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Winn named First Team All-GAC punter; four other Wonder Boys honored


RUSSELLVILLE —- The Great American Conference announced its annual postseason all-conference and superlative awards for football on Wednesday and in the release, five Arkansas Tech football players were honored.
Headlining the Tech contingent was punter Aaron Winn as he was named First Team All-GAC at punter. A pair of Wonder Boys landed on the Second Team All-GAC at their respective positions with both coming on the offensive side of the ball. Jordan Edington was placed there as a fullback and Caleb Tanis slotted in as a wide receiver.
On the defensive side, the Wonder Boys had a duo along the defensive line that earned all-conference acclaim as honorable mention selections. Making that list were Braxton Johnson and Vershaud Richardson.
Four of the five All-GAC honorees for the Wonder Boys are first-time recipients as Edington was named a second team full back last season as well.
Winn's First Team acclaim came as a result of the senior having his best season in the Green and Gold. Called up to punt 42 times throughout the season, Winn would total 1,892 yards for an average of 45.1 yards per punt. His yards per punt average currently leads the GAC and is the top mark in all of NCAA Division II.
Additionally, out of his 42 punts, 12 traveled 50 or more yards while his long was a boot of 63 yards. Only three of his punts went into the endzone for touchbacks while 14 were pinned inside the 20-yardline.
Edington's second-straight Second Team All-GAC honor came as the Little Rock native was once more an effective short-yardage back. He would lead the team and ranked in a tie for 12th in the GAC in rushing TDs with six. It was the third-straight season that Edington has had at least five rushing TDs in a season.
Tanis' first year as a Wonder Boy showed signs of being an impact player on the outside at receiver. The junior transfer would lead the team in receptions with 48, receiving yards with 533 and TDs with six.
Between Johnson and Richardson, the duo combined for 105 total tackles, 24.0 tackles for lost yardage, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
From the defensive end position, Richardson would total 55 tackles. Of those 16.0 were for lost yardage and 10.5 of those came as QB sacks. Both his TFL and sack numbers were second in the GAC and ranked in the top-30 in all DII. His 10.5 sacks were the fourth-highest total in Tech history.
At the defensive tackle position, Johnson racked up 50 stops total with 8.0 coming as a loss. He would have a fumble forced and a recovery as well.
2023 All-GAC (Aaron Winn)
2023 All-GAC (Jordan Edington)
2023 All-GAC (Caleb Tanis)
2023 All-GAC (Braxton Johnson)
2023 All-GAC (Vershaud Richardson)