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Maryland WR Diggs receives preseason All-America recognition from SI

Posted on 13 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sports Illustrated has named Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs to its 2014 Preseason All-America Team, the publication announced Tuesday. SI selected Diggs as a second team returner on special teams.

It is the third All-America team Diggs has been named to this preseason. The junior wide out also earned a spot on the Athlon Sports and Phil Steele All-America teams.

Last season, Diggs finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

To see the full All-America team, visit si.com.

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Four Towson football players receive preseason All-America recognition

Posted on 02 July 2014 by WNST Staff

LEESBURG, Va. – Beyond Sports Network released its Preseason FCS All-America team this week and several Tigers were honored. Fullback Emmanuel Holder and defensive end Ryan Delaire were named to the first team, while cornerback Tye Smith and safety Christian Carpenter were honored with spots on the third team.

The 2014 Preseason All-America Football Team was chosen based on returning All Americans from the 2013 BSN All-America Football Team, highest vote recipients in the 2013 BSN All American voting, statistics and game evaluations.

Holder was named first team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2013 and earned second team All-America honors from The Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network. He started 13 of 16 games and had 16 receptions for 172 yards with three touchdowns. Holder caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in Towson’s victory over New Hampshire and had a five-yard TD catch against Delaware. Holder also had a one-yard touchdown reception to help lead the Tigers to a win at Eastern Washington in the semifinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Delaire was named as a third team All-American by College Sports Madness and by Beyond Sports Network in 2013. He earned a spot on the All-CAA first team after leading the league in total tackles for a loss, total sacks and in fumbles recovered. Delaire started all 15 games that he played and made 68 tackles, including 43 solo – fifth-most on the team. He also had 17.5 tackles for a loss (86 yards) to lead the team. He had four tackles and two sacks at North Carolina Central and made eight tackles with two sacks at William & Mary. Delaire made two tackles and had one QB hurry against North Dakota State in the FCS National Championship game.

Smith was named second team All-CAA during his junior campaign. He ranked eighth in the league in passes defended (14) and third on the team with 103 tackles. Smith started 15 of 16 games and recorded 4.5 tackles for a loss. He had one sack, two interceptions, recorded 12 pass breakups and forced two fumbles and recovered one.

Carpenter was named first team All-CAA as a free safety last year after tying for sixth in the CAA in interceptions and 10th in fumbles recovered. He had an interception and a 34-yard return for a touchdown at Richmond and made a career-high 13 tackles against Villanova. Carpenter made six tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over James Madison. He made nine tackles and recorded an interception in the win at Eastern Washington. Carpenter’s interception clinched the win over the Eagles with three seconds left.

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Maryland WR Diggs gets preseason All-America recognition

Posted on 23 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been to Athlon Sports 2014 preseason All-America team, the publication announced on Monday.

Diggs, who was named a first-team member of Athlon’s All-Big Ten team, earned second team All-American honors as an all-purpose performer.

Last season, Diggs finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

To see the full All-America team, visit athlonsports.com.

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Loyola defender Fletcher named Academic All-American

Posted on 05 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher Named To Capital One Academic All-America Team

BALTIMORE – Joe Fletcher added another Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse first to his resume today, becoming the first student-athlete in program history to earn Capital One Academic All-America® presented by CoSIDA honors when he was named to the At-Large second team.

The defender wrapped up his tenure at Loyola last month by graduating with a bachelor of business administration in accounting degree, posting a perfect 4.0 grade point average in his final semester to finish with a 3.835 mark in his college classwork.

Fletcher was one of 15 student-athletes selected to the At-Large second team and one of four lacrosse players overall selected to the three teams. Syracuse University’s Kevin Rice joined him on the second team, while Villanova University’s John LoCascio and Duke University’s Jordan Wolf were members of the third team.

The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; and bowling, rowing and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.

Last month, Fletcher became he first player in school history to earn a positional player of the year award from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association; he was named the 2014 recipient of the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s top defender.

A three-time USILA All-American and two-time member of the first team, Fletcher was also one of five finalists for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player. He was just the second close defenseman to be among the five finalists in the 14-year history of the honor.

He was the consensus top defender throughout the season and was equally good as a lockdown cover defender and groundball player. He led all NCAA Division I players in ground balls per game (4.71) and total ground balls (80). He also caused a career-high 31 turnovers. In 17 games this season, the players Fletcher had primary marking responsibilities for scored just 19 goals, several coming when he was already out of the game late in contests.

