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FCS ADA Announces All-Americans

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CLEVELAND – For the first time, the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA), in coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices, are recognizing the top student-athletes from its institutions at 11 different positions with the FCS ADA All-America Award. The inaugural class includes student-athletes from nine different institutions, representing five different conferences. Voting was conducted by a national panel, consisting of media and SIDs.  

 “The FCS ADA would like to congratulate the inaugural FCS ADA All-America award winners,” stated FCS ADA President Brian Hutchinson, director of athletics, Morehead State University. “We are happy to be a part of another program that recognizes our student-athletes and look forward to honoring more individuals with the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team in early January.”

From the 11 players listed below, a national Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year will be announced at a later date and recognized at the National Championship Game in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 4, during an on-field presentation.

The following student-athletes will earn 2013 All-America honors from the FCS ADA, as the top players from each of their positions:

 

Position

Name

Institution

QB

Jimmy Garoppolo

Eastern Illinois University

RB

Terrance West

Towson University

OL

Billy Turner

North Dakota State University

TE

MyCole Pruitt

Southern Illinois University

WR

Erik Lora

Eastern Illinois University

DL

Brad Daly

Montana State University

LB

Stephon Robertson

James Madison University

DB

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Tennessee State University

PK

Seth Sebastian

Southeastern Louisiana University

P

Kyle Loomis

Portland State University

RS

Xavier Roberson

Southeastern Louisiana University

 


BIOS - AWARD WINNERS:
QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Sr., Eastern Illinois
Named the 2013 Walter Payton Award Winner on Monday night ... Leads all Division I players (FBS/FCS) in passing yards (5,050) and touchdown passes (53) ... Set OVC season and career records for passing yards, total offense and touchdowns ... Has 11 games with 300-plus yards and 5 games with 400-plus yards; has thrown multiple touchdowns in 13 of 14 games, including 10 games with 3 or more TD passes. Only 9 interceptions in 568 attempts ... Had 361 yards and 3 touchdowns in win over FBS San Diego State and 450 yards and 6 touchdowns in 4-point loss (43-39) to undefeated FBS foe Northern Illinois ... Ranks 3rd on FCS single-season passing touchdowns list, 6th on career passing touchdowns list , 2nd on single-season passing yards list and 7th on career passing yards list.

RB Terrance West, Jr., Towson
Finished third in the balloting for the Walter Payton Award and was the top vote-getter amond running backs; CAA Football’s Offensive Player of the Year; leads FCS Football with 2,295 rushing yards in 14 games; averages 163.9 rushing yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry; rushed for 100-plus yards in 11 of 14 games and topped the 200-yard mark four times; already the leading career rusher in Towson history with 4,653 yards; named CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week four times in 2013; leads all divisions of college football with 39 touchdowns; tied the FCS single season record with 39 touchdowns, a mark he shares with Omar Cuff of Delaware; has set a CAA Football record with 81 career rushing touchdowns … his 81 career scores are just nine shy of the FCS record held by former NFL All-Pro Brian Westbrook of Villanova ... set an FCS Playoff record with 354 rushing yards in win over Eastern Illinois ... his 2,295 yards rushing are second highest single season total in NCAA FCS history;

WR Erik Lora, Sr., Eastern Illinois
Despite missing final game of regular season, ranked second in FCS with 19 receiving touchdowns and first in receptions/game (9.5), third in receiving yards/game (118.8) and third in total receiving yards (1,544) ... Has eight 100-yard receiving games and eight double-figure reception games this season; set school record with 18 career 100-yard receiving games ... Had 14 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns in 4-point (43-39) loss to undefeated FBS foe Northern Illinois ... Ranks second in FCS history with 332 career receptions; has set OVC records for season and career receptions; season and career touchdown receptions and season and career receiving yards. Holds FCS record for single-season receptions (136 set in 2012) ... Top WR vote-getter in Walter Payton Award balloting (7th overall). Ranked 11th all-time in FCS pass receiving yards with 4,006.

TE MyCole Pruitt, Jr., Southern Illinois
First-team all MVFC in 2013…Started 10 games…Leads all tight ends in the FCS and third overall in the MVFC with 4.8 receptions per game…Among tight ends, leads the MVFC and third in the nation with 601 receiving yards…Sixth in the MVFC with 60.1 receiving yards per game…Five touchdown catches, the most by a Saluki since 2008…Missed the final two games of the season after playing the second half against Missouri State with a broken leg…Southern Illinois’s all-time leader in career receptions (140) and receiving yards (1,740) by a tight end…2013 MVFC Preseason Team…CFPA National Performer of the Week 9/7/13…CFPA TE Honorable Mention 8/31/13, 9/21/13, 10/5/13, 10/12/13…2012 All-MVFC first team…2012 The Sports Network third-team All-American.

