Garoppolo, West, Daly lead AP FCS All-America team
Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and fellow Walter
Payton Award finalist Terrance West of Towson were selected to The
Associated Press FCS All-America team released Wednesday.
Garoppolo passed for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns and won the
Payton award as the top player in FCS. The senior led Eastern
Illinois (12-2) to the quarterfinals of the NCAA playoffs. He is
the second EIU player to win the Payton award, joining Dallas
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (2002).
West has run for 2,295 yards and tied an FCS record with 39
touchdowns to help Towson (12-2) reach this weekend’s semifinals
after it eliminated Eastern Illinois last week.
Montana State defensive end Brad Daly, who won the Buck Buchanan
Award as the top defensive player in FCS, was selected to the
first-team defense, along with cornerback Marcus Williams of
two-time defending national champion North Dakota State.
North Dakota State also placed offensive tackle Billy Turner on
the first team. Turner, Williams and Eastern Illinois receiver Erik
Lora are first-team All-Americans for the second consecutive
Towson offensive lineman Eric Pike joined teammate West on the
first team. Eastern Washington, which hosts Towson in Saturday’s
semifinal, also had two first-team All-Americans in redshirt
freshman receiver Cooper Kupp and offensive lineman Ashton
Samford has linebacker Justin Shade and Fabian Truss at
all-purpose player on the first team. Montana had two first-teamers
in offensive lineman Danny Kistler and linebacker Jordan Tripp.
EWU quarterback Vernon Adams, who was runner-up to Garoppolo in
the Payton voting, made the second team, and North Dakota State
quarterback Brock Jensen was a third-team selection.
South Dakota State’s Zach Zenner, who ran for 2,015 yards and 23
touchdowns, is the other first-team running back. MyCole Pruitt of
Southern Illinois is the All-American tight end. Furman’s Dakota
Dozier rounds out the offensive line. Seth Sebastien of
Southeastern Louisiana is the kicker.
James Madison’s Stephon Robertson, who was runner-up to Daly for
the Buchanan award, joined Tripp and Shade at linebacker.
The other first-team defensive linemen are: Shaquille Riddick of
Gardner-Webb; Davis Tull of Chattanooga; and Sullivan Grosz of Cal
Joining Williams in the defensive backfield is Daniel
Fitzpatrick of Tennessee State, who leads the nation with eight
interceptions. Caleb Schaffitzel of Missouri State and Jerome
Couplin of William & Mary complete the secondary.
Kyle Loomis of Portland State is the All-America punter.