The Silent Warriors have six players named to the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletics Association’s All-American team, which was released earlier this month. ASD head coach Paul Kulick was also named Coach of the Year for leading the Silent Warriors to a 7-2 record.
DeafSports Digest also releases an All-American Team and four players from ASD were featured there, including Player of the Year Demetric Snider. The junior fullback/linebacker was also named to the NDIAA’s first team.
“(Demetric is) a tremendous hitter, runs very well to the ball and swallows the ball carrier or blows up,” Kulick said. “He’s an impact defensive player. He can play in space or between the tackles. He’s quick with good feet and hips and could play safety as well as he has a great knack for pursuit angles and attacks from the inside out.
“The same abilities make him a terrific running back prospect too.”
Snider rushed for 746 yards and 12 touchdowns on 111 carries. He also had 12 catches for 122 yards. Defensively, Snider recorded 45 solo tackles and 36 assists. He has five sacks, 11 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Also named to both teams were Joshua Eatmon, Tyler Perry and Lorenzo Burrow.
Eatmon, a junior corner, earned first team honors from both organizations.
“You have to love his willingness to throw his body into ball carriers and play physical at his size,” Kulick said. “He is tough, has heart, terrific feet and hips, very good speed and quickness.”
Eatmon raced up 44 solo tackles and had nine quarterback sacks. He also forced six fumbles and recovered two.
Perry and Burrow both received first team recognition from DeafSports and second team honors from NDIAA.
“(Perry) is an athlete,” Kulick said. “He’s tough, physical and versatile. Lorenzo was one of our most consistent players on the offensive line. He plays linebacker too. He’s an impact player. He can get into coverage and is a good blitzer.”
Perry, a senior safety, recorded 27 tackles, a quarterback sack and forced three fumbles. Burrow had 47 tackles, a quarterback sack and a forced fumble.
Anthony Jones-Robinson, a junior running back/defensive end, was named to the first team for NDIAA.
“(Anthony is) an exciting player that can make plays out of nothing,” Kulick said. “He has a good burst, can change direction, has vision and is a good cut-back runner. He runs well and can outrun most pursuit angles.”
Robinson rushed for 540 yards on 36 carries. He also had eight touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 44 tackles, nine quarterback sacks and six forced fumbles.
Kadarius Slaughter earned second team honors from NDIAA. The junior quarterback/corner rushed for 592 yards on 61 carries. He completed 4 of 6 passes for 98 yards. He had nine touchdowns. Defensively, Slaughter had 17 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception.
“Kadarius is an athlete,” Kulick said. “He is tough, physical, versatile, and shows patience then has ability to explode through the hole. “He can catch the ball from the punter and make people miss in the open field.”
Kulick said all of the players were deserving of the national honors.
“They are very good student athletes at our school,” Kulick said. “I am very proud of them.”