FRISCO, Texas -- Southland Conference football earned four spots on the 2017 Walter Camp FCS All-America team, the foundation announced Thursday.
Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe was named a first team quarterback and is a repeat All-American - one of just three players who have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors. Briscoe led the Bearkats to the FCS semifinals, passing for a nation-leading 5,003 yards and 45 touchdowns this season.
Central Arkansas offensive lineman John Cook was named to his second All-America team of the season, having also earned a first team spot on the AFCA list. Fellow Bear Tremon Smith also garnered his second national honor, landing a defensive back spot on the Walter Camp team. Smith was named to the STATS FCS All-America First Team earlier this week.
UIW punter Joe Zema earned his fourth All-America distinction of the season after leading the nation in punt yard average in 2017.
In all, players from 11 different conferences and 21 institutions are represented on the 2017 Walter Camp FCS All-America team.
The Colonial Athletic Association has the most honorees with five, while the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Ohio Valley Conference and Southland each have four honorees.
Jacksonville State had the most representatives with four, while FCS finalist James Madison, Central Arkansas and Weber State each had two All-America selections.
The Walter Camp All-America Team is selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of FCS schools.
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 annually an All-America team. Visit www.waltercamp.org for more information.
2017 Walter Camp FCS All-America Team
WR - Keelan Doss, UC Davis, Jr.
WR - Neil O’Connor, New Hampshire, Jr.
TE - Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State*, Sr.
OL - Aaron Stinnie, James Madison, Sr.
OL - Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T, Sr.
OL - Justin Lea, Jacksonville State, Sr.
OL - John Cook, Central Arkansas, Jr.
C - Tyler Scozzaro, Jacksonville State, Sr.
QB - Chris Streveler, South Dakota, Sr.
QB - Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State*, Sr.
RB - Dominick Bragalone, Lehigh, Jr.
RB - Josh Mack, Maine, So.
PK - Trey Tuttle, Weber State, Fr.
DL - Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State, Sr.
DL - Andrew Ankrah, James Madison, Sr.
DL - Jonathan Petersen, San Diego, Sr.
DL - Ahmad Gooden, Samford, Fr.
LB - Brett Taylor, Western Illinois*, Sr.
LB - Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, Sr.
LB - Matthew Oplinger, Yale, Sr.
DB - Mike Basile, Monmouth, Sr.
DB - Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State, So.
DB - Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas, Sr.
DB - Tre Dempsey, North Dakota State, Sr.
P - Joe Zema, UIW, Gr.
KR - Rashid Shaheed, Weber State, Fr.
* - 2016 Walter Camp FCS All-America selection