Several Northeast Mississippi Community College alumni are set to play for championships as the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) postseason gets underway.
A total of four former Tigers will compete in conference title contests before turning their attention to potential bowl games later this month or in early January.
D’Jordan Strong headlines that group as part of a Coastal Carolina University squad that ran the tables to a perfect regular season with 11 wins, which is currently the most by any team in the entire country.
Strong and the Chanticleers host the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) championship game on Saturday, December 19. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Coastal Carolina, which appears at No. 12 in the latest College Football Playoff (CFP) ranking, captured the SBC Eastern Division crown during Strong’s inaugural campaign with the program.
The Batesville native is in a four-way tie with Derrick Canteen from Georgia Southern University, Shakur Brown of Michigan State University and Northwestern (Ill.) University’s Brandon Joseph for the most interceptions at the FBS level with five.
Strong has started in each contest so far for the Chanticleers at cornerback. He has accumulated 26 tackles, six pass break ups plus a forced fumble during Coastal Carolina’s season opening triumph at the University of Kansas.
He was an All-Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference (MACCC) first-team selection at Northeast one year ago. Strong sealed the Tigers’ home victory over Itawamba Community College that season with an interception as time expired.
The tandem of Isaiah Forte, Antonio Moultrie and Matthew Trehern helped the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) secure a third consecutive Conference USA (C-USA) West Division title.
The Blazers and their trio of Tigers travel north to battle Marshall (W.Va.) University on Friday, December 18 in the C-USA championship tilt. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
Trehern earned the start at right guard in all eight regular season games for UAB while Moultrie has started in all but one matchup at defensive tackle. Forte unfortunately has missed a majority of the campaign due to injury.
Moultrie is in a stalemate for the sixth most tackles for the Blazers with 24. He has tied a career-high with four stops during three separate outings, including most recently during UAB’s road win at Rice (Texas) University.
The Pensacola, Fla., product recorded 19 tackles during his only year donning a black-and-gold uniform in 2017. Moultrie added three tackles for loss plus one pass break up for Northeast.
Trehern, who hails from Saraland, Ala., received All-MACCC first-team honors in 2018 after starting at left tackle for the Tigers. Forte of Montgomery, Ala., registered 30 takedowns, 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack over two seasons at Northeast.