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Courtesy: SWAC.org

FOUR SWAC PLAYERS NAMED FCS STATS ALL-AMERICANS

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 12/20/2017
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(STATS) - The players invited to the unveiling of the Walter Payton and Buck Buchanan awards help headline the 2017 STATS FCS All-America Team, announced Tuesday.

The two most prestigious player awards in the FCS will be announced at the STATS FCS Banquet and Presentation on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas - the eve of the national championship.

Senior quarterbacks Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State and Chris Streveler of South Dakota and UC Davis junior wide receiver Keelan Doss will decide the Payton Award. Doss was named a first-team All-American, and the Payton results will determine first-team quarterback between Briscoe and Streveler.

Senior defensive ends Andrew Ankrah of James Madison and Darius Jackson of Jacksonville State and Western Illinois senior linebacker Brett Taylor - who are in the top three of the Buchanan Award voting - also were first-team All-Americans.

The All-America team featured players from 54 schools and all 13 conferences. National semifinalist Sam Houston State had the most selections with five followed by Central Arkansas, Jacksonville State, James Madison, North Dakota State and Weber State with four each. The Missouri Valley Football Conference led all conferences with 17 selections.

Four SWAC players were named to the FCS STATS All-American Teams included Alcorn State senior running back De’Lance Turner, who was second in the nation in rushing yards with 1,357 yards and 10 touchdowns.  The 6-foot-1, 214-pound running back was a Second Team Selection.

The other three representatives were all named the Third Team including senior linebacker De’Arius Christmas of Grambling State, senior defensive back Danny Johnson of Southern and junior placekicker Marc Orozco of Grambling State.

Christmas ranked third in the conference in tackles for a loss with 16.5, seven in tackles per game (6.7), and 19th in sacks (3.5). 

Johnson was tied for third in the conference in interceptions (three) with two returned for a touchdown.

Orozco was sixth in the nation in field goals per game (1.38 per game), first in the conference PAT percentage (97.9% as he made 47-of-48), and he made most field goals in the conference (18-of-22). 

 

2017 STATS FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM

*-To be determined by the winner of the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award on Jan. 5.

OFFENSE

*QB - Jeremiah Briscoe, senior, 6-3, 225, Sam Houston State, or Chris Streveler, senior, 6-3, 220, South Dakota

RB - Dom Bragalone, junior, 5-11, 230, Lehigh

RB - Josh Mack, sophomore, 6-1, 198, Maine

FB - Cal Daniels, junior, 6-2, 255, Stony Brook

WR - Keelan Doss, junior, 6-3, 206, UC Davis

WR - Nathan Stewart, sophomore, 5-11, 175, Sam Houston State

WR - Justin Watson, senior, 6-3, 225, Penn

TE - Dallas Goedert, senior, 6-5, 260, South Dakota State

OL - Austin Kuhnert, senior, 6-4, 304, North Dakota State

OL - Justin Lea, senior, 6-4, 290, Jacksonville State

OL - Brandon Parker, senior, 6-7, 309, North Carolina A&T

OL - Skyler Phillips, senior, 6-2, 315, Idaho State

OL - Aaron Stinnie, senior, 6-5, 309, James Madison

DEFENSE

DL - Andrew Ankrah, senior, 6-4, 248, James Madison

DL - P.J. Hall, senior, 6-1, 305, Sam Houston State

DL - Darius Jackson, senior, 6-3, 242, Jacksonville State

DL - Jonathan Petersen, senior, 6-1, 240, San Diego

LB - Nick DeLuca, senior, 6-3, 245, North Dakota State

LB - Darius Leonard, senior, 6-3, 235, South Carolina State

LB - Brett Taylor, senior, 6-2, 230, Western Illinois

LB - Sione Teuhema, senior, 6-4, 260, Southeastern Louisiana

DB - Mike Basile, senior, 6-1, 200, Monmouth

DB - Davontae Harris, senior, 6-0, 205, Illinois State

DB - Taron Johnson, senior, 6-0, 185, Weber State

DB - Tremon Smith, senior, 6-0, 190, Central Arkansas

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK - Lorran Fonseca, junior, 5-11, 185, Nicholls

P - Joe Zema, grad, 6-2, 210, Incarnate Word

LS - James Fisher, senior, 6-2, 225, North Dakota State

KR - Juwan Petit-Frere, sophomore, 5-7, 170, Southeastern Louisiana

PR - Justice Shelton-Mosley, junior, 5-10, 195, Harvard

AP - Detrez Newsome, senior, 5-10, 210, Western Carolina

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SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

*QB - Jeremiah Briscoe, senior, 6-3, 225, Sam Houston State, or Chris Streveler, senior, 6-3, 220, South Dakota

