New York, NY, July 15, 2016 (Newswire.com) - In conjunction with the 2016 NUC Sports FCS Preseason Poll, National Analyst/Pollster Barry Every has compiled his Preseason FCS All-American Teams. Below are those players that have been selected to the NUC Sports FCS First Team. Each player is listed with school, year of eligibility for the 2016 season and their respective 2015 statistics or awards.
There are 11 conferences represented on the First Team with the MVFC leading the way with five representatives. They are followed by the CAA (4), Patriot (4), Big Sky (3), Southland (3), SoCon (2) and the NEC (2). The OVC, Big South, Pioneer and MEAC all have one representative.
"These represent the very best of the FCS. Many of these players will be playing on Sundays once their college career is over."
Barry Every, Vice President of Recruiting & Analysis, NUC Sports
Offensively the nation’s leading rusher, Kade Harrington of Lamar and receiver, Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington, have both returned for their senior seasons. Harrington also led the nation in scoring while Kupp caught the most touchdown passes last year.
Defensively Richmond defensive back David Jones was tied for tops in the country with nine picks. Christian Kuntz of Duquesne led the nation in TFL’s with 26 and Stetson safety Donald Payne led the nation in solo tackles.
Let’s not forget about special teams. Nick Dorka of William & Mary led the nation with 21 made field goals. Lorenzo Jerome of St. Francis led the nation in kickoff return yard average and Khris Gardin of North Carolina A&T led the nation in both average yards per punt return and punt returns for a touchdown.
Coming soon will be both the Second and Third Team NUC Sports FCS All-Americans.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSESTATS/AWARDS
QB Kevin Anderson, Fordham, Sr.229 of 342 for 3,183 yards 32 TD’s 10 INT’s; 341 yard rushing one TD
RB Chase Edmonds, Fordham, Jr.251 carries 1,648 yards 20 TD’s; 31 catches 383 yards five TD’s
RB Kade Harrington, Lamar, Sr.266 carries 2,092 yards 21 TD’s; 14 catches 213 yards two TD’s
WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Sr.114 catches for 1,642 yards 19 TD’s
WR Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State, Jr.72 catches for 1,472 yards 11 TD’s
WR Anthony Warrum, Illinois State, Sr.58 catches for 1,290 yards 15 TD’s
TE Phazahn Odom, Fordham, Sr.37 catches for 492 yards seven TD’s
OL Corey Levin, Chattanooga, Sr.2015 First Team All-Southern Conference
OL Julie’n Davenport, Bucknell, Sr.2015 First Team All-Patriot League
OL Casey Dunn, Jacksonville State, Sr.2015 First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference
OL Erik Austell, Charleston Southern, Sr.2015 First Team All-Big South
OL Zach Johnson, North Dakota State, Sr.2015 First Team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference
First Team DefenseStats/Awards
DE Keionta Davis, Chattanooga, Sr.39 tackles, 17 TFL’s and 13.5 sacks
DE Karter Schult, Northern Iowa, Sr.81 tackles, 23.5 TFL’s and 14 sacks
DL PJ Hall, Sam Houston State, Jr.75 tackles, 22 TFL’s, 11 sacks, five BK’s and two INT’s
DL Caleb Kidder, Montana, Sr.82 tackles, 10 TFL’s and 3.5 sacks
LB Andrew Ankrah, James Madison, Jr.56 tackles, 11 TFL’s and 10.5 sacks
LB Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State, Sr.135 tackles, 10 TFL’s, three sacks and two INT’s
LB Christian Kuntz, Duquesne, Sr.72 tackles, 26 TFL’s, 11 sacks and four INT’s
CB Taylor Reynolds, James Madison, Sr.46 tackles, 16 PBU’s and three INT’s
CB Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas, Jr.51 tackles, 12 PBU’s and five INT’s
S Donald Payne, Stetson, Sr.125 tackles, 16.5 TFL’s, 12 PBU’s and two INT’s
S David Jones, Richmond, Sr.97 tackles, three PBU’s and nine INT’s
First Team Special TeamsStats/Awards
K Nick Dorka, William & Mary, Jr.21 of 25 FG’s long of 51, 47 of 47 XP’s
P Mitch Meindel, North Dakota, Jr.51 punts for 1,269 yards, 44.5 yard average
KR Lorenzo Jerome, St. Francis, Sr.17 KOR for 531 yards (31.2 yard average) and two TD’s
PR Khris Gardin, North Carolina A&T, Jr.32 PR for 740 yards (23.1 yard average) three TD’s
Source: NUC Sports