Fletcher is a member of the 30-man United States Men’s Lacrosse National Team from which the roster for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships will be chosen. He was the only collegiate player on that list, and he was the lone current collegian in the 52-man training pool.

As good as he has been on the field for the Greyhounds, Fletcher has been equally outstanding in the classroom and community. He was named the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Scholar All-American, and he will start a job this summer for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

In April, Fletcher received Loyola’s John R. Mohler Award as the athletic department’s top male senior student-athlete. He was a member of Loyola’s Green & Grey Society, a group of 14 student leaders who meet regularly and serve as liaisons to the University’s president, administration and board of trustees. Fletcher served as the co-president of Loyola’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as well, in 2013-2014.In addition to his academic and All-America honors, Fletcher was also named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Patriot League First Team, and he was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, as well.

He earned five Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors throughout the year, something that has never been done in conference history.

Over the course of his career, Fletcher collected 191 ground balls and caused 76 turnovers. His caused turnover total is third-most all-time at Loyola and the most by a close defender.

Prior to the season, he was the third-overall draft pick in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft by the New York Lizards. He made his professional debut in May and promptly won Warrior Defensive Player of the Week honors after his first game.

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Five Loyola lacrosse players earn USILA All-America honors

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Five Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Players Earn USILA All-America Honors

BALTIMORE – Joe Fletcher became Loyola University Maryland’s first men’s lacrosse player to earn U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America First Team honors in back-to-back years since 1998-99 on Thursday, and the senior close defender was joined on the All-America teams by four of his Greyhounds teammates.

Senior short-stick midfielder Pat Laconi, senior goalkeeper Jack Runkel and senior attacker Justin Ward all were named to the Second Team, and junior attacker Nikko Pontrello earned Honorable Mention.

Fletcher is the first player to be a repeat First Team All-American at Loyola since midfielder Mark Frye accomplished the honor in 1998 and 1999. It is also the first time in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982) that the Greyhounds have placed four players on the first and second teams. The only other time in program history that happened was in 1981 when four were named to the First Team.

Fletcher is also one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award as the nation’s top player; with that recognition, he became just the second player in the 14-year history of the award to be named a finalist as a close defender. He leads all close defensemen nationally in ground balls (80) and ground balls per game (4.71), and he also set a career-high with 31 caused turnovers.

The All-America honors add to an already crowded shelf of awards Fletcher has earned this year. He was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, to the Capital One Academic All-District I At Large Team and to the USILA Scholar All-America Team.

He played in all 65 games that Loyola has played the last four years, starting 53. In those contests, he picked up 191 ground balls and caused 76 turnovers, the third-most in school history and most by a Greyhounds close defenseman. Additionally, Fletcher was whistled for just five penalties and only two of the one-minute variety over his time on the field.

Laconi solidified his reputation as one of the top cover short-stick defensive midfielders and transition players this year, posting career-highs in goals (11), ground balls (31) and caused turnovers (34). The only short-stick defensive midfielder to be named to the First or Second Team this season, he 34 caused turnovers and 2.0 per game mark rank eighth nationally and tops amongst all non-pole defenders in Division I.

He also more than doubled his goal-scoring total from his first three seasons at Loyola (five) this year. An All-Patriot League First Team performer and USILA Scholar All-American, Laconi played in all 65 games for Loyola over the last four seasons and finished with 89 ground balls, 75 caused turnovers, 16 goals and 12 assists. His caused turnover total is the most by a Loyola short-stick player and fourth-most in school history.

Runkel saved his best collegiate season for his senior year, as he posted excellent performances between the pipes. The Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year is third in NCAA Division I in goals against average (7.20) and saves percentage (.611) while making a career-high 181 saves in the cage.

The first Loyola goalkeeper to earn First or Second Team All-America honors since Tim McGeeney was recognized on the Second Team in 1995, Runkel posted 10 or more saves on 10 occasions this year and had a season-high of 19 against the U.S. Military Academy. Runkel was named the Patriot League Championships Most Valuable Player after stopping 27 shots in the two games, 15 in the title game against Lehigh University. Over his four years at Loyola, three as a starter, Runkel compiled a 42-7 record as the goalkeeper of record for the Greyhounds. He had a goals against average of 7.71 and a .569 career save percentage.

