Four more Kats named Hero Sports All-Americans

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HUNTSVILLE - After announcing the freshman and sophomore all-America squads earlier in the week, HERO Sports revealed its three all-America teams on Friday with four more Sam Houston State Bearkats earning spots on the squad.

Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe was named to the first team, while P.J. Hall, Yedidiah Louis and Bridge Blount were all named to the second team.

Briscoe set the FCS record for single-season touchdown passes in 2016 and has been named to multiple all-America squads after being named the Southland Conference Player of the Year. He is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in the FCS, which will be given out Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas.

He will be joined in Frisco by Hall who is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the FCS’ top defensive player. Hall was a second team all-America choice by HERO Sports and was named the Southland’s Defensive Player of the Year after finishing with 13 sacks and 24.5 tackles for a loss in 2016.

Meanwhile, Louis and Blount were also named to the second team following seasons that saw them bring in other superlative honors of their own. Louis was named the Southland’s Offensive Player of the Year and led the SLC with 1,152 receiving yards on 76 catches while his 14 touchdown catches were the most by an SLC player since 2010.

Blount, a Huntsville native, made a successful transition from guard to center as a senior and was the trigger man for an offensive line that paved the way for the nation’s top offense. He was named the Southland Conference's Offensive Lineman of the Year, giving the Kats their second straight honor for top offensive lineman after Donald Jackson III received it in 2015.

He has started all 13 games at center this season after being named honorable mention all-SLC at guard each of the last two years. Behind him the Kats averaged 49.5 points and 547.3 yards per game in 2016.