastern/Sr./Jackson, Miss./First Team All-SLC

OL/AJ Gillie, Louisiana/Jr./Natchitoches, La./Third Team All-SBC

OL/Cole LeClair, McNeese/Jr./Middleburg, Fla./Second Team All-SLC

OL/Evan Roussel, Nicholls/Jr./Lutcher, La./First Team All-SLC

OL/Charles Turner, LSU/Sr./Canton, Ohio/Started all games at center

TE/Jacob Ganote, La. Christian/Sr./Montz, La./30 Rec (team leader), 4 TDs, First Team All-SAC

WR/Chris Brazzell II, Tulane/Fr./Midland, Texas/44 rec., 711 yds, 5 TDs, Third team All-AAC

WR/Smoke Harris, LA Tech/Sr./St. Francisville, La./83 rec., 796 yds, 4 TDs

RB/Devin Briscoe, La. Christian/989 yds, 9 TDs, First Team All-SAC

RB/Jaylon Spears, Nicholls/So./New Orleans, La./753 yds, 6 TDs, SLC POY

QB/Michael Pratt, Tulane/Jr./Boca Raton, Fla./2,406 yds passing, 27 total TDs, AAC Off. POY

Second Team Defensive

Pos/Name, School/Class/Hometown/Notes

DL/Logan Brimmer, La. Christian/Sr./Boutte, La./40 tackles, 9.0 sacks, SAC Defensive POY

DL/Devean Deal, Tulane/So./El Paso, Texas/40 tackles, 4.0 sacks, HM All-AAC

DL/Adin Huntington, ULM/Jr./Stafford, Va./63 tackles, 8.5 sacks, Second Team All-SBC

DL/Arlen Williams, Southeastern/Sr./Boothville, La./40 tackles, 6 sacks, First Team All-SLC

LB/Jeslord Boateng, LA Tech/Sr./Dublin, Ohio/93 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 sack

LB/Herman Christophe IV, Southeastern/Sr./Plaquemine, La./85 tackles, 4 TFL, First Team All-SLC

LB/Greg Penn, LSU/Jr./Baltimore, Md./83 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 int.

DB/Jordan Carter, Southern/Grad./Bryans Road, Maryland/63 tackles, 4 int, First Team All-SWAC

DB/Jarius Monroe, Tulane/Sr./LaPlace, La./48 tackles, 3 int, First Team All-AAC

DB/Kam Pedescleaux, Tulane/Sr./Houston, Texas/52 tackles, 2 int, AAC Safety of the Year

DB/Andre Sam, LSU/Sr./Iowa, La./74 tackles, 3 int

Second Team Special Teams

Pos/Name, School/Class/Hometown/Notes

K/Damian Ramos, LSU/So./Baltimore, Md./12-15 FGs, 72-72 PATs

P/Austin Dunlap, Southeastern/Sr./Slidell, La./43.9 avg., 13 punts 50 yds or more

RS/Darius Lewis, Southeastern/Jr./New Orleans, La./221 PR yardage, long 44, First Team All-SLC PR

Honorable Mention


OL – Rashad Green (Jr., Baton Rouge, La.), Tulane; Bert Hale (Jr., Epps, La.), LA Tech;

TE – Lee Negrotto (Jr., Pass Christian, Miss.), Nicholls


LB – Andre “Bubba” Reed (Sr., Basile, La.) La. Christian

DB – Pop McGhee (Jr., Opelousas, La.) La. Christian; Kendarius Smith (Jr., Meridian, Miss.) Nicholls

Special Teams

RS – Zylan Perry (Fr., Franklin, La.) Louisiana