Ward was a three-year starter on attack as the Greyhounds’ offensive quarterback, and he has his most statistically productive season in 2014. He shattered Loyola’s Division I single-season and career records for assists this year, passing out 53 assists to better the 1994 mark of 38 by Sean Heffernan. An Honorable Mention All-American in 2013, Ward also tied Eric Lusby’s 2012 record for points in a season, totaling 71 this year. His 3.12 assists per game this year rank second in Division I.

His career assist total finished at 120, breaking the school Division I mark by 36. He eclipsed the total of 84 that Jim Blanding recorded from 1989-92. This year, Ward was the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and USILA Scholar All-American after recording two or more assists in 16 of Loyola’s 17 games. He tallied three or more for a 12-game stretch, as well during the year.

Pontrello burst into the nation’s lacrosse consciousness with one of the top goal-scoring seasons in school history. After scoring 20 goals in his first two seasons at Loyola, he finished with 51 this year, the third-most in school single-season history. He also had 12 assists for a total of 63 points, the sixth-most in school single-season history, and his 3.0 goals per game this season rank fifth nationally.

After scoring a combined five goals in the Greyhounds’ first two games of the season at the University of Virginia and Penn State University, Pontrello combined for 19 in a four-game stretch that included five in a 14-7 win over Duke University. An All-Patriot League First Team honoree, he scored two or more goals in Loyola’s first 10 games of the year, had multiple goals in 15-of-17 outings and at least one goal in 16 contests.

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Two Towson football players pick up freshman All-America honors

Posted on 18 January 2014 by WNST Staff

VICTOR, DESSENBERG NAMED TO CSJ FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Tiger Freshmen Led Towson To National Championship Game

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Running back Darius Victor (Northwestern H.S./Hyattsville, Md.) and wide receiver Andre Dessenberg (Green Lakes H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) of the Towson University football team have been named to The College Sports Journal’s Freshman All-America team.

Victor and Dessenberg helped the Tigers post the best season in program history. The Tigers, who compiled a 13-3 record, reached the NCAA FCS championship game where they lost to North Dakota State. Towson was ranked second in the nation in the final polls.

Wide receiver Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington University was named as the winner of the third annual College Sports Journal FCS All-Freshman team player of the year. He joins running back Terrance West of Towson (2011) and the duo of Villanova quarterback John Robertson (2012) and Appalachian State wide receiver Sean Price (2012) as winners of CSJ’s top freshman award.

Victor earned first team Freshman All-America notice while Dessenberg was a second team selection.

Named as the winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Freshman of the Year award, Victor helped the Tigers was the team’s second-leading rusher. He ran for 629 yards on 98 carries and led the CAA by averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He also caught five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

In the Tigers’ post-season run to the NCAA FCS championship game, Victor rushed for 219 yards on 33 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 52 yards and scored a touchdown.

Dessenberg appeared in 15 games and started four times. He caught 18 passes for 305 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 16.9 yards per catch, second on the team.

He was even more effective in the post-season. With injuries depleting the Tigers’ ranks, he stepped up and led the Tigers’ receivers with 13 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown. He caught a 46-yard touchdown pass in Towson’s win over Fordham in the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Overall, the Southern Conference led all leagues with 11 selections.

About College Sports Journal

The College Sports Journal was the first major news organization to begin recognizing an All-Freshman team at the FCS level.

The All-Freshman team was selected by a blue ribbon panel of FCS experts put together by College Sports Journal executive editor David Coulson and CSJ publisher and managing editor Chuck Burton.

2013 College Sports Journal Football Championship Subdivision All-Freshman Team

Freshman of the Year:                                 Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Wide Receiver

First-Team Offense

Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State, Quarterback

R. J. Noel, Sacred Heart, Quarterback

Marcus Cox, Running Back, Appalachian State

Martin Ruiz, Running Back, Youngstown State

Darius Victor, All-Purpose Back, Towson

Drew Potter, Fullback, South Dakota

Riley Donovan, Wide Receiver, South Dakota

Karel Hamilton, Wide Receiver, Samford

Barrett Burns, Tight End, Appalachian State

Jimmy Lowery, Tackle, Eastern Illinois

Anton Wahrby, Tackle, Wofford

Matt Fisher, Guard Cal Poly

Jacob Julian, Guard, Northern Arizona

Tad McNeely, Center, New Hampshire

 

