Moses, Eachus lead AP’s FCS All-America team
Stephen F. Austin quarterback Jeremy Moses helped transform a
program that went 0-11 in his freshman year into a conference
champion and capped his record-breaking career with an All-American
The senior, who leads the nation in yards passing (3,998) and
touchdown passes (34), was selected to The Associated Press FCS
All-American team released Wednesday, along with running backs Nate
Eachus of Colgate and Taiwan Jones of Eastern Washington.
Moses, from Baytown, Texas, broke his leg in the first game of
his senior high school season and didn’t return until the playoffs.
What little interest there was from major college teams was gone by
that point and he was a day away from going to Blinn College, the
junior college in east Texas made famous by Auburn’s Cam Newton,
when he got a call from coach J.C. Harper, who had just taken the
job at SFA.
Moses accepted the offer, the campus sight unseen.
He worked his way from fourth-string to starter by the middle of
that winless first season.
”It really makes you look at yourself in the mirror and
re-evaluate,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday
The next season Harper scrapped the pro-style offense he had
been running, installed a spread similar to what Mike Leach used to
run at Texas Tech, and Moses has flourished ever since with the
”That’s been my biggest strength, being able to get the ball
out of my hands quickly,” he said.
Moses led the Lumberjacks to a Southland Conference title and a
spot in the FCS playoffs this season, setting conference records
for career yards passing and total offense along the way. He’s a
finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top player
in what used to be known as Division I-AA.
His teammate, receiver Gralyn Crawford, made the All-America
team as an all-purpose player.
”We want SFA to be in contention for a conference championship
every year,” Moses said. ”Nothing would make me happier than to
see SFA keep winning when I’m gone.”
Moses and SFA were eliminated in the second round of the
playoffs by defending FCS champion Villanova, which plays Jones and
Eastern Washington in a semifinal game Friday.
Jones, second in the nation in rushing, was joined on the
first-team by teammate J.C. Sherritt, a linebacker.
Offensive tackle Ben Ijalana, a 320-pound NFL prospect, was
Villanova’s lone All-American.
Appalachian State, with defensive end Jabari Fletcher and safety
Mark Legree, and Montana State, with offensive tackle Mike Person
and kicker Jason Cunningham, also placed two players on the
Appalachian State quarterback Deandre Presley, also a finalist
for the Payton Award, was selected to the second team.
The third-team quarterback was Pat Devlin of Delaware. The Penn
State transfer has led the Blue Hens to the semifinals, where
they’ll face Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Georgia Southern placed defensive tackle Brent Russell on the
Eachus led the nation in rushing at 170 yards per game –
including 147 yards on 35 carries against Syracuse – and scored 21
The receivers were Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Raymond Webber, who
leads the country in yards receiving with 1,429, and Southern
Utah’s Tysson Poots. Shadrae King of Robert Morris was the tight
Joining Ijalana and Person on the offensive line were Curt
Porter of Jacksonville State, David Arkin of Missouri State and
Will Rackley of Lehigh.
The other defensive linemen were Kenrick Ellis of Hampton and
Martin Parker of Richmond, both finalists for the Buck Buchanan
Award, which goes to the best defensive player in the FCS.
Western Illinois’ Kyle Glazier, the Missouri Valley Conference
defensive player of the year, and Tyler Holmes of Massachusetts,
the co-defensive player of the year in the Colonial Athletic
Association, were first-team linebackers along with Sherritt.
Trumaine Johnson of Montana, Korey Lindsey of Southern Illinois
and Eugene Clifford of Tennessee State round out secondary.
David Harrington of Idaho State was the punter.
Quarterback – Jeremy Moses, senior, 6-0, 195, Stephen F.
Running backs – Taiwan Jones, junior, 6-1, 200, Eastern
Washington; Nate Eachus, junior, 5-10, 216, Colgate.