RB - Roc Thomas, senior, 5-11, 193, Jacksonville State

RB - De'Lance Turner, senior, 6-1, 214, Alcorn State

FB - Andre Stoddard, junior, 5-10, 230, Wofford

WR - Jaelon Acklin, senior, 6-2, 190, Western Illinois

WR - Neil O'Connor, junior, 5-11, 190, New Hampshire

WR - Troy Pelletier, senior, 6-3, 210, Lehigh

TE - Andrew Vollert, senior, 6-5, 245, Weber State

OL - John Cook, junior, 6-4, 325, Central Arkansas

OL - Jamil Demby, senior, 6-5, 335, Maine

OL - Jacob Ohnesorge, senior, 6-3, 295, South Dakota State

OL - Timon Parris, senior, 6-5, 320, Stony Brook

OL - Matthew Schmidt, senior, 6-3, 290, Furman

DEFENSE

DL - Anthony Ellis, senior, 6-1, 245, Charleston Southern

DL - Ahmad Gooden, junior, 6-1, 240, Samford

DL - Dalton Keene, senior, 6-4, 275, Illinois State

DL - Chris Terrell, sophomore, 6-3, 266, Central Arkansas

LB - Garrett Dolan, senior, 6-2, 240, Houston Baptist

LB - Jared Farley, senior, 5-11, 224, Northern Iowa

LB - Warren Messer, junior, 5-11, 229, Elon

LB - Christian Rozeboom, sophomore, 6-2, 225, South Dakota State

DB - Elijah Campbell, senior, 5-11, 193, Northern Iowa

DB - Raven Greene, senior, 6-0, 190, James Madison

DB - Robbie Grimsley, junior, 6-0, 191, North Dakota State

DB - George Odum, senior, 6-2, 187, Central Arkansas

DB - D'Montre Wade, senior, 6-0, 200, Murray State

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK - Trey Tuttle, freshman, 5-9, 190, Weber State

P - Keith Wrzuszczak, senior, 5-11, 212, Eastern Kentucky

LS - Hunter Winstead, senior, 6-0, 240, Liberty

KR - Desmond Hite, sophomore, 5-9, 178, Incarnate Word

PR - Xequille Harry, senior, 5-11, 160, Weber State

AP - Davion Davis, junior, 5-11, 180, Sam Houston State

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THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

QB - Kyle Lauletta, senior, 6-3, 215, Richmond

RB - Corey Avery, senior, 5-10, 195, Sam Houston State

RB - Zane Dudek, freshman, 5-9, 190, Yale

FB - Jared Mohamed, senior, 6-0, 227, Cal Poly

WR - Elijah Marks, senior, 6-1, 175, Northern Arizona

WR - Kelvin McKnight, junior, 5-9, 188, Samford

WR - Jesper Horsted, junior, 6-4, 215, Princeton

TE - Ross Dwelley, senior, 6-5, 240, San Diego

OL - Ben Huss, senior, 6-2, 310, Duquesne

OL - Jacob Judd, senior, 6-3, 300, Western Illinois

OL - Brody Kern, senior, 6-2, 285, Delaware

OL - Zach Larsen, sophomore, 6-1, 300, Southern Utah

OL - Mitchell Sweigart, senior, 6-5, 290, Princeton

OL - Alex Thompson, senior, 6-4, 300, Monmouth

DEFENSE

DL - Abdullah Anderson, senior, 6-4, 295, Bucknell

DL - Miles Brown, junior, 6-2, 320, Wofford

DL - Andrew Clyde, junior, 6-3, 275, Richmond

DL - Darin Greenfield, sophomore, 6-3, 235, South Dakota

DL - Jaison Williams, sophomore, 6-1, 225, Austin Peay

LB - Bryson Armstrong, freshman, 5-11, 201, Kennesaw State

LB - Brandon Bryant, senior, 5-11, 225, Lafayette

LB - De'Arius Christmas, senior, 5-10, 220, Grambling State

LB - Mario Jenkins, senior, 6-1, 245, Idaho State

LB - Shaheed Salmon, senior, 6-2, 232, Samford

DB - Marlon Bridges, sophomore, 6-0, 200, Jacksonville State

DB - Malik Duncan, senior, 5-10, 205, Saint Francis

DB - Danny Johnson, senior, 5-10, 194, Southern

DB - Rashad Robinson, junior, 5-11, 182, James Madison

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK - Marc Orozco, junior, 5-9, 170, Grambling State

P - Alex Pechin, junior, 6-0, 185, Bucknell

LS - Brandon Godsey, senior, 6-0, 220, South Dakota

KR - Jean Constant, sophomore, 5-9, 168, Bryant

PR - Khris Gardin, senior, 5-7, 180, North Carolina A&T

AP - John Santiago, junior, 5-9, 180, North Dakota

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