Southland Conference Earns 12 Selections to AP FCS All-America Teams

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FRISCO, Texas – Southland Conference football earned a total of 12 selections to the 2017 Associated Press FCS All-America Teams, the AP announced Tuesday.

Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas lead with four spots each while Houston Baptist, UIW, McNeese and Nicholls all garnered individual selections.

The Bearkats earned two first team selections in junior wide receiver Davion Davis and senior defensive lineman P.J. Hall. Central Arkansas’ George Odum was named a first team defensive back. Senior punter Joe Zema of UIW rounded out the league’s first team honorees.

Sam Houston State senior quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe earned second team honors, joined by UCA junior offensive lineman John Cook and junior McNeese placekicker Gunnar Raborn.

The conference landed five on the third team: Sam Houston State wide receiver Nathan Stewart, Nicholls placekicker Lorran Fonseca, Garrett Dolan of Houston Baptist and the Central Arkansas duo of defensive lineman Chris Terrell and defensive back Tremon Smith.

The total number of selections is three times as many as in 2016, when the Southland garnered four total selections across the three teams. The conference now has 188 total first team all-American selections in its history.

The AP FCS All-America selections are chosen by a panel of 10 media members who cover FCS football.

The 2017 Associated Press FCS All-America Teams

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Chris Streveler, senior, South Dakota.

Running backs — Dominick Bragalone, junior, Lehigh; Josh Mack, sophomore, Maine.

Linemen — Brandon Parker, senior, North Carolina A&T; Austin Kuhnert, senior, North Dakota State; Jacob Ohnesorge, senior, South Dakota State; Aaron Stinnie, senior, James Madison; Justin Lea, senior, Jacksonville State.

Tight end — Dallas Goedert, senior, South Dakota State.

Receivers — Keelan Doss, junior, UC Davis; Davion Davis, junior, Sam Houston State.

All-purpose player — John Santiago, junior, North Dakota.

Kicker — Trey Tuttle, freshman, Weber State.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Andrew Ankrah, senior, James Madison; Jonathan Petersen, senior, San Diego; Darius Jackson, senior, Jacksonville State; P.J. Hall, senior, Sam Houston State.

Linebackers — Brett Taylor, senior, Western Illinois; Darius Leonard, senor, South Carolina State; Nick DeLuca, senior, North Dakota State.

Backs — Mike Basile, senior, Monmouth; George Odum, senior, Central Arkansas; Taron Johnson, senior, Weber State; Jordan Brown, senior, James Madison.

Punter — Joe Zema, senior, UIW.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Jeremiah Briscoe, senior, Sam Houston State.

Running backs — Roc Thomas, senior, Jacksonville State; Zane Dudek, freshman, Yale.

Linemen — Stetson Dagel, senior, South Dakota; John Cook, junior, Central Arkansas; Timon Parris, senior, Stony Brook; Ben Huss, senior, Duquesne; Matthew Schmidt, senior, Furman.

Tight end — Andrew Vollert, senior, Weber State.

Receivers — Neil O'Connor, junior, New Hampshire; Jaelon Acklin, senior, Western Illinois.

All-purpose player — Elijah Marks, senior, Northern Arizona.

Kicker — Gunnar Raborn, junior, McNeese.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Anthony Ellis, senior, Charleston Southern; Ahmad Gooden, junior, Samford; Jaison Williams, sophomore, Austin Peay; Abdullah Anderson, senior, Bucknell.

Linebackers — Matthew Oplinger, senior, Yale; Jared Farley, senior, Northern Iowa; Brandon Bryant, senior, Lafayette.

Backs — Marlon Bridges, sophomore, Jacksonville State; Phillip Parham, senior, senior, Lafayette; Davontae Harris, senior, Illinois State; Rashad Robinson, junior, James Madison.

Punter — Ian Berryman, junior, Western Carolina.

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Chandler Burks, junior, Kennesaw State.

Running backs — De'Lance Turner, senior, Alcorn State; Detrez Newsome, senior, Western Carolina.

Linemen — Skyler Phillips, senior, Idaho State; Zach Mitchler, junior, Kennesaw State; Alex Thompson, senior, Monmouth; Iosua Opeta, junior, Weber State; Ross Demmel, junior, Wofford.

Tight end — Ross Dwelley, senior, San Diego.

Receivers — Nathan Stewart, sophomore, Sam Houston State; Justin Watson, senior, Penn.

All-purpose player — Khris Gardin, senior, North Carolina A&T.

Kicker — Lorran Fonseca, junior, Nicholls.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Darin Greenfield, sophomore, South Dakota; Chris Terrell, sophomore, Central Arkansas; Ben Sorensen, senior, Sacramento State; Nick Wheeler, sophomore, Colgate.

Linebackers — Garrett Dolan, senior, Houston Baptist; Thomas Costigan, junior, Bryant; Christian Rozeboom, sophomore, South Dakota State.

Backs — Elijah Campbell, sophomore, Northern Iowa; Franklin McCain III, redshirt freshman, North Carolina A&T; Tremon Smith, senior, Central Arkansas; Davanta Reynolds, junior, North Carolina Central.

Punter — Austin Barnard, senior, Samford.