First-Team Defense

Javancy Jones, Defensive End, Jackson State

JeMarcus Marshall, Defensive End, Northwestern State

Austin Black, Defensive Tackle, Southeast Missouri State

Robert Torgerson, Defensive Tackle, Southern Utah

John Law, Linebacker, Appalachian State

Christophe Mulumba, Linebacker, Maine

James Rentz, Linebacker, Sacred Heart

Gage Steele, Linebacker, James Madison

Michael Jones, Cornerback, North Carolina Central

Foyesade Oluokun, Cornerback, Yale

Trey Robinson, Safety, Furman

Jameel Smith, Safety, Youngstown State

 

First-Team Special Teams

Anthony Prevost, Place Kicker, Hampton

Bentley Critcher, Punter, Appalachian State

Jatavious Wilson, Kickoff Returner, Central Arkansas

Anthony Warrum, Punt Returner, Illinois State

Chandler Dowell, Long Snapper, Southern Utah

 

Second-Team Offense

Drew Reed, Quarterback, Lafayette

John Russ, Quarterback, Mercer

Tarik Cohen, Running Back, North Carolina A&T

C.J. Williams, Running Back, Bucknell

Kade Harrington, All-Purpose Back, Lamar

Josh Barge, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville State

Devin Borders, Wide Receiver, Eastern Kentucky

Andre Dessenberg, Wide Receiver, Towson

Eric Saubert, Tight End, Drake

JP Flynn, Tackle, Montana State

Javarius Leamon, Tackle, South Carolina State

Jessamen Dunker, Guard, Tennessee State

Corey Levin, Guard, Chattanooga

Aubrey Beal, Bryant, Center

 

Second-Team Defense

Boston Bryant, Defensive End, Wofford

Samson Ebukam, Defensive End, Eastern Washington

Winston Craig, Defensive Tackle, Richmond

Patrick Richard, Defensive Tackle, Maine

Kourtney Berry, Linebacker, Alabama State

Aaron Reed, Linebacker, Duquesne

Marquis Smith, Linebacker, Savannah State

Jameer Thurman, Linebacker, Indiana State

Demetrius Johnson, Cornerback, Texas Southern

Trey Morgan, Cornerback, Western Carolina

Cam Kuksa, Safety, North Dakota

Donald Payne, Safety, Stetson

 

Second-Team Special Teams

Warren Handrahan, Place Kicker, Samford

Eric Enderson, Punter, Delaware

Devin Brown, Kickoff Returner, Coastal Carolina

Chris Crawford. Punt Returner, Stetson

Austin Barth, Long Snapper, Montana State

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Towson OT Pike, RB West pick up more All-America honors

Posted on 23 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ERIC PIKE, TERRANCE WEST NAMED FIRST TEAM AFCA ALL-AMERICANS

Tigers One of Five Schools With Two All-Americans

WACO, TEX. — Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and senior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) of Towson University have been named as members of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team announced today by the AFCA.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best – the coaches themselves.

West and Pike have led the Tigers to a 13-2 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS Championship Game on Jan. 4.

The leading rusher in all of college football, West has rushed for 2,410 yards on 391 carries, setting an NCAA FCS single season record. The Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, he also leads college football with 41 touchdowns scored, including 40 rushing TD’s. His 41 touchdowns are also an FCS single season record.

A 6-5, 298-pound tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who has started all 49 games of his college career. A two-time All-CAA first team tackle, he set a school record by playing in 49 games.

West and Pike were also named to the Walter Camp All-America first team and The Sports Network All-American first team.

Towson was one of five schools with two players named to the first team. Eastern Illinois, Eastern Washington, North Dakota State and Montana also had two All-American selections.

