Local College Awards
Larry Ogunjobi #65
UNC at CHARLOTTE | DEFENSIVE LINEMAN
Named to the 2016 Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy, Larry Ogunjobi is the only 2-time Charlotte Touchdown Club Scholarship recipient from Charlotte 49ers football. The sole player to start every game in the 49ers four year history, Larry holds team records for career tackles (152), tackles for loss (35.3), sacks (10) and QB hurries (23). He ranks in Conference USA’s top five and NCAA top 25 in tackles for loss.
The son of Larry and Mercy Ogunjobi, Larry is a double major in computer science and biology with a GPA over 3.0. Ogunjobi has earned Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s List honors and has been named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll since 2014.
Larry was a key contributor to his Ragsdale High School back- to-back championship teams. He was named to the First Team All-Conference defense in both his junior and senior seasons.
Mike Sheehan #11
CATAWBA COLLEGE | QUARTERBACK
Mike Sheehan was a key contributor to the Indians offense before suffering a season ending ankle injury. He finished his career sixth all-time in passing yards and third all-time with career completion percentage.
In 2015, Sheehan was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team and became one of only two Catawba quarterbacks to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards. He was the top passing quarterback in the South Atlantic Conference, leading the league in efficiency, completion percentage, yards, touchdowns and total offense his sophomore year.
Mike, a native of Wilmington, NC was a standout out at Laney High School. A two-time all-conference and all-area performer, he helped the Buccaneers to the playoffs his final two seasons. Mike is a stellar student with a 3.97 GPA pursuing a double major in business and sports management. He is the son of Chris and Susan Sheehan
Zack Singleton #2
WINGATE UNIVERSITY | LINEBACKER
Zack Singleton is making up handedly for his 2015 season ending injury by being the lynchpin for Wingate’s nationally-ranked defense this year. Named a South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Singleton leads the Bulldogs with fumble recoveries and is third on the team for tackles with 37 this season, including a career-high 12 tackles against the defending SAC champions.
A stellar student with a 3.87 GPA, Zack is Wingate’s SAC Elite 18 nominee for having the top GPA in each of the league’s 18 sports. He has also been listed multiple times on the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
A two-time captain at South Stokes High, Singleton was the Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior. He recorded a school record 387 career total tackles, while on offense accumulating 1,000 career yards. He is the son of Debra Dinkins.
Ryan Leak #3
DAVIDSON COLLEGE | DEFENSIVE BACK
Ryan Leak has made an impressive impact at Davidson. Playing in every game his college career, including 18 starts, Leak has been integral in making the Wildcats competitive. Coach Nichols has said, “He is the most unbelievable kid you’ll ever meet in your entire life…He is a needle-in-a-haystack kind of kid.”
After eight games this season, Leak has registered 30 tackles, including 2.0 for a loss, one interception and six pass breakups. He has a career total of 124 tackles with 43 of those tackles recorded his freshman year.
Named All-Region and All-Conference at Scotland High School, Ryan was a part of the 2012 State Championship team. He was also an All-Conference basketball player and track athlete. Ryan excelled in the classroom as well, with National Honor Society and Beta Club honors and the state winner of “emerging business ideas” for Future Business Leaders of America. He is the nephew of Donald McKenzie.
Basir Wright #20
JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY | LINEBACKER / DEFENSIVE BACK
Basir Wright, a CIAA Defensive Back of the Week, was the JCSU leader in tackles this past season while playing in the defensive secondary. He finished with 77 tackles, 38 of which were solo stops and logged 2.5 tackles for loss including one sack. He also had two interceptions on the season, forced two fumbles and recovered one. His efforts helped JCSU finish the season with two straight wins.
As a freshman, Wright collected 10 tackles and had one pass breakup while playing on a senior-laden defensive unit.
The son of Sean and Yvette Wright, Basir currently holds a 3.9 GPA with a major in Business Administration.
Wright spent two years on the varsity team at New Manchester High School. He had a career 54 total tackles including 29 solo stops and one interception.
Chad Geter #38
GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY | OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
One of the most versatile linebackers in the nation, Chad Geter has been named to the 2016 Buck Buchanan Award Watch list. He has led two defenses to top 15 national finishes and has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 South Carolina Football Hall of Fame Collegiate Player of the Year. Chad currently leads the Big South Conference and is ranked 11th nationally with 106 total tackles.
A four-year starter for the Bulldogs, Geter is a multiple All-Big South Conference honoree who currently has 333 total tackles, 35.0 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in 46 career games.
A standout at both receiver and safety at Dutch Fork High school, Chad was a 4A-Division I All-State selection who played in the SCADA North/South All Star Game.
The son of Chante Coad, Geter graduated in May with a degree in Sports Management. He is currently enrolled in graduate school and is pursuing his MBA at Gardner-Webb.