College Sports Journal FCS Spring 2021 All-America Team
February 18, 2021
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Sixty student-athletes in the NCAA Division I Football’s Championship Subdivision have been named to the Spring 2020 College Sports Journal Preseason FCS All-America Team.
Unlike other All-America teams, the CSJ’s honor’s squad is designed to be like a fielded team, capable of competing in a game possibly against a Top 5 Power Five School such as Clemson or Alabama. It includes everything from quarterbacks who can run or pass, to long snappers and other special teams performers. CSJ’s preseason all-America team also emphasizes players who have exhibited character and other team-oriented traits, not just lofty statistics, or talent.
Sixty players were selected as this is typically the travel roster for a travel team in the FCS.
Additionally, three players were selected as CSJ’s Preseason Players of the Year on Offense, Defense, and Special Teams. These awards went to Villanova QB Daniel Smith on Offense, Citadel LB Willie Eubanks III on Defense, and Monmouth WR/KR Lonnie Moore IV on Special Teams.
Smith was a dynamic force as a dual-threat quarterback in his first season with the Wildcats in 2019, earning a spot on the CAA Football Third Team Offense and ranking as one of the top signal callers in the nation. A transfer from Campbell, he threw for 3,274 yards with 35 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions while rushing for 457 yards and 12 scores. Smith averaged 287.0 yards of total offense per contest and led all of the FCS in the total number of points he was responsible for.
In addition to his 35 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing scores, Smith also caught a touchdown pass and wound up having a hand in 48 of the team’s 62 offensive touchdowns. He became only the fourth quarterback in school history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a single season and after just one season on the Main Line has already put himself into 10th place in school history in career passing as well as 11th in career total offense.
Already one of the most decorated linebackers in program history, Eubanks is coming off a four-game fall campaign that saw him record 43 tackles, 5.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks. He recorded at least eight tackles in every game, including a career-high 14 against Eastern Kentucky.
Following the 2019 season, Eubanks was a consensus All-America selection and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award. The SoCon Defensive Player of the Year finished the season with 112 tackles, 63 solo, 11.5 tackles-for-loss, 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and 11 quarterback hurries.
He was the first Bulldog to eclipse 100 tackles since Kailik Williams in 2016, and his tackle total was the highest since Travis Stephens (144) and Denny Haywood (134) in 2000.
Moore has earned national preseason All-America recognition at kickoff returner after averaging 27.8 yards per return and setting the NCAA FCS record with a 93-yard touchdown return in Monmouth’s second round game against James Madison. Moore finished last season with 19 returns for 529 yards. He was third in the league in all-purpose yards and had 1,022 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Additionally, Moore was one of the Big South’s most productive wide receivers a season ago, tying the Monmouth record with 74 receptions.
The College Sports Journal released an all-America team in the summer of 2020 before the FCS Championship season was cancelled. It was the basis of this spring team, and as teams committed to forego the spring season, some players were removed and other players added to the team. This team consists of players that are scheduled to play at least four games this spring.
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COLLEGE SPORTS JOURNAL SPRING 2021 PRESEASON FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Offensive Player of the Year: Daniel Smith, QB, Villanova
Defensive Player of the Year: Willie Eubanks III, LB, The Citadel
Special Teams Player of the Year: KR Lonnie Moore IV, Monmouth
See the full team below:
QB Daniel Smith, Villanova QB Reese Udinski, VMI QB Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington
RB Karl Mofor, UAlbany RB Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State RB Julius Chestnut, Sacred Heart RB Julien Gums, Nicholls
TE Brett Samson, South Dakota TE Trae Barry, Jacksonville State
C Colby Thomas, Sam Houston State C PJ Burkhalter, Nicholls OT Cordell Volson, NDSU OT Liam Fornadel, James Madison OG Zeveyon Furcron, Southern Illinois OG Atondre Smith, Arkansas-Pine Bluff OL D.J. Wright, San Diego OL Brian Foley, Holy Cross OL Drew Himmleman, Illinois State OL Ty Whitworth, Weber State
DE Spencer Waege, North Dakota State DE Malik Fisher, Villanova DE Jerry Garner, Mississippi Valley State DT Trace Mascorro, Sam Houston State DT Roderick Perry, South Carolina State DT Jared Schiess, Weber State DL Vaughn Taylor Jr., Morehead State DL Malik Hamm, Lafayette DL Micheal Mason, Wofford
OLB Christian Ellis, Idaho OLB Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham OLB Bryson Armstrong, Kennesaw State ILB Keonte Hampton, Jackson State ILB Aniello Buzzacco, Robert Morris ILB Willie Eubanks III, The Citadel LB Tyler Dressler, Richmond LB Logan Backhaus, South Dakota State LB John Staton, Samford
CB Devon King, UC Davis CB Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern Louisiana CB Jaylen Harris, Priarie View A&M S Kedrick Whitehead, Delaware S Brandon Dowdell, Chattanooga S JaQuez Akins, UT Martin DB Kordell Jackson, Austin Peay DB Evan Horn, New Hampshire DB Michael Tutsie, North Dakota State
P Brady Schutt, South Dakota K Luis Aguiar, Northern Arizona P/K Ethan Ratke, James Madison KR Lonnie Moore IV, Monmouth PR Montrell Washington, Samford LS Justin Hathoot Northern Arizona