Barnwell, a 6-1 fullback from Savannah, Ga., was named a first-team selection. A third-team All-MIAA pick this season, Barnwell led the Lions this season with 878 yards and finished second on the team with seven rushing touchdowns. He helped the Lions to lead the MIAA in rushing for the second-straight season as Southern had a 1,000 more yards than second-place Pittsburg State. Barnwell was sixth in the MIAA in rushing as the Lions also broke school records for rushing yardage (3,684) and rushing touchdowns (42), both of which were set last season. Southern also broke the single-season rushing attempts record with 597 on the season, besting the mark of 581 set last year.
Ridgway, a 5-10 linebacker from Danville, Ohio, was a third-team selection. He was a second-team All-MIAA selection this year after finishing fourth in the MIAA in sacks with 5.5. He led the team in tackles with 80, and had a team-high 9.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, as well as an interception, five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
The Lions finished the season with a 7-3 record this sesaon, including a win at Pittsburg State, the first win over the Gorillas since 1993 and the first in Pittsburg since 1983.