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12-14-2012, 01:38 AM
12-12-2012 01:00 PM
NEW YORK -- Payton Award finalists Taylor Heinicke, the record-setting quarterback from Old Dominion, and Eric Breitenstein, the 2,000-yard rusher from Wofford, were 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.
''What Taylor did this year from an individual standpoint is nothing short of incredible,'' ODU coach Bobby Wilder said Wednesday.
''We build our system around our quarterback and what we feel like are his strengths. To run an offense that suits their needs. As (Heinicke) has gotten comfortable in our system, we've become more of a throwing team because of his comfort level.''
Directing the Monarchs' fast-paced spread, Heinicke also set FCS records for completions (398) and total plays (705). And Heinicke ran for 470 yards and 11 touchdowns.
''He understands our philosophy is to find a way to move the chains,'' Wilder said. ''If you need to run the ball, you run it to get a critical first down and those first downs lead to touchdowns. Protect the ball and find a way to move the chains.''
Heinicke did just that in September against New Hampshire when he passed for a Division I record 730 yards in a 64-61 victory. He threw 79 passes in that game without an interception.
Old Dominion finished 11-2 record, losing last week to Georgia Southern, 49-35, in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Breitenstein made his second consecutive appearance as a first-team All-American. The 230-pound senior fullback ran for 2,035 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.
The Walter Payton Award goes to the top player in FCS. Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman, the other finalist for the Payton Award, was picked second-team All-American.
Joining Heinicke and Breitenstein in the first-team backfield was Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet, who ran for 1,964 and 21 touchdowns.
Eastern Illinois' Erik Lora and Elon's Aaron Mellette, ranked 1-2 in the nation in catches and yards receiving, were the receivers and Harvard's Kyle Juszczyk was the tight end.
A couple of guys who will be playing in this weekend's FCS semifinals highlight the offensive line.
Bill Turner and North Dakota State host Georgia Southern on Friday night and Will Post and Eastern Washington host Sam Houston State on Saturday.
The other linemen were Earl Watford from James Madison, Mike Sellers from The Citadel and Roger Gaines from Tennessee State.
The defense is led by Georgia Southern's 300-pound defensive tackle Brent Russell and Georgetown linebacker Robert McCabe, who leads the nation with 14.45 tackles per game.
Brandon Thurmond of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the nation's leader with 17 1/2 sacks, joined Russell on the line along with Colton Underwood of Illinois State.
Montana State placed two players on the defense. End Caleb Schreibeis leads FCS with eight forced fumbles and linebacker Cody Owens was the Big Sky defensive player of the year.
New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans, who was a second-team All-American last year, made the first team this year.
Defensive back Marcus Williams of North Dakota State joined Breitenstein as a two-time All-American and became the only defensive player to repeat this season.
North Dakota State and Montana State were the only teams to place two players on the first team.
The other defensive backs were Darnell Taylor of Sam Houston State, Jaquiski Tartt of Samford and Cooper Taylor of Richmond.
Walter Powell of Murray State was the all-purpose player. He had 1,213 yards receiving and more than 900 yards returning kicks and punts.
Patrick Murray of Fordham was the kicker and Sam Martin of Appalachian State was the punter.

AP FCS All-Americans -- First Team
Position
Player
School
Year


OFFENSE


Quarterback
Taylor Heinicke
Old Dominion
Sophomore


Running Back
Miguel Maysonet
Stony Brook
Senior


Running Back
Eric Breitenstein
Wofford
Senior


Lineman
Earl Watford
James Madison
Senior


Lineman
Mike Sellers
The Citadel
Junior


Lineman
Will Post
Eastern Washington
Senior


Lineman
Bill Turner
North Dakota State
Junior


Lineman
Roger Gaines
Tennessee State
Senior


Tight End
Kyle Juszczyk
Harvard
Senior


Wide Receiver
Aaron Mellett
Elon
Senior


Wide Receiver
Erik Lora
Eastern Illinois
Junior


All Purpose
Walter Powell
Murray State
Junior


Kicker
Patrick Murray
Fordham
Senior


DEFENSE


Lineman
Caleb Schreibeis
Montana State
Senior


Lineman
Colton Underwood
Illinois State
Junior


Lineman
Brent Russell
Georgia Southern
Senior


Lineman
Brandon Thurmond
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Senior


