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Five Terps pick up USILA All-America honors

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Four members of the University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team were named first team USILA All-Americans and another was selected to the second team, which were announced Thursday.

Senior goalie Niko Amato, senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, senior long stick midfielder Michael Ehrhardt and junior defender Goran Murray all earned first team honors, while junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa was a second team selection.

Amato, a native of Conshohocken, Pa., earns his third All-America award after ranking fourth in the nation with a 7.23 goals against average and eighth with a .566 save percentage. The 2014 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the first goalie to ever be a four-time All-ACC selection, Amato is just the second Maryland goalie to guide his team to three Final Four berths and has started all 66 games of his collegiate career. He is also just the fifth goalie in Maryland history to earn All-America honors three times during his career and is the first during the NCAA tournament era.

Chanenchuk, a native of Poquott, N.Y., earns his third overall All-America award and second as a Terp after leading the team in goals for the second straight season and also leading the team in points and assists. The senior, who has 13 points in the Terps two NCAA tournament games this season, is also tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals this year.

Ehrhardt, a native of Westbury, N.Y., earns his second All-America honor after leading the Maryland defense to a No. 1 national ranking in scoring defense, allowing just 7.0 goals per game. Ehrhardt ranks second overall and first among non-faceoff men on the team with 64 groundballs and leads the squad with 28 caused turnovers. Ehrhardt has also been a factor in Maryland’s transition offense, scoring two goals and adding two assists. This is Ehrhardt’s first All-America honor as a long pole. He earned second team honors in 2013 as a close defenseman.

Murray, a native of Merion Station, Pa., earns his third All-America honor after helping the Terrapin defense rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense. He has 17 groundballs and 10 caused turnovers for the season. Murray is just the 10th defender in the 89-season history of Maryland men’s lacrosse to earn All-America honors three times.

Raffa, a native of Syosset, N.Y., earns his first All-America honor after posting one of the finest seasons ever for a Maryland faceoff man. Raffa ranks second in the nation with a .678 faceoff winning percentage and is 11th in the country in groundballs per game at 7.71. He has totaled 108 groundballs heading into the NCAA semifinals, which is the sixth-most groundballs in a single season for a Terp since 1981 when groundballs were first officially kept. Raffa has also scored five goals and added one assist this season.

The four first team selections mark the most for a Terrapin team since 1976 when Mike Farrell, Ed Mullen, Roger Tuck and Frank Urso were first team honorees.

The No. 7-seeded Terps face No. 6 seed Notre Dame on Saturday, May 24, in the Final Four in Baltimore. The Terps/Fighting Irish match-up will be the second game of the Saturday doubleheader that features No. 1 Duke meeting No. 5 Denver in the first game at 1 p.m.

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Hopkins has five players pick up USILA All-America honors

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team placed five players on the 2014 USILA All-America Team it was announced today. Senior defenseman Jack Reilly (Niskayuna, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) and junior long stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino (Oakdale, NY/Connetquot) both earned second team honors, while junior attackman Wells Stanwick (Baltimore, MD/Boys’ Latin), sophomore attackman Ryan Brown (Sykesville, MD/Calvert Hall) and sophomore midfielder Holden Cattoni (De Winton, Alberta/West Island College) all earned honorable mention status. This is the 11th time in head coach Dave Pietramala’s 14 seasons that Johns Hopkins has produced five or more All-Americans.

Reilly and Pellgrino anchored a Johns Hopkins defense that held 11 of 16 opponents to nine goals or less and surrendered an average of 8.94 goals per game. Reilly started all 16 games on close defense for the Blue Jays and totaled 20 ground balls, six caused turnovers and one goal. This is the first time Reilly has been selected as an All-American and he routinely drew the assignment of covering the opposition’s top attackman. He was the only returning starter among JHU’s goalie and three close defensemen this season.

Pellegrino, the first Johns Hopkins junior to serve as a captain since Jake Bryne in 2006, played in all 16 games at the pole and had 27 ground balls, a team-high 13 caused turnovers, three goal and two assists. Pellegrino was the only non-senior long stick defensive middie to earn first, second or third team honors and one of just two non-seniors among the six LSMs honored.