 

2013 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team

Offense

Pos      Name                           Ht.   Wt.   Cl.  School                   Coach                Hometown (High School)

WR        Cooper Kupp                  6-2   195   Fr.  Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin      Yakima, Wash. (Davis)

WR        *Erik Lora                     5-11  190   Sr.  Eastern Illinois        Dino Babers        Miami, Fla. (Columbus)

TE         MyCole Pruitt                6-3   250  Jr.  Southern Illinois      Dale Lennon        St. Louis, Mo. (Kirkwood)

OL        Eric Pike                       6-5   298  Sr.  Towson                   Rob Ambrose      Landover, Md. (DuVal)

OL        Dakota Dozier               6-5   303  Sr.  Furman                   Bruce Fowler      West Columbia, S.C. (Brookland-Cayce)

C          Jared Singleton             6-2   309  Sr.  Wofford                   Mike Ayers         Lugoff, S.C. (Lugoff-Elgin)

OL        Billy Turner                   6-6   314   Sr.  North Dakota State  Craig Bohl          Shoreview, Minn. (Mounds View)

OL        Danny Kistler, Jr.          6-8   315   Sr.  Montana                  Mick Delaney      Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea)

QB        Jimmy Garoppolo          6-3   222  Sr.  Eastern Illinois        Dino Babers        Arlington Heights, Ill. (Rolling Meadows)

RB        Terrance West               5-11  223  Jr.  Towson                   Rob Ambrose      Baltimore, Md. (Northwestern)

RB        *Zach Zenner                6-0   220  Jr.  South Dakota St.      John Stiegelmeier      Eagan, Minn. (Eagan)

 

Defense

Pos      Name                           Ht.   Wt.   Cl.  School                   Coach                Hometown (High School)

DL        Zach Hodges                 6-3   235  Jr.  Harvard                  Tim Murphy        Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Exeter Academy)

DL        *Davis Tull                    6-3   240  Jr.  Tenn.-Chattanooga Russ Huesman    Knoxville, Tenn. (Bearden)

DL        Colton Underwood         6-4   255  Sr.  Illinois St.               Brock Spack       Washington, Ill. (Washington)

DL        Brad Daly                      6-1    240  Sr.  Montana St.             Rob Ash              Helena, Mont. (Capital)

LB        Jordan Tripp                  6-3   237  Sr.  Montana                  Mick Delaney      Missoula, Mont. (Big Sky)

LB        Stephon Robertson         5-11  230  Sr.  James Madison        Mickey Matthews       Alexandria, Va. (Edison)

LB        Cqulin Hubert                6-1    250  Sr.  SE Louisiana            Ron Roberts        Houston, Texas (Eisenhower)

DB        Emory Polley                 5-9   175   Sr.  Brown                     Phil Estes           University Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Hts)

DB        T.J. Lee III                    5-9   190   Sr.  Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin      Seattle, Wash. (West Seattle)

DB        *Marcus Williams          5-11  192   Sr.  North Dakota St.      Craig Bohl          Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins)

DB        Daniel Fitzpatrick          6-2   210   Jr.  Tennessee St.          Rod Reed            Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Concordia Lutheran)

 

Specialists

Pos      Name                           Ht.   Wt.   Cl.  School                   Coach                Hometown (High School)

P          Kyle Loomis                  6-2   210   Jr.  Portland St.             Nigel Burton       Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg)

PK        Tyler Sievertsen            6-2   185   Sr.  Northern Iowa         Mark Farley        Cedar Rapids, Iowa (C.R. Kennedy)

AP        Fabian Truss                  5-9   185   Sr.  Samford                  Pat Sullivan        Birmingham, Ala. (Shades Valley)

*-2012 All-American

Team Background: The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

The five teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively. In 2006, the AFCA started selecting an NAIA-only team.

From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997, a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006.

 

Top Teams: Eastern Kentucky has been represented a total of 23 times by 21 players on the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team since 1979. The Colonels are followed by Appalachian State (23/17), Montana (23/22), Delaware (20/17), Eastern Washington (19/18), Furman (19/18), Northern Iowa (19/16), Georgia Southern (17/13), Lehigh (15/15), Portland State (15/15), Youngstown State (15/14), Grambling State (14/13), Stephen F. Austin (14/13), Eastern Illinois (14/12), New Hampshire (14/12), Jackson State (13/12), Weber State (13/12), Montana State (12/12) and James Madison (11/11) among current FCS schools.

 

Top Conference: The Colonial Athletic Association (formerly Atlantic 10) (122 appearances/112 players) is tops among all FCS conferences on the AFCA FCS Coaches All-America Team since 1979. Following the CAA is the Southern (111 appearances/97 players), Missouri Valley Football (formerly Gateway) (90/82), Big Sky (87/85), Ohio Valley (65/60), Southland (62/57), Southwestern Athletic (54/52), Patriot (48/47), Ivy League (33/33), Mid-Eastern Athletic (30/28), Northeast (15/13), Pioneer (13/13) and Big South (9/9). These totals reflect FCS selections only from current conference members. Several schools had additional players chosen when they played in divisions other than FCS.

