Here’s a sign that Furman’s football program is on the ascent.

The 6-5 Paladins placed five players on the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team voted on by league head coaches.

Furman had more players voted to the squad than any other SoCon school.

The five picks were wide receiver Joshua Harris, quarterback Jace Wilson, offensive tackle Dylan Davis, cornerback Dominic Morris and defensive lineman Bryce Stanfield.


The five all-freshman selections were among 12 Paladins to earn all-conference recognition that included 1st-team picks, offensive tackle Anderson Tomlin and tight end Ryan Miller, and 2nd-team honorees, offensive tackle Pearson Toomey, defensive linemen Adrian Hope and Parker Stokes, cornerback Travis Blackshear and punter Timmy Bleekrode.

Blackshear, who has played three years at Furman and has two remaining years of eligibility, has entered the NCAA transfer protocol.


Tierra Hodges, who averaged 15.5 points and 13 rebounds in two games, was named SoCon women’s basketball Player of the Week.

The 5-9 senior forward from Covington, Ga., helped Furman win over Converse (101-58) and UNC Asheville (64-49).  She converted 11-of-24 shots from the field (.458) and 9-of-10 free throws (.900), while also contributing 5 assists and 4 steals for the Paladins.

Furman (4-1) plays at California on Friday in the opening round of the Cal Raising The B.A.R. Invitational in Berkeley.  Tipoff is 4:00 p.m. ET.

The Paladins face face either San Diego State or Ole Miss on Saturday, depending on Friday results.