Stanwick is Johns Hopkins’ only repeat selection to the All-America team as he makes his second appearance on the honorable mention listing. He led the Blue Jays in scoring with 23 goals and 44 points for 67 points. His 44 assists are the fourth-highest single-season total in school history and the most by a Johns Hopkins player since Jack Thomas had 45 in 1973. In addition, his 67 points are the most by a Blue Jay since Terry Riordan had 69 in 1995 and are tied for the 11th-highest single-season mark in school history.

Brown made the seamless transition back to his natural position of attack this season. He tied for the team-lead in goals (40), finished second in points (54) and fourth in assists (14). His 40 goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins sophomore since Terry Riordan had 47 in 1993 and he is just the fourth sophomore in school history to score 40 or more goals in a season. He netted a career high eight goals against Syracuse early this season; that is the second-highest single-game total in school history, surpassed only by a nine-goal effort by William Logan against Virginia in 1927.

Cattoni rounds out Johns Hopkins’ All-Americans with his nod to the honorable mention listing. He scored 29 goals and added six assists for 35 points to rank third on the team in goals and fourth in points. He led all Johns Hopkins midfielders in goals and points. Cattoni, the only player on the team to score at least one goal in all 16 games this season, had eight multi-goal games and nine multi-point games to his credit this season. His 29 goals are the most by a Johns Hopkins midfielder since Brian Christopher had 30 in 2009.

Johns Hopkins posted an 11-5 record and made its 42nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before being eliminated.

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UMBC attackman Gregoire named USILA All-American

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Perry, N.Y. – UMBC attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) was selected as a 2014 United States Lacrosse Association All-American, as the teams were announced today.

The attackman earned honorable mention honors after setting a UMBC single-season goals record with 48 scored in his senior campaign. He broke the mark of 47, recorded by attackman Jason Smith in 1992.

Gregoire earned America East First Team honors on the attack, alongside USILA First Team All-Americans Lyle and Miles Thompson of America East foe Albany.

Through games ending May 18, Gregoire stands third in the nation with 3.20 goals scored per game and 18th in the country with 3.80 points per contest.

The fifth-year senior, who earned his first undergraduate degree in political science in 2013, finished his career with 96 goals, which is tied for 12th place on UMBC’s all-time list.  He became the 31st Retriever to reach the 100-point plateau and amassed a total of 113 points – tied for 22nd on the school’s list.

Notes: Gregoire became UMBC’s 31st All-American at the NCAA Division I level and the 13th Retriever attackman to earn the honor… The two-year team captain is the first Retriever to earn the citation since Kyle Wimer was honored in 2010.

Pronunciation Note: Gregoire is pronounced greg-WAHR

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Towson F Benimon named Mid-Major first team All-American

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED MID-MAJOR FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Vleet also on first team

TOWSON, Md. – Mid-Major Madness has named Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon a Mid-Major First Team All-American, it was announced on Monday. Benimon is joined on the first team by Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Vleet, Canisius’ Billy Baron and UCSB’s Alan Williams.

Benimon adds this honor to an already impressive list of accolades received during his senior season. In addition to being named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year for the second straight season, the forward was named Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four this past weekend.

An NABC All-District 10 first-team honoree, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins during the 2013-14 season, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Benimon led Towson in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg). His rebounding average ranked second in the NCAA and his 21 double-doubles were third best in the country. Benimon’s 404 rebounds are a new school record and only trails Navy’s David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

The Mid-Major All-America Second Team is made up of Massachusetts’s Chaz Williams, BYU’s Tyler Haws, North Dakota State’s Taylor Braun, Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes and Buffalo’s Javon McCrea.

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Maryland F Thomas named WBCA All-American

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of 10 players in the country to be named an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Saturday. She is the first in program history to earn the honor three times.

The WBCA All-America Team was announced at a ceremony held at Bridgestone Arena during the 2014 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities. The 10-member team was decided from a group of 52 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting held during the 2014 WBCA National Convention.

Thomas was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American earlier this week.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas leads the Terrapins (28-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,341 career points and is tied with Crystal Langhorne as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,229 career boards.

Thomas has an ACC-best 28 double-doubles in 34 games played this year and leads the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Thomas is joined on the team by Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).

“The 10 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2014 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team are extremely deserving of this award,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “These young women have led their teams to be contenders for conference championships and berths in the NCAA Tournament. Each of these young women is the one on her team who the coach can turn to in order to take the program to the next level.”

Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).