 

2013 Conference-by-Conference Breakdown: Big Sky – 6; Missouri Valley – 6; Southern – 4; Colonial – 3; Ohio Valley – 3; Ivy – 2; Southland – 1.

 

Consecutive Years: Eastern Kentucky leads all schools, having had at least one player named to the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team in each of the first 15 years a FCS team was chosen (1979-93). Eastern Washington has the longest current streak at six straight years from 2008 to present.

 

Long Time Coming: Senior linebacker Cqulin Hubert makes the AFCA FCS All-America Team for Southeastern Louisiana, marking the first time the Lions’ have had a representative since 1985, when defensive lineman Willie Shepard made the team.

 

Repeat After Me: Eastern Illinois’ Erik Lora, South Dakota State’s Zach Zenner, Tennessee-Chattanooga’s Davis Tull and North Dakota State’s Marcus Williams were elected to the AFCA FCS All-American Team for the second consecutive year.

Linebackers Gary Reasons of Northwestern State (La.) (1981-83) and Dexter Coakley of Appalachian State (1994-96) are the only three-time AFCA All-Americans in Football Championship Subdivision.

 

Yearly Leaders: Alabama State (2012-OL Terren Jones, DB Kejuan Riley and P Bobby Wenzig) joins Grambling State (1979-DL Joe Gordon, LB Aldrich Allen and DB Robert Salters) and Jackson State (1996-QB Grailyn Pratt, LB Otha Evans and DB Sean Woodson) as the only schools to have more than two players named to the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team in one year.

 

Two Players, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds and placekicker Greg Zuerlein are the only players to earn Coaches’ All-America honors at two different schools. Bounds was named to the AFCA College Division I team in 1990 while playing for West Texas A&M. He transferred to Texas Tech after West Texas dropped football and earned I-A All-America honors as a Red Raider in 1991. Zuerlein was named to the Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in 2009 while playing for Nebraska-Omaha. He transferred to Missouri Western State after Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program and earned Division II honors in 2011 as a Griffon.

 

Class Distinction: This year’s AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 17 seniors, seven juniors and one freshman.

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Towson RB West, OT Pike pick up more All-America honors

Posted on 21 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ERIC PIKE, TERRANCE WEST EARN WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA HONORS

Tigers Honored After Leading Towson To FCS Semi-Finals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) and junior tackle Eric Pike (DuVal H.S./Lanham, Md.) of Towson University have been named to the Walter Camp 2013 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Football Championship Subdivision schools and certified by the accounting and auditing firm, Marcum LLP.

The Walter Camp All-America team is the oldest All-America team selected. Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions.

West, the leading rusher in college football with 2,295 yards, also leads all of college football with 39 touchdowns scored. In the NCAA FCS semi-finals, West led the Tigers to a win over Eastern Illinois in the FCS quarter-finals by rushing for an FCS Championship record 354 yards while scoring five touchdowns.

A four-year starter at left tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who set a school record with 48 career games played. When the Tigers face Eastern Washington, he will start in his 49th consecutive game.

Towson was one of four schools with two players selected to the Walter Camp All-America team. Eastern Illinois, Eastern Washington and North Dakota State each had two first-team honorees.

In all, players from eight different conferences and 21 institutions are represented on the 2013 Walter Camp FCS All-America team.   The Big Sky Conference had the most selections with 5, while the Colonial Athletic Association and Missouri Valley Conference each had four honorees.

The Tigers face Eastern Washington in the NCAA FCS semi-finals on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

2013 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team

OFFENSE

Pos.        Name, School                                    Hgt     Wgt         Class          Hometown

WR           Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois #                5-10                   190             Sr.             Miami, Fla.

WR           Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington        6-2       195         Fr.              Yakima, Wash.

TE            Andrew Robustelli, Jacksonville          6-3       210         Jr.              Sarasota, Fla.

OL           Dakota Dozier, Furman                       6-5       303        Sr.              West Columbia, S.C.

OL           Eric Pike, Towson                               6-5      298         Sr.              Landover, Md.

