Kupp and Hall Headline College Sports Journal FCS All-America Team
August 29, 2016
PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Last year’s Walter Payton Award winner Cooper Kupp and P.J. Hall of Sam Houston State are the centerpieces of the College Sports Journal preseason Football Championship Subdivision All-America team, which was announced on Friday as the 2016 FCS season is set to commence.
Kupp, the record-breaking redshirt senior receiver from Eastern Washington, has established himself as one of the top performers in FCS since earning the Jerry Rice Award and CSJ’s freshman of the year honors in 2013.
Kupp piled up 115 receptions for 1,642 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior and is expected to shatter most of the career pass receiving records held by the legendary Rice from Mississippi Valley State and David Ball of New Hampshire as he finishes up a sterling college career.
The son of former NFL quarterback Craig Kupp and the grandson of ex-NFL offensive lineman Jake Kupp has 311 career receptions for 4,764 yards and 55 touchdowns and an average of 15.3 yards per catch.
Hall has also been a dominant player since he arrived on the FCS scene in 2014, helping the Bearkats make back-to-back semifinal appearances in the playoffs as a defensive end and special teams ace.
The 6-foot-1, 280-pound playmaker has 94 solo stops, 171 total tackles, 23 sacks for 129 yards in losses, 52 tackles for loss and 16 pass breakups in his first two seasons. Hall has also 10 blocked kicks, including several that have helped lift the Bearkats to wins.
A total of 105 players are honored, with all 13 FCS conferences represented.
2016 FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Senior, Wide Receiver
Defensive Player of the Year P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State, Junior
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB Case Cookus, Northern Arizona, Sophomore RB Chase Edmonds, Fordham, Junior RB Kade Harrington, Lamar, Senior FB Tyler Renew, The Citadel, Senior WR Emmanuel Butler, Northern Arizona, Junior WR Anthony Warrum, Illinois State, Senior WR Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State, Junior AP DeVonte Dedmon, William & Mary, Junior TE Eric Saubert, Drake, Senior OT Julie’n Davenport, Bucknell, Senior OT Javarius Leamon, South Carolina State, Senior OG Eric Austell, Charleston Southern, Senior OG Jessamen Dunker, Tennessee State, Senior C Casey Dunn, Jacksonville State, Senior
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DE Keionta Davis, Chattanooga, Senior DE Karter Schult, UNI, Senior DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova, Senior DT Pat Ricard, Maine, Senior DT Copache Taylor, Yale, Senior LB Andrew Ankrah, James Madison, Junior LB Kourtney Berry, Alabama State, Senior LB Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State, Senior LB Chase Allen, Southern Illinois, Senior CB Dee Delaney, The Citadel, Junior CB Casey DeAndrade, New Hampshire, Senior S LeRoy Alexander, Youngstown State, Senior S David Jones, Richmond, Senior S Donald Payne, Stetson, Senior
FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS K Lance Geesey, Saint Francis, Senior P Chris Fraser, Cornell, Senior LS Joshua Appel, Indiana State, Senior KR Willie Quinn, Southern, Senior PR Khris Gardin, North Carolina A&T, Junior
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State, Senior RB Cory Avery, Sam Houston State, Junior RB Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T, Senior FB Joe Protheroe, Cal Poly, Junior TE Jesse Blackburn, Murray State, Senior WR Brendan Flaherty, Holy Cross, Senior WR Justin Watson, Penn, Junior WR Josh Barge, Jacksonville State, Senior AP Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard, Sophomore OT Max Rich, Harvard, Senior OT Anton Wahrby, Wofford, Senior OG Zack Johnson, North Dakota State, Senior OG Corey Levin, Chattanooga, Senior C Robert Rathje, UNI, Senior
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DL Anthony Ellis, Charleston Southern, Junior DE Ebenezer Ogundeko, Tennessee State, Junior DE Derek Rivers, Youngstown State, Senior DT Chance Bearnson, Southern Utah, Junior DT Cole Langer, South Dakota State, Senior LB Mac Bignell, Montana State, Junior LB Dylan Cole, Missouri State, Senior LB Omar Howard, Richmond, Senior LB Christian Kuntz, Duquesne, Senior CB Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas, Junior CB Xavier Coleman, Portland State, Senior S Jamerson Blount, Samford, Senior S Trey Robinson, Furman, Senior S Dorian Williams, Princeton, Senior
SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS K Nick Dorka, William and Mary, Junior P Keith Wrzuszczak, Eastern Kentucky, Junior LS Joseph Smith, Charleston Southern, Senior KR Lorenzo Jerome, St. Francis (PA), Senior PR Christian Searles, Dayton, Junior
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE QB Kyle Lauletta, Richmond, Junior RB Kendall Anderson, William and Mary, Senior RB Darius Victor, Towson, Senior FB Emmanuel Holder, Towson, Senior TE Phazahn Odom, Fordham, Senior WR Brian Brown, Richmond, Senior WR Lance Lenoir, Western Illinois, Senior WR Spearman Robinson, Western Carolina, Senior AP John Santiago, San Diego, Sophomore OT Taylor Gadbois, Southeastern Louisiana, Senior OT Jerry Ugokwe, William and Mary, Senior OG Cam Kelzur, Portland State, Senior OG Kyle Avaloy, Illinois State, Senior C Bruce Johnson, Maine, Senior
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE DE Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State, Junior DE Javancy Jones, Jackson State. Senior DT Jon Taylor, Southeastern Louisiana, Junior DT Matthew Sommer, Eastern Washington, Senior LB Austin Calitro, Villanova, Senior LB Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, Junior LB James Rentz, Sacred Heart, Senior LB Brett Taylor, Western Illinois, Junior LB Folarin Orimolade, Dartmouth, Senior CB Jamal Agnew, San Diego, Senior CB Taylor Reynolds, James Madison, Senior CB Josh Thornton, Southern Utah, Senior S Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA), Senior S Adam Jones, Northwestern State, Senior
THIRD TEAM SPECIALISTS K Zak Kennedy, Youngstown State, Sophomore P Ian Berryman, Western Carolina, Sophomore LS Joseph Smith, Charleston Southern, Senior KR Jacob Arnell, San Diego, Senior PR Ellis Onic, Northern Colorado, Junior