For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).

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Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas named AP First Team All-American

Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was one of five players in the country to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press Tuesday. Thomas made the AP’s First Team as a sophomore in 2012 and Second Team in 2013.

Thomas is joined on the AP’s First Team by Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).

Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was honored as an All-American by the USBWA for the third straight year as well Monday.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas leads the Terrapins (27-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she scored 13 points to surpass Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,320 career points and scored a career-high 33 in the Terps’ 73-62 win over top-seeded Tennessee Sunday.

Thomas has an ACC-best 27 double-doubles in 33 games played this year and leads the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on third-seeded Louisville (33-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Elite Eight at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. The Terps-Cardinals matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 24-8 (.750).

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Future Terp Trimble named McDonald’s All-American

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff

FINAL ROSTERS UNVEILED FOR THE 2014 McDONALD’S ALL AMERICAN GAMES
48 Players Join the Ranks of Basketball’s Elite with Selection to 2014 Team

OAK BROOK, Ill. (Jan. 29, 2014) – The McDonald’s All American High School Basketball
Games unveiled the official rosters for the 37th Annual Boys Game and 13th Annual Girls Game
during today’s 2014 McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU. The nation’s
top annual high school basketball all-star event will again be played at Chicago’s United Center
on April 2. Full team rosters are available now at www.mcdaag.com.

The 2014 McDonald’s All American Boys Team features the consensus number one player in
the country Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young – Chicago, Ill.), playing for the West Team against
the East Team’s top big man Cliff Alexander (Curie High School – Chicago, Ill.). Tyler Ulis
(Marian Catholic – Chicago Heights, Ill.) rounds out the Chicago trio. Okafor will square off
against highly ranked centers Karl Towns, Jr. (St. Joseph High School – Metuchen, N.J.) and
Myles Turner (Trinity High School – Euless, Tex.), one of five boys hailing from Texas. Other
players with ties to the Lone Star state include Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep Academy –
Dallas, Tex.), Justin Jackson (Homeschool Christian – Tomball, Tex.), Justise Winslow (St.
John’s High School – Houston, Tex.) and Kelly Oubre (Findlay Prep – Henderson, Nev.),
originally from Richmond, Tex. Of the 24 Boys selected to the team, Kentucky and Duke have
the most commitments, each with four. The Boys Game begins at 8:30 p.m. CT April 2, and will
be televised live on ESPN.

The Girls Team includes top ranked A’Ja Wilson (Heathwood Hall Episcopal School –
Columbia, S.C.) along with five players from California and four from Texas. California participants include Jordin Canada (Windward School – Los Angeles, Calif.), Lajahna
Drummer (Long Beach Polytechnic High School – Long Beach, Calif.), high school teammates,
Mikayla Cowling (St. Mary’s College High School – Albany, Calif.) and Gabby Green (Saint
Mary’s College High School – Albany, Calif.) and Mariya Moore (Salesian High School –
Richmond, Calif.). The four Texas participants include Brianna Turner (Manvel High School –
Manvel, Tex.), Ariel Atkins (Duncanville High School – Duncanville, Tex.), Recee’ Caldwell
(FEAST Home School – San Antonio, Tex.), and Brooke McCarty (Clear Springs High School –
League City, Tex.). Of the 24 Girls Game participants, UCLA will have the most McDonald’s All
Americans suiting up next fall with three commits. The Girls Game begins at 6:00 p.m. CT April
2, and will be televised live on ESPNU.

“The McDonald’s All American Games are where the elite players serve notice of what’s to
come at the next level,” said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games.
“With the great success of last year’s players at the collegiate level this year, we can’t wait to
see what’s in store for Chicago on April 2.”

This year’s teams were selected from the field of more than 1,000 Nominees by the McDonald’s
All American Games Selection Committee, led by committee chairman, Morgan Wootten,
legendary Hall-of-Fame basketball coach.

