AFCA Announces 2014 FCS Coaches All-America Team

Three-time All-Americans South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner and Tennessee-Chattanooga defensive lineman Davis Tull headline the 2014 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

Zenner led the nation in rushing with 2,019 yards, averaging 144.2 yards on the ground per contest. He was tied for third nationally in rushing touchdowns with 22. Tull led the Southern Conference in sacks with 10.5 and was a leader on one of the nation’s best defenses. Both players have been named to the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team for the third time, marking the first time that a player has repeated the honor three times since Dexter Coakley did it for Appalachian State in 1996.

2014 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR *Cooper Kupp 6-2 195 So. Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin Yakima, Wash. (Davis)
WR R.J. Harris 6-0 201 Sr. New Hampshire Sean McDonnell Odenton, Md. (Arundel)
TE *MyCole Pruitt 6-3 255 Sr. Southern Illinois Dale Lennon St. Louis, Mo. (Kirkwood)
OL Chad Hamilton 6-3 305 Sr. Coastal Carolina Joe Moglia Charleston, S.C. (James Island)
OL Collin Seibert 6-4 290 Sr. Eastern Illinois Kim Dameron Oswego, Ill. (Oswego)
C Ronald Canty 6-0 277 Sr. North Carolina A&T Rod Broadway Chester, S.C. (Chester)
OL Joe Haeg 6-6 299 Jr. North Dakota State Chris Klieman Lake Shore, Minn. (Brainerd)
OL Jake Rodgers 6-6 315 Sr. Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park)
QB John Robertson 6-1 221 Jr. Villanova Andy Talley Paramus, N.J. (Paramus)
RB Gus Johnson 5-10 224 Sr. Stephen F. Austin Clint Conque Gilmer, Texas (Gilmer)
RB **Zach Zenner 6-0 220 Sr. South Dakota State John Stiegelmeier Eagan, Minn. (Eagan)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Mike Reilly 6-4 265 Sr. William & Mary Jimmye Laycock Old Tappan, N.J. (Northern Valley)
DL **Davis Tull 6-3 240 Sr. Tennessee-Chattanooga Russ Huesman Knoxville, Tenn. (Bearden)
DL Kyle Emanuel 6-3 251 Sr. North Dakota State Chris Klieman Schuyler, Neb. (Schuyler Central)
DL Zack Wagenmann 6-3 250 Sr. Montana Mick Delaney Missoula, Mont. (Sentinel)
LB Evan Byers 6-0 235 Sr. Bucknell Joe Susan Raleigh, N.C. (Trinity-Pawling)
LB Nick Thrasher 6-2 240 Sr. Tennessee State Rod Reed Morrow, Ga. (Mt. Zion)
LB Nick Dzubnar 6-2 250 Sr. Cal Poly Tim Walsh Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Mission Viejo)
DB Jaquiski Tartt 6-1 218 Sr. Samford Pat Sullivan Mobile, Ala. (Davidson)
DB De’Ante Saunders 5-11 200 Jr. Tennessee State Rod Reed DeLand, Fla. (DeLand)
DB Colten Heagle 5-11 206 Sr. North Dakota State Chris Klieman Appleton, Wis. (Kimberly)
DB Caleb Schaffitzel 6-0 217 Sr. Missouri State Terry Allen Fair Grove, Mo. (Fair Grove)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P *Kyle Loomis 6-2 230 Sr. Portland St. Nigel Burton Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg)
PK Michael Schmadeke 5-10 181 Jr. Northern Iowa Mark Farley Waterloo, Iowa (Columbus)
AP Johnta Hebert 5-10 195 Jr. Prairie View A&M Heishma Northern Baton Rouge, La. (Landry-Walker)

*-2013 All-American; **-2012-2013 All-American

Team Background: The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

The five teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively. In 2006, the AFCA started selecting an NAIA-only team.

From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. A return specialist was added in 1997, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006.

Top Teams: Montana has the most AFCA FCS All-America selections of any school with 24 selections by 23 players since 1979. The Grizzlies are followed by Eastern Kentucky (23/21), Appalachian State (23/17), Eastern Washington (21/19), Delaware (20/17), Northern Iowa (20/17), Furman (19/18), Portland State (16/15), Lehigh (15/15), Stephen F. Austin (15/14), Youngstown State (15/14), Eastern Illinois (15/13), New Hampshire (15/13), Grambling State (14/13), Jackson State (13/12), Weber State (13/12), Montana State (12/12) and James Madison (11/11) among current FCS schools.

Top Conference: The Colonial Athletic Association (formerly Atlantic 10) (125 appearances/115 players) is tops among all FCS conferences on the AFCA FCS Coaches All-America Team since 1979. Following the CAA is the Southern (113 appearances/98 players), Missouri Valley Football (formerly Gateway) (97/87), Big Sky (92/88), Ohio Valley (68/63), Southland (63/58), Southwestern Athletic (55/53), Patriot (49/48), Ivy League (33/33), Mid-Eastern Athletic (31/29), Northeast (15/13), Pioneer (13/13) and Big South (10/10). These totals reflect FCS selections only from current conference members. Several schools had additional players chosen when they played in divisions other than FCS.

2014 Conference-by-Conference Breakdown: Missouri Valley – 7; Big Sky – 5; Colonial – 3; Ohio Valley – 3; Southern – 2; Southland – 1; Big South – 1; Mid-Eastern Athletic – 1; Patriot – 1; Southwestern Athletic – 1.

Consecutive Years: Eastern Kentucky leads all schools, having had at least one player named to the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team in each of the first 15 years a FCS team was chosen (1979-93). Eastern Washington has the longest current streak at seven straight years from 2008 to present.

Long Time Coming: Senior center Ronald Canty makes the AFCA FCS All-America Team for North Carolina A&T, marking the first time the Aggies have had a representative since 1995, when offensive lineman Jamain Stephens made the team.

Repeat After Me: Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp, Southern Illinois’s MyCole Pruitt and Portland State’s Kyle Loomis were elected to the AFCA FCS All-American Team for the second consecutive year.

Third Time’s A Charm: South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner and Tennessee-Chattanooga defensive lineman Davis Tull join Linebackers Gary Reasons of Northwestern State (La.) (1981-83) and Dexter Coakley of Appalachian State (1994-96) as the only three-time AFCA All-Americans in Football Championship Subdivision.

Yearly Leaders: North Dakota State (2014-OL Joe Haeg, DL Kyle Emanuel and DB Colten Haegle) joins Alabama State (2012-OL Terren Jones, DB Kejuan Riley and P Bobby Wenzig), Grambling State (1979-DL Joe Gordon, LB Aldrich Allen and DB Robert Salters) and Jackson State (1996-QB Grailyn Pratt, LB Otha Evans and DB Sean Woodson) as the only schools to have more than two players named to the AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team in one year.

Two Players, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds and placekicker Greg Zuerlein are the only players to earn Coaches’ All-America honors at two different schools. Bounds was named to the AFCA College Division I team in 1990 while playing for West Texas A&M. He transferred to Texas Tech after West Texas dropped football and earned I-A All-America honors as a Red Raider in 1991. Zuerlein was named to the Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in 2009 while playing for Nebraska-Omaha. He transferred to Missouri Western State after Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program and earned Division II honors in 2011 as a Griffon.

Class Distinction: This year’s AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 19 seniors, five juniors and one sophomore.

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