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7-in-Seven Countdown: Top 7 McNeese impact players


We are just two weeks away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown.

Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday.

We continue the countdown with the top seven McNeese impact players

7.  Defensive lineman Chris Livings

The Barbe alum had a great freshman year ranking second on his team in sacks. Livings recorded nine total tackles and appeared in 10 games.

He was third on the squad with six QB hurries. Heading into his sophomore season Livings is expected to do big things.

"His nickname is butter because his pass rushing moves are so slick, the way he gets by offensive tackles - it's really beautiful, Gross-Whitaker said.

He's a great guy. He's a hard worker, Gross-Whitaker added. Sometimes I'm just not feeling practice and I don't want to go out there, I'm just dreading it.

Next thing I know he's coming in my ear saying, "Come on Jam what are you doing, let's go," Gross-Whitaker said. "It's vice versa with him too. When he's

not in the game, I'm in his ear as well. We are a very good duo and good at working together."

6. Defensive lineman Jammerio Gross-Whitaker

Jammerio had a great junior season earning all-conference and all-Louisiana honors. He recorded 59 tackles last season. He had a career-high of 12

tackles against Louisiana- Lafayette. Jammerio is a leader on this team and most importantly on this defense.

"Hard worker blue-collar guy," Guidry said. "Probably his best pass rush move is on a first or second down when he converts from run to pass in their

plan actionings. A lot of times, he just outworks the offensive tackle. He gets sacks because he out works them," Guidry added.

"I feel like I can have a pretty good year," Gross-Whitaker said. "This whole D line that we have is going to be pretty good. Got a transfer from UAB

Christian Robertson, Chris Livings, Antonio Magee, Kurt Biggs, Marble. We got a lot of tools on the D line that can really be unleashed." 

5. Wide Receiver Darious Crawley 

Finishing the 2016 season, Crawley led the team with 41 catches for more than 701 yards and seven touchdowns. He was a starter in all 11 games

and caught at least one pass in every game. He had three 100-yard receiving games with a high of 137 on six catches and two touchdowns

against Stephen. F. Austin. Crawley averaged 17.1 yards per catch and rushed the ball seven times for 37 yards.

"Darious brings a very unique style of play,” James Tabary said. "Really good IQ of how to run his routes and get separation on routes. He brings a really

good amount of speed. He's a really shifty guy,” Tabary added.

"Very talented, loves to play in the games,” Lance Guidry said. "I think he's a guy when the lights come on he gets even better."

4. Wide Receiver Kent Shelby

Finishing the 2016 season, Shelby had 40 catches – the most in his career for one season. A season-high 8 catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns at

Sam Houston State. His season-best was 94 yards receiving on five catches and two scores vs. Stephen F. Austin. He ranked 8th on the school’s career list

with 11 TD catches, 17th with 80 career receptions and 18th with 1,285 career receiving yards.

“Shelby. My man. Dominant. He reminds me of a Dez Bryant, a little skinnier version of a Dez Bryant, would go up and get the ball,” James Tabary said. “A

huge competitor, he brings intensity to our offense. Sometimes if I can’t get the guys going then Kent will be the one that gets in everyone’s face and tries to

get everybody hyped up. He’s a very versatile player. When he catches the ball, he plays a big man. He doesn’t try and juke anybody,” Tabary added. “He

uses his body to get first downs and gain yardage.”

3. Defensive Back Dominique Hill

During the 2016 season, Hill missed the first six games due to a team suspension stemming from an incident at the end of the 2015 season. He

appeared in five games and made 21 tackles, 13 of those solos. Hill had four tackles for a loss and three pass breakups. He was also named preseason all-

SLC first team.

“He brings an extra level of being a savage out there on the field.  He’s a great tackler, great ball skills", Gross-Whitaker said. "When I look back and I see D

Hill right behind me I’m like “Let’s go, let’s get it”, Gross-Whitaker added. "Everybody can definitely feed off of him and what he does.” 

2. Safety Andre Fuller

Finishing the 2016 season, Fuller was second on the team with 58 total tackles. He intercepted one pass and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown for the

first score in a 38-13 win over Nicholls. Fuller had six pass breakups and his career-high was nine tackles in season finale against Lamar. He also had eight

stops at Sam Houston State and seven tackles each against ULL, Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana and Central Arkansas. Fuller was selected to the

Second Team All-Southland Conference in 2016.

"He is the quarterback on defense," Guidry said. "He Lines up correctly as a defense of unit and really all the calls go through him."

"He brings experience and knowledge to the secondary," Gross-Whitaker said. "He knows what he's doing back there. He's the one who's directing guys

telling them - do this, do that." "Making checks, he knows what he's doing." 

1. Quarterback James Tabary 

Finishing the 2016 season Tabary posted one of the greatest seasons in school history as a quarterback after he passed for 3,036 yards - the 2nd most in

school history, while setting new single-season school records for most completions (249) and pass attempts (415.) He also set a school record for most

300-yard passing games in a season (4) and tied a school mark with five TD passes in a game. He had 23 touchdown passes on the year and that ranks as

the 5th-most in school history. Tabary completed 29 passes on 43 attempts for a season-high 384 yards, ranking as the second-most in a game in school

history while the 29 completions ranks as the 3rd-most in a game. Tabary tied for 1st with four, 300-yard passing games; 8th with 249 pass

completions; 9th with 23 passing TDs; 10th with 415 pass attempts; 10th with3,036 passing yards; 17th with 2,973 total offensive yards. He was the 2016

SLC Newcomer of the Year, the 2016 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year and the 2016 R.L. Cline Sr. Team MVP. 

"Tabary tough, instinctive, competitor," Guidry said. "I think we were very lucky. You can go out looking for guys like that all you want when you're looking for

him you don't find them when you're not looking form they fall right in your lap. You know there's a saying  from a couple coaches that they feel like your

team is going to base around how tough your quarterback is in that UL game last year shows you how tough he was because he didn't want to come out of

the game," Guidry added. "I'll go to war with a guy like that anytime." 

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