Since 1978, more than 1,150 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games,
forming an elite list of some of the top names in basketball history including, Michael Jordan,
Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love,
Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker, Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne
2014 McDonald’s All American Games
Boys Alphabetical Roster

EAST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Cliff Alexander PF 6-9 Curie High School (Chicago, IL) Kansas
James Blackmon, Jr. SG 6-2 Marion High School (Marion, IN) Indiana
Justin Jackson SF 6-7 Homeschool Christian (Tomball, TX) North Carolina
Tyus Jones PG 6-1 Apple Valley High School (Apple Valley, MN) Duke
Kevon Looney PF 6-8 Milwaukee Hamilton High School (Milwaukee, WI) UCLA
Theo Pinson SF 6-6 Wesleyan Christian (Greensboro, NC) North Carolina
D’Angelo Russell SG 6-4 Montverde Academy (Louisville, KY) Ohio State
Karl Towns, Jr. C 6-11 St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, NJ) Kentucky
Romelo Trimble PG 6-2 O’Connell High School (Upper Marlboro, MD) Maryland
Myles Turner C 6-11 Trinity High School (Bedford, TX) Undecided
Isaiah Whitehead SG 6-4 Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, NY) Seton Hall
Justise Winslow SF 6-6 Saint John’s High School (Houston, TX) Duke

WEST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Grayson Allen SG 6-4 Providence School of Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL) Duke
Joel Berry PG 6-0 Lake Highland Prep (Apopka, FL) North Carolina
Devin Booker SG 6-5 Moss Point High School (Moss Point, MS) Kentucky
Stanley Johnson SF 6-6 Mater Dei High School (Fullerton, CA) Arizona
Trey Lyles PF 6-10 Arsenal Technical (Indianapolis, IN) Kentucky
Emmanuel Mudiay PG 6-5 Prime Prep Academy (Dallas, TX) Southern Methodist
Jahlil Okafor C 6-10 Whitney Young Magnet High School (Chicago, IL) Duke
Kelly Oubre SF 6-7 Findlay College Prep (Richmond, TX) Kansas
Reid Travis PF 6-8 De La Salle High School (Minneapolis, MN) Stanford
Tyler Ulis PG 5-9 Marian Catholic High School (Matteson, IL) Kentucky
Rashad Vaughn SG 6-6 Findlay College Prep (Golden Valley, MN) Undecided
Thomas Welsh C 6-11 Loyola High School (Los Angeles, CA) UCLA

2014 McDonald’s All American Games
Girls Alphabetical Roster

EAST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Lynee’ Belton C 6-2 Bullis School (Clinton, MD) Duke
Sierra Calhoun W 6-0 Christ the King High School (Brooklyn, NY) Duke
Bianca Cuevas PG 5-6 Nazareth Regional High School (Bronx, NY) South Carolina
Sadie Edwards G 5-9 Blair Academy (Meriden, CT) UConn
Myisha Hines-Allen W 6-1 Montclair High School (Montclair, NJ) Louisville
Alexa Middleton G 5-8 Riverdale High School (Murfreesboro, TN) Tennessee
Kelsey Mitchell PG 5-8 Princeton High School (Cincinnati, OH) Ohio State
Mariya Moore W 6-0 Salesian High School (Pleasant Hill, CA) Louisville
Shakayla Thomas W 5-11 Sylacauga High School (Sylacauga, AL) Florida State
Kathryn Westbeld F 6-2 Fairmont High School (Kettering, OH) Notre Dame
Jatarie White C 6-4 Providence Day School (Charlotte, NC) South Carolina
A’ja Wilson F 6-5 Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (Hopkins, SC) Undecided

WEST TEAM
Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Ariel Atkins G 5-11 Duncanville High School (Duncanville, TX) Texas
Recee’ Caldwell PG 5-8 FEAST Home School (San Antonio, TX) UCLA
Jordin Canada PG 5-6 Windward School (Los Angeles, CA) UCLA
Mikayla Cowling W 6-1 Saint Mary’s College High School (Benicia, CA) California
Lajahna Drummer F 6-2 Long Beach Polytechnic High School (Los Angeles, CA) UCLA
Gabby Green W 6-1 Saint Mary’s College High School (Oakland, CA) California
Brooke McCarty PG 5-4 Clear Springs High School (League City, TX) Texas
Jaime Nared W 6-1 Westview High School (Portland, OR) Tennessee
Alyssa Rice C 6-3 Reynoldsburg High School (Reynoldsburg, OH) Kentucky
Brianna Turner F 6-3 Manvel High School (Pearland, TX) Notre Dame
Chatrice White C 6-3 Shelby Public High School (Shelby, NE) Illinois
Gabby Williams G 5-11 Edward C. Reed High School (Sparks, NV) UConn

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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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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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