The Northeast Mississippi Community College football program is once again well represented as Bowl Season signals the start of the holidays across America.
Six former Tigers extended their respective 2020 campaigns by one more game when their new teams agreed to participate in one of 28 NCAA sanctioned bowl contests.
Five of those Northeast alumni were scheduled to play on Saturday, December 26. However, the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl was cancelled and as a result three Tigers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) saw their seasons end prematurely.
The trio of Isaiah Forte, Antonio Moultrie and Matthew Trehern just captured the Conference USA (C-USA) championship with the Blazers. Moultrie and Trehern started at defensive tackle and right guard, respectively, in the win over Marshall (W.Va.) University.
Moultrie of Pensacola, Fla., set a new career-high with nine tackles in the C-USA title tilt. He accumulated 33 takedowns, two pass break ups and an interception as a junior at UAB.
Trehern, who hails from Saraland, Ala., earned the start on the offensive line in all nine games for the Blazers. Forte from Montgomery, Ala., made only one appearance this year due to injury.
Darius Shipp and Western Kentucky University play Georgia State University in the LendingTree Bowl at 2:30 p.m. while D’Jordan Strong and Coastal Carolina University meet Liberty (Va.) University at 6:30 p.m. in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. Both matchups will air on ESPN.
Southaven’s Shipp recorded nine tackles during his inaugural campaign with the Hilltoppers, including a season-best three takedowns in a victory versus the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
He was an All-Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference (MACCC) first-team selection one year ago after racking up 36 tackles and five sacks, which was tied for most among all Tigers.
Strong was recently recognized as the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Newcomer of the Year. He was also a first-team All-SBC honoree after posting five interceptions, which is currently tied for second most in the country.
The Batesville native had a pick-six as part of a two-interception performance against Appalachian State (N.C.) University. Strong added 26 tackles and six pass break ups during his junior campaign with the Chanticleers.
He was an All-MACCC first-team performer at Northeast in 2019. Strong tallied 24 stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss, 10 pass break ups and an interception as a sophomore.
Sam Williams wraps up the group of Tigers in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) postseason when the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) meets Indiana University in the Outback Bowl on Saturday, January 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on ABC.
The Montgomery, Ala., product has amassed 37 takedowns, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble for the Rebels during his senior year.
Williams won a litany of awards during his tenure in the City of Hospitality. He was the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Defensive Player of the Year, a first-team NJCAA All-American, NJCAA All-Region 23 and first-team All-MACCC in 2018.
He finished in a tie for first nationally with 17.5 sacks and was second in the country with 28.5 tackles for loss. Williams also registered 75 tackles, four forced fumbles and four pass break ups that season.