Linebacker
Matt Evans
New Hampshire
Senior


Linebacker
Jody Owens
Montana State
Senior


Linebacker
Robert McCabe
Georgetown
Senior


Defensive Back
Darnell Taylor
Sam Houston State
Senior


Defensive Back
Marcus Williams
North Dakota State
Junior


Defensive Back
Jaquiski Tartt
Samford
Sophomore


Defensive Back
Cooper Taylor
Richmond
Senior


Punter
Sam Martin
Appalachian State
Senior




AP FCS All-Americans -- Second Team
Position
Player
School
Year


OFFENSE


Quarterback
Casey Brockman
Murray State
Senior


Running Back
Zach Zenner
South Dakota State
Sophomore


Running Back
Deonte Williams
Cal Poly
Senior


Lineman
Terren Jones
Alabama State
Senior


Lineman
Michael Bamiro
Stony Brook
Junior


Lineman
Bryan Witzmann
South Dakota State
Junior


Lineman
J.C. Tretter
Cornell
Senior


Lineman
Corey Howard
Central Arkansas
Senior


Tight End
A.C. Leonard
Tennessee State
Sophomore


Wide Receiver
Jordan Harris
Bryant
Junior


Wide Receiver
Brandon Kaufman
Eastern Washington
Junior


All Purpose
Dominic Dunn
Northern Colorado
Senior


Kicker
Colton Cook
Southern Utah
Junior


DEFENSE


Lineman
Cody Larsen
Southern Utah
Senior


Lineman
Davis Tull
Chattanooga
Senior


Lineman
Mike Catapano
Princeton
Senior


Lineman
Zach Wagenmann
Montana
Sophomore


Linebacker
Jeremy Kimbrough
Appalachian State
Senior


Linebacker
Stephon Robertson
James Madison
Junior


Linebacker
Blake Peiffer
Southeast Missouri State
Senior


Defensive Back
Robert Alford
Southeastern Louisiana
Senior


Defensive Back
B.W. Webb
William & Mary
Senior


Defensive Back
Demetrius McCray
Appalachian State
Senior


Defensive Back
Johnny Towalid
Indiana State
Senior


Punter
Andy Wilder
Northern Arizona
Junior




AP FCS All-Americans -- Third Team
Position
Player
School
Year


OFFENSE


Quarterback
Gavin McCarney
Colgate
Junior


Running Back
Shakir Bell
Indiana State
Junior


Running Back
Tim Flanders
Sam Houston State
Junior


Lineman
Randy Richards
Missouri State
Senior


Lineman
Garrett Frye
Georgia Southern
Sophomore


Lineman
Aaron Adams
Eastern Kentucky
Senior


Lineman
Sean Davies
UC Davis
Senior


Lineman
Dakota Dozier
Furman
Junior


Tight End
Josh Hill
Idaho State
Senior


Wide Receiver
Cordell Roberson
Stephen F. Austin
Senior


Wide Receiver
Kevin Norrell
Stony Brook
Senior


All Purpose
Tyler Varga
Yale
Sophomore


Kicker
Jimmy Pavel
Eastern Washington
Senior


DEFENSE


Lineman
Caraun Reid
Princeton
Senior


Lineman
Ken Boatright
Southern Illinois
Senior


Lineman
Joseph Lebeau
Jackson State
Senior


Lineman
Andrew Weaver
Sam Houston State
Junior


Linebacker
Jordan Tripp
Montana
Junior


Linebacker
Keith Pough
Howard
Senior


Linebacker
Ian Sluss
Portland State
Senior


Defensive Back
Kejuan Riley
Alabama State
Senior


Defensive Back
Steven Godbolt
Tennessee State
Sophomore


Defensive Back
Ben Ericksen
Illinois State
Senior


Defensive Back
Caleb Schaffitzel
Missouri State
Sophomore


Punter
Bobby Wenzig
Alabama State
Junior





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