OL Billy Turner, Sr., North Dakota State
1st-Team all MVFC in 2013…Accepted invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl…All-American and four-year starter…Has made 40 straight starts at left tackle…Graded out at 90 percent this season without allowing a sack…103 knockdowns and zero sacks allowed in 13 games…Two-time MVFC Lineman of the Week…Had 10 knockdowns in a win at Southern Illinois when the Bison ran for 331 yards against nation’s fourth-ranked rushing defense…Season-high 12 knockdowns in the FCS quarterfinal win over Coastal Carolina as NDSU racked up 424 rushing yards…Graded out at 96 percent with 10 knockdowns in win at Kansas State.

PK Seth Sebastian, Sr., Southeastern Louisiana
Sebastian set a Southeastern record with 114 points this season, while also converting 16-of-18 field goals and 66-of-67 point after touchdowns … 13 field goals were from 30 or more yards, including three from beyond 40 yards … longest of the season was 46 yards in the season finale against Nicholls that clinched an outright Southland Conference title, the school’s first after joining the league in 2005 … kicked season-high three field goals against Nicholls … also had a 44 yarder against McNeese and a 45-yard field goal against Southeast Missouri … kicked two field goals in a 34-31 victory at Samford.

DL Brad Daly, Sr., Montana State
Monday night, Daly became the second straight Montana State defensive end to win the Buck Buchanan Award, which honors the outstanding defensive player in the FCS. The Big Sky Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year led the FCS with 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss during the regular season. All 14 of his sacks were solo, as were 20 of his tackles for loss ... His sacks per game (1.2) rank second in the nation. His tackles for loss per game (1.7) rank third in the nation ... Tallied 68 total tackles, seven QB hurries, two blocked kicks, two forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.

LB Stephon Robertson, Sr., James Madison
Runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award, CAA Football’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season and Richmond Touchdown Club State Division I Player of the Year; 141 total tackles in 2013, including 52 solos, 17.0 TFL, 5.0 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five pass breakups; completed his career with 445 tackles, which is fourth all-time at JMU; currently FCS’ active career leader in total tackles, solo tackles and assisted tackles; led league in total tackles and TFL; third in the FCS with 11.8 tackles per game and 17th in TFL with 1.4 per game; three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Week this season; recorded a league season-high 5.0 TFL at William & Mary; double-digit stops in nine of 12 games played while totaling team-high tackles in eight of those

DB Daniel Fitzpatrick, Jr., Tennessee State
Ranked first nationally in total interceptions (8); returned three of those interceptions for touchdowns, including a 50-yarder against Jackson State, a 20-yarder against UT Martin and a 26-yarder at Butler ... Was part of secondary that ranked third nationally in total passes intercepted (21) and a defense that was sixth nationally in total defense (296.9 yards/game) and seventh in scoring defense (18.1 points/game) ... Overall had 75 tackles (52 solo), 5.5 TFL and eight pass breakups ... Had a season-high nine tackles in victory at nationally-ranked Jacksonville State ... Team finished second in the OVC and won a playoff game for the first time since 1986

P Kyle Loomis, Jr., Portand State
Was a starting punter as a freshman at Oregon State in 2006, then left the program; joined the Army in 2007 and served until 2011... planned to return to school for winter term 2013. He earned the starting punter job at Portland State and led the nation with a 46.5 average... that mark also smashed the Portland State record (42.8)... earned virtually every available post-season honor being named 1st team All-Big Sky Conference as well as PSU’s Special Teams Player of the Year... out of 56 punts, placed 18 inside the 20-yard line... there were 17 punts fair caught... PSU’s 41.7 net punting average also led the nation... had 18 punts over 50 yards, including two punts of 67 and one of 66 yards... also served is the main kickoff man with 37 kicks for a 57.8 average and nine touchbacks.

RS Xavier Roberson, So., Southeastern Louisiana
Roberson earned All-Southland honors for the second consecutive season, garnering first-team honors as a sophomore as a kick return specialist and as an all-purpose player on offense … he led the nation with 35.2 yards per kickoff return and three kickoff returns for touchdowns … his five touchdown returns in two seasons is already a Southland record … he averaged 113.6 all-purpose yards per game, totaling 538 rushing yards, 137 receiving yards and 915 kick return yards for total of 1,590 all-purpose yards … scored six rushing touchdowns and had one touchdown reception.


Of the 11 student-athletes, seven participated in the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship, including two (Billy Turner of NDSU and Terrance West of Towson) who will appear in semifinal games this weekend (Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21).

About the FCS ADA: Now in its 20th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com.  The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 49th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.