The Citadel's Delaney, Jeter Earn Third All-America Recognitions
CHARLESTON, SC - Dee Delaney and Mitchell Jeter were named second-team All-Americans by the Associated Press, it was announced Wednesday.
The honors are the third All-America recognitions for both Bulldogs. Jeter has also been named a first-team All-American by College Sports Madness and a third-team All-American by STATS, while Delaney was a first-team STATS All-American and second-team selection by College Sports Madness.
Delaney started all 13 games at cornerback and registered 46 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, five interceptions, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. The sophomore from Seabrook, South Carolina, was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection. His interception total led the SoCon, tied for eighth in FCS, and tied for sixth on The Citadel's single-season list. His 13 passes defended also tied for sixth on the program's single-season list. He led the Southern Conference in total passes defended and in passes defended in conference play with nine. Delaney has seven interceptions in his career and already is tied for ninth on The Citadel's all-time career list.
Jeter was a constant presence in opponents' backfields all season. The Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year started all 13 games this season and collected 45 tackles, including 12.0 for loss with 8.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery. His sack total is the fourth-highest single-season output in program history. Jeter ranked second in the SoCon and 28th in FCS with an average of 0.65 sacks per game and tied for the conference lead with an average of 0.93 sacks in conference games, including 3.0 at Samford, the Bulldogs' most against an FCS opponent since 2005 and tied for the highest single-game total in the SoCon this season. The senior from Rock Hill, South Carolina, ranks second on The Citadel's all-time career sacks list with 20.0 and is sixth in school history with 32.0 career tackles for loss.
The Citadel's two All-Americans tied Chattanooga for the most in the Southern Conference. The Bulldogs are one of 16 teams nationally with multiple AP All-Americans.