- Feature Story
- Eric Richey
- January 29, 2018 - 4:38pm
Simply put, St. James senior defensive tackle Jason Dumas was a blocking nightmare in 2017. The subject of a season's worth of double-teams, Dumas managed to fill gaps, make tackles and register sacks. Now you can add Riverparishfootball.com Defensive Player of the Year to his long list of achievements.
"This award means that hard work pays off," said Dumas after receiving the award outside the St. James fieldhouse Monday afternoon.
The double-teams may have kept his tackle total to 48, but an astonishing 22 of those were tackles for loss, including seven sacks, and five forced fumbles.
"We're very proud of him, he earned it and deserves it," said St. James coach Robert Valdez. "Jason is a relentless worker. The intensity, the way he plays the game is something I wanted to build around when I got here."
Dumas announced over the weekend he would be continuing his playing days at Prairie View A&M. The Panthers will be led by former Grambling offensive coordinator Eric Dooley, who was named the Prairie View A&M head coach in December.
"I just want to (help) turn around the program because they've been down for a little while. It's a very nice school and the football team is on the rise with Coach Dooley and I believe in his model. They run the same defense that we ran in high school and I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the coaching staff - just the people around there felt like home. It felt like family over there," said Dumas.
St. James Parish Hospital Marketing Director Kassie Roussel made the presentation.
"It's such an honor for St. James Parish Hospital to support sports in our community," said Roussel. "We hope that the healthy habits students learn help them to be active well into adulthood."
Previous winners of RPF.com Defensive Player of the Year:
2010- Jarvis Landry DB/LB Lutcher
2011- Taylor Cochran DT St. Charles
2012- Luke Jackson DE St. Charles
2013- Rae Juan Marbley LB East St. John
2014- Ahmani Martin LB East St. John
2014- Sully Laiche DT Lutcher
2015- Sully Laiche DT Lutcher
2015- Evan Veron LB Riverside
2016- Myles Meyer DT East St. John
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