FRISCO, Texas – HBU sophomore center Christian Hood and senior quarterback Bailey Zappe were selected to the Southland Conference Football All-Academic Team, as voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors, and academic advisors and announced by the league office Tuesday.
Hood started all four games at center and anchored the offensive line that paved the way for HBU’s explosive attack. The Marshall, Texas, native was a first-team all-conference selection and was key to the Huskies allowing only seven sacks in four games, three of which were against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents.
Zappe was the conference’s Fall Player of the Year, was a first-team all-conference selection, and was the most prolific quarterback in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), completing 141-of-215 passes for 1,833 yards, 15 touchdowns, and only one interception in four games. The Victoria, Texas, native averaged 458.25 passing yards per game, which would have eclipsed the FCS record of 455.7 yards per game by Mississippi Valley State’s Willie Totten in 1984, but will not stand due to minimum games played requirements. In a narrow 35-33 loss at Texas Tech, Zappe completed 30-of-49 passes for 567 yards and four touchdowns, recording the most passing yards by an FCS quarterback against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent in NCAA history and surpassing Baker Mayfield’s record for passing yards by a Texas Tech opponent.