Three Bearkats named to AP FCS All-American Team

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NEW YORK -- Payton Award finalists Taylor Heinicke, the record-setting quarterback from Old Dominion, and Eric Breitenstein, the 2,000-yard rusher from Wofford, have been selected to The Associated Press FCS All-America team.

Heinicke had the most prolific passing season in the history of what used to be called Division I-AA football. The sophomore from Georgia passed for 5,076 yards and had 5,546 yards of total offense, breaking records set by the late Steve McNair when he was at Alcorn State in 1994.

Breitenstein is making his second straight appearance as a first-team All-American. The senior ran for 2,035 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.

The Walter Payton Award goes to the top player in FCS.

AP FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Taylor Heinicke, sophomore, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Old Dominion.

Running backs — Miguel Maysonet, senior, 5-10, 205, Stony Brook; Eric Breitenstein, senior, 5-11, 230, Wofford.

Offensive linemen — Earl Watford, senior, 6-4, 290, James Madison; Mike Sellers, junior, 6-0, 295, The Citadel; Will Post, senior, 6-6, 295, Eastern Washington; Bill Turner, junior, 6-6, 300, North Dakota State; Roger Gaines, senior, 6-6, 320, Tennessee State.

Tight end — Kyle Juszczyk, senior, 6-3, 240, Harvard.

Receivers — Aaron Mellett, senior, 6-4, 220, Elon; Erik Lora, 5-10, 181, junior, Eastern Illinois.

All-purpose player — Walter Powell, junior, 6-0, 180, Murray State.

Kicker — Patrick Murray, senior, 5-7, 160, Fordham.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Caleb Schreibeis, senior, 6-3, 252, Montana State; Colton Underwood, junior, 6-4, 255, Illinois State; Brent Russell, senior, 6-2, 300, Georgia Southern; Brandon Thurmond, senior, 6-2, 260, Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Linebackers — Matt Evans, senior, 6-0, 228, New Hampshire; Jody Owens, senior, 6-0, 223, Montana State; Robert McCabe, senior, 6-2, 230, Georgetown.

Defensive backs — Darnell Taylor, senior, 6-0, 195, Sam Houston State; Marcus Williams, junior, 5-11, 194, North Dakota State; Jaquiski Tartt, sophomore, 6-1, 220, Samford; Cooper Taylor, senior, 6-5, 235, Richmond.

Punter — Sam Martin, senior, 6-1, 205, Appalachian State.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Casey Brockman, senior, Murray State.

Running backs — Zach Zenner, sophomore, South Dakota State; Deonte Williams, senior, Cal Poly.

Linemen — Terren Jones, senior, Alabama State; Michael Bamiro, junior, Stony Brook; Bryan Witzmann, junior, South Dakota State; J.C. Tretter, senior, Cornell; Corey Howard, senior, Central Arkansas.

Tight end — A.C. Leonard, sophomore, Tennessee State.

Receivers — Jordan Harris, junior, Bryant; Brandon Kaufman, junior, Eastern Washington.

All-purpose player — Dominic Dunn, senior, Northern Colorado.

Kicker — Colton Cook, junior, Southern Utah.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Cody Larsen, senior, Southern Utah; Davis Tull, sophomore, Chattanooga; Mike Catapano, senior, Princeton; Zach Wagenmann, sophomore, Montana.

Linebackers — Jeremy Kimbrough, senior, Appalachian State; Stephon Robertson, junior, James Madison; Blake Peiffer, senior, Southeast Misssouri.

Defensive backs — Robert Alford, senior, Southeastern Louisiana; B.W. Webb, senior, William & Mary; Demetrius McCray, senior, Appalachian State; Johnny Towalid, senior, Indiana State.

Punter — Andy Wilder, junior, Northern Arizona.

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Gavin McCarney, junior, Colgate.

Running backs — Shakir Bell, junior, Indiana State; Tim Flanders, junior, Sam Houston State.

Linemen — Randy Richards, senior, Missouri State; Garrett Frye, sophomore, Georgia Southern; Aaron Adams, senior, Eastern Kentucky; Sean Davies, senior, UC Davis; Dakota Dozier, junior, Furman.

Tight end — Josh Hill, senior, Idaho State.

Receivers — Cordell Roberson, senior, Stephen F. Austin; Kevin Norrell, senior, Stony Brook.

All-purpose player — Tyler Varga, sophomore, Yale.

Kicker — Jimmy Pavel, senior, Eastern Washington.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Caraun Reid, senior, Princeton; Ken Boatright, senior, Southern Illinois; Joseph Lebeau, senior, Jackson State; Andrew Weaver, junior, Sam Houston State.

Linebackers — Jordan Tripp, junior, Montana; Keith Pough, senior, Howard; Ian Sluss, senior, Portland State.

Defensive backs — Kejuan Riley, senior, Alabama State; Steven Godbolt, sophomore, Tennessee State; Ben Ericksen, senior, Illinois State; Caleb Schaffitzel, sophomore, Missouri State.

Punter — Bobby Wenzig, junior, Alabama State.




 
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