OL           Billy Turner, North Dakota State#       6-6      314          Sr.              Shoreview, Minn.

OL           Danny Kistler, Jr., Montana                 6-8      315          Sr.              Seattle, Wash.

C             Ashton Miller, Eastern Washington       6-2      300         Sr.              Vancouver, Wash.

QB           Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois       6-3      222         Sr.              Arlington Heights, Ill.

RB           Terrance West, Towson                       5-11     223         Jr.              Baltimore, Md.

RB           Zach Zenner, South Dakota State#      6-0      220         Jr.              Eagan, Minn.

PK           Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville               6-0       198         Sr.              Snellville, Ga.

DEFENSE

Pos.        Name, School                                    Hgt      Wgt               Class        Hometown

DL           Shaquille Riddick, Gardner-Webb         6-7        240            Jr.             Akron, Ohio

DL           Davis Tull, Chattanooga                      6-3       240             Jr.             Knoxville, Tenn.

DL           Brad Daly, Montana State                    6-1       240            Sr.             Helena, Mont.

DL           Terrance Fede, Marist                         6-5     270            Sr.             Nyack, N.Y.

LB           Justin Shade, Samford                        5-10      229            Sr.             Birmingham, Ala.

LB           Stephon Robertson, James Madison #  5-11        230            Sr.             Alexandria, Va.

LB           Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina            5-10     215                 Jr.             Greenwood, S.C.

DB           Jerome Couplin, William & Mary             6-2    215             Sr.             Upper Marlboro, Md.

DB           Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State          6-0    214          Jr.              Fair Grove, Mo.

DB           Marcus Williams, North Dakota State *  5-11   192             Sr.             Minneapolis, Minn.

DB           Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State      6-2    210          Jr.              Fort Wayne, Ind.

P             Kyle Loomis, Portland State                  6-2      210             Jr.             Roseburg, Ore.

KR           Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana 5-9  170          So.              Atlanta, Ga.

* – 2011 and 2012 Walter Camp FCS All-America selection

# – 2012 Walter Camp All-America selection

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Terps DB Likely picks up Freshman All-America honor

Posted on 19 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland defensive back William Likely has been named to the Athlon Sports Freshman All-America Team, the publication announced on Wednesday. Likely is a third-team selection as a return specialist.

In 12 games, Likely averaged 27.0 yards on 24 kickoff returns, which ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 13th nationally. His kickoff return average is currently the third-highest Maryland single-season total all-time and is just shy of Stefon Diggs’ freshman record (28.52) set last season.

On punts, Likely averaged 12.8 yards per return, which ranks fourth in the ACC and 17th nationally. With one game remaining, Likely currently holds the Maryland freshman record previously held by Orlando Strozier (10.46 ypr) set in 1993.

The Belle Glade, Fla., native also returned one punt for a touchdown this season coming against Virginia Tech. Likely returned the kick 63 yards against the Hokies for the first score of his career. On the day, Likely accounted for all of Maryland’s 106 punt return yards, the third-highest total by a conference team this season.

Likely and the Terps are back in action against Marshall on Fri., Dec. 27 in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Ticket information is available through umterps.com.

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Navy QB Reynolds named Honorable Mention All-America by SI

Posted on 19 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy Sophomore Quarterback Keenan Reynolds Named Honorable Mention All-American By Sports Illustrated

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by Sports Illustrated.

In just his second season at Navy, Reynolds is well on his way to rewriting the school and national record books, establishing an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29 this season, tying the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game against an FBS opponent (7 vs. San Jose State), scoring a program-best 42 points against San Jose State, breaking a nearly 100-year-old season scoring mark at Navy with 176 points (174 by Bill Ingram in 1917) and smashing the school record for points responsible for in a season with 224.  Reynolds heads into the Dec. 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Middle Tennessee State ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game, No. 1 in rushing touchdowns with 29 and No. 2 in rushing yards by a quarterback with 105.0.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston was named the first team quarterback, while Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was named to the second team.  Blake Bortles (UCF), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Shane Carden (East Carolina), Derek Carr (Fresno State), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Zach Mettenberger (LSU), Braxton Miller (Ohio State), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Bryce Petty (Baylor) and Connor Shaw (South Carolina) joined Reynolds as Honorable Mention All-Americans.

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