|The 2001 Offensive Player of the Year honors goes to
Rashad Armstrong of Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. Armstrong
is a 5'9" 205 pound running back from Miami, Florida. As a high
school senior at Hileah-Lakes High School, Armstrong was a first team
All-Dade County selection, as well as all-state in Florida.
Injuries limited Armstrong during his first season at Mesa CC, allowing him to only participate in five (5) games, rushing for 405 yards. Armstrong exploded onto the NJCAA football scene in 2001, rushing for 205 yards in the first game of the season against Phoenix College. For the 2001 season, Armstrong gained 1,373 yards on 221 carries over the course of ten games. This season total broke a 31 year old rushing record at Mesa CC, previously held by Jimmy Smith. Armstrong gained an additional 260 yards in pass receiving, giving him 1,633 yards in total offense to go with 16 touchdowns.
During the 2001 season, Mesa CC finished with a 5-5 record, four of the five losses incurred by Mesa in the 2001 season were by one touchdown or less. Rashad is presently majoring in sociology and has a desire to go into social work after college. Currently, Rashad Armstrong is considering offers from Ohio State, Auburn, Oregon, USC, Clemson, Oklahoma and Florida for the 2002-2003 academic year.
The NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year honors go to Randy Jackson of Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, Georgia. Jackson is a 6'4" 275 pound defensive end from Lancaster, SC. During the 2001 NJCAA football season, Jackson captured Player of the Year honors in Region XVII, and was a first team All-American for the NJCAA.
Jackson Played extensively as a freshman for the Bulldogs in the 2001 season, finishing the year with 33 tackles, including 7 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 4 quarterback pressures. During the 2001 season, Jackson registered 41 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4 sacks and 10 quarterback pressures.
During the two year period that Jackson played for Georgia Military College, the program had a two year record of 18-3, including an 11-0 season in 2001, finishing as NJCAA National Champion. Jackson sealed Georgia Military's national championship season by returning an interception 43 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Sea Island Company Golden Isles Bowl Classic, a 31-19 victory over Butler County CC, KS. Jackson has verbally committed to participate at Clemson University next season.
NJCAA Players of the Year: Armstrong & Jackson
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