SE QB Kelley, ETSU RB Holmes leads the All-American AP FCS

Louisiana Southeast quarterback Cole Kelley, East Tennessee State running back Quay Holmes and Montana State linebacker Troy Andersen highlight the Associated Press All-America team FCS released on Tuesday.

Kelley and Holmes are among the finalists for the Walter Payton Award, awarded to the most outstanding player in the NCAA Championship Division. Andersen is a finalist for FCS Defensive Player of the Year, the Buck Buchanan Award.

The AP FCS All-America team presented by Regions Bank is selected by a panel of media members and sports information directors in collaboration with COSIDA.

Montana State, which faces South Dakota State on Saturday in the FCS semifinals, was one of five schools to place two players on the All-America First Team. Andersen was joined by Bobcats offensive lineman Lewis Kidd.

Montana cornerback Justin Ford and kicker Brian Buschini were selected for the first team.

Morehead State placed wide receiver BJ Byrd and defensive lineman Vaughn Taylor on the first team. Northern Iowa had a first team on each line with Jared Brinkman on defense and Trevor Penning on offense.

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Villanova had linebacker Forrest Rhyne and cornerback Christian Benford on the team’s first defense.

North Dakota State and James Madison, the other playoff semi-finalists, were tied for most players selected from the three teams with a total of four. Sam Houston State, who entered the No.1 seed but was upset by Montana State last week, also had four players on all three teams.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback – Cole Kelley, senior, Southeast Louisiana.

Running backs – Quay Holmes, senior, East Tennessee State; Pierre Strong, senior, State of South Dakota.

Offensive linemen – Trevor Penning, junior, Northern Iowa; PJ Burkhalter, senior, Nicholls State; Cordell Volson, senior, State of North Dakota; Lewis Kidd, senior, State of Montana; Braxton Jones, senior, southern Utah.

Close End – Kemari Averett, Sr., Bethune-Cookman.

Receivers – Xavier Gipson, junior, Stephen F. Austin; BJ Byrd, senior, Morehead State; Jalyn Witcher, first year, Presbyterian.

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Versatile player – Montrell Washington, senior, Samford.

Kicker – Ethan Ratke, senior, James Madison.

DEFENSE

Linemen – Nate Lynn, senior, William & Mary; Vaughn Taylor, senior, Morehead State; Jared Brinkman, senior, Northern Iowa; Isaiah Chambers, senior, McNeese State.

Linebackers – Troy Andersen, senior, Montana State; Isaiah Land, junior, Florida A&M; Forrest Rhyne, senior, Villanova.

Defensive backs – Justin Ford, senior, Montana; Christian Benford, senior, Villanova; Darius Joiner, senior, western Illinois; Johnathan Edwards, senior, Austin Peay; Decobie Durant, senior, State of South Carolina.

Bettor – Brian Buschini, sophomore, Montana.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback – Eric Barriere, senior, Eastern Washington.

Running backs – Geno Hess, senior, SE Missouri State; Isaiah Ifanse, junior, Montana State.

Offensive linemen – Cody Mauch, senior, North Dakota State; Michael Corbi, senior, Villanova; Matt Waletzko, senior, North Dakota; ZeVeyon Furcron, senior, southern Illinois; Justin Redd, senior, State of Norfolk.

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Tight end – Tucker Kraft, second year, State of South Dakota.

Receivers – Taylor Grimes, senior, Incarnate Word; Tyler Hudson, junior, central Arkansas; Christian Watson, senior, State of North Dakota.

Versatile player – Jacob Saylors, senior, East Tennessee State.

Kicker – Jose Pizano, sophomore, State of Missouri.

DEFENSE

Linemen – Jahari Kay, Senior, Sam Houston State; Devonnsha Maxwell, junior, Chattanooga; Josiah Silver, freshman, New Hampshire; Bryce Carter, senior, James Madison.

Linebackers – Patrick O’Connell, junior, Montana; Jacob Dobbs, junior, Sainte-Croix; James Houston, senior, Jackson State.

Defensive backs – Jordan Jones, junior, Rhode Island; Koby Perry, senior, Austin Peay; Brandon Dowdell, senior, Chattanooga; Devin Hafford, Sr., State of Tarleton; Montrae Braswell, second year, State of Missouri.

Bettor – Daniel Whelan, senior, UC Davis.

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback – Cole Johnson, senior, James Madison.

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running backs – Ramon Jefferson, junior, Sam Houston State; Jaleel McLaughlin, junior, State of Youngstown.

Offensive Linemen – Tre’Mond Shorts, senior, East Tennessee State; Colby Thomas, senior, Sam Houston State; Jaylin Hendrix, senior, Central Arkansas; Cole Strange, senior, Chattanooga; Jake Guidone, senior, Dartmouth.

Tight End – Ryan Miller, Sr., Furman.

Receivers – Dai’Jean Dixon, senior, Nicholls State; Dennis Houston, senior, western Illinois; Caleb Snead, senior, Campbell.

Versatile player – Xavier Shepherd, sophomore, Kennesaw State.

Kicker – Chris Campos, rookie redshirt, Stephen F. Austin.

DEFENSE

Linemen – Brayden Thomas, Senior, State of North Dakota; Clay Patterson, second year, Yale; Brevin Allen, senior, Campbell; Josiah Erickson, senior, State of Sacramento.

Linebackers – Kelechi Anyalebechi, senior, Incarnate Word; Matt Shotwell, senior, Cal Poly; David Hoage, sophomore, northern Colorado.

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Defensive backs – Markquese Bell, senior, Florida A&M; Zy Alexander, sophomore, Southeast Louisiana; Zyon McCollum, senior, Sam Houston State; Clayborne Fields III, junior, Marist; Greg Ross, senior, James Madison.

Gambler – Grant Burkett, sophomore, State of Missouri.

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