Linemen – Ben Ijalana, senior, 6-4, 320, Villanova; Curt Porter,
senior, 6-7, 290, Jacksonville State; David Arkin, senior, 6-5,
302, Missouri State; Mike Person, senior, 6-5, 295, Montana State;
Will Rackley, senior, 6-4, 310, Lehigh.
Tight end – Shadrae King, junior, 6-3, 225, Robert Morris.
Receivers – Raymond Webber, senior, 6-3, 220, Arkansas-Pine
Bluff; Tysson Poots, senior, 6-3, 205, Southern Utah.
All-purpose player – Gralyn Crawford, sophomore, 5-10, 175,
Stephen F. Austin.
Kicker – Jason Cunningham, junior, 6-1, 175, Montana State.
Linemen – Kenrick Ellis, senior, 6-3, 280, Hampton; Jabari
Fletcher, senior, 6-3, 265, Appalachian State; Martin Parker,
senior, 6-3, 283, Richmond; Brent Russell, sophomore, 6-2, 287,
Linebackers – J.C. Sherritt, senior, 5-10, 220, Eastern
Washington; Kyle Glazier, senior, 6-1, 220, Western Illinois; Tyler
Holmes, junior, 6-0, 220, Massachusetts.
Defensive backs – Mark Legree, senior, 6-0, 220, Appalachian
State; Trumaine Johnson, junior, 6-3, 197, Montana; Korey Lindsey,
senior, 6-0, 190, Southern Illinois; Eugene Clifford, senior, 6-2,
205, Tennessee State.
Punter – David Harrington, junior, 6-3, 185, Idaho State.
Quarterback – Deandre Presley, junior, Appalachian State.
Running backs – Henry Harris, senior, Southeast Missouri State;
Eric Breitenstein, junior, Wofford.
Linemen – Johnny Culbreath, senior, South Carolina State; Ryan
McKnight, senior, South Dakota State; Corey Konycki, senior, Robert
Morris; Pat Illig, senior, Wofford; Michael Booker, senior,
Tight end – Andrew Kennedy, senior, Columbia.
Receivers – Marcus Harris, senior, Murray State; Aaron Mellette,
All-purpose player – Tavoy Moore, junior, Idaho State.
Kicker – Matt Bevins, junior, Liberty.
Linemen – Mario Kurn, junior, San Diego; Ameet Pall, junior,
Wofford; Dain Taylor, senior, Drake; Zack Nash, junior, Sacramento
Linebackers – Bryce Smith, senior, Samford; Matt Evans,
sophomore, New Hampshire; Eric McBride, senior, Richmond.
Defensive backs -James Vercammen, senior, Dayton; Dino Vasso,
senior, New Hampshire; Moses Ellis, senior, Prairie View A&M;
Charles James, sophomore, Charleston Southern.
Punter – David Miller, senior, William & Mary.
Quarterback – Pat Devlin, senior, Delaware.
Running backs – Kyle Minett, senior, South Dakota State; Frank
Warren, senior, Grambling State.
Linemen – Brett Moore, junior, Georgia Southern; Natiel Curry,
junior, Bethune-Cookman; Austin Zlab, senior, Northern Iowa; D.J.
Hall, junior, Texas State; Sean Middleton, senior, Southeast
Tight ends – Dean Rogers, senior, UC Davis.
Receivers – Joel Bradford, junior, Chattanooga; Chris Summers,
All-purpose player – Mark Rodgers, junior, Cal Poly.
Kicker – Adrian Mora, junior, Georgia Southern.
Linemen – Devon Langhorst, senior, Dayton; Kenneth Charles,
senior, Stephen F. Austin; Andrew Soucy, senior, Eastern Kentucky;
Josue Ortiz, senior, Harvard.
Linebackers – Jabara Williams, senior, Stephen F. Austin; Dejuan
Fulghum, senior, Texas Southern; D.J. Smith, senior, Appalachian
Defensive backs – Justin Rogers, senior, Richmond; Anthony
Bratton, senior, Delaware; Laron Scott, junior, Georgia Southern;
Anthony Walters, senior, Delaware.