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FVSU's Wimbush and FSU's Williams named AFCA All-Americans

December 10, 2004

WACO, TEX. - Fort Valley State running back Derrick Wimbush and Fayetteville State defensive back Walt Williams have been named Division II All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team is made up of players from NCAA Division II and NAIA institutions.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all four of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best - the coaches themselves.

THE OFFENSE
Quarterback Chad Friehauf of Colorado School of Mines is the signal-caller on the 2004 AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team. A finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, he set NCAA Division II records for total offense (4,319) and passing yards (3,746) and scored at least three touchdowns, passing and running, in every game during the 2004 season.

Friehauf's receiving corps on this year's team features Jamaica Rector of Northwest Missouri State, Chris Samp of Winona State and Leonard Weaver of Carson-Newman.

Rector is one of two repeat All-Americans from last season. He finished eighth in the nation in receptions per game with 7.3, and averaged 100.3 yards per contest. Samp finished second in the nation with 132.1 yards receiving per game and scored 21 touchdowns. Weaver is the tightend on this year's squad. He averaged 21.9 yards per catch and scored eight touchdowns.

Shippensburg's John Kuhn and Fort Valley State's Derrick Wimbush are the runningbacks on this year's team. Kuhn ranked 17th in the nation in rushing yards per game with 124.6 and totaled 1,371 yards with 14 touchdowns. Wimbush set the Fort Valley State record for most 200-yard rushing games in a season (four) and most rushing touchdowns in a season (22).

The offensive line features Joe Berger of Michigan Tech, Jahri Evans of Bloomsburg, Nathan Baker of Pittsburg State, Todd Herremans of Saginaw Valley and Vinnie Olson of Sioux Falls.

Berger is the first player in Michigan Tech history to make the Coaches' All-America Team. He didn't allow a sack this season and averaged six pancake blocks per game. Evans anchored an offensive line that helped Bloomsburg lead the PSAC in rushing at 299.4 yards per game. Baker was a vital part of the Pittsburg State offense that led the nation in total offense (648.1) and rushing offense (374.3). Herremans was GLIAC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year with fellow All-America team member, Joe Berger. He anchored an offensive line that helped Saginaw Valley average 423.1 yards of total offense. Olson earned first team All-GPAC honors on a team that was ranked No. 1 for most of the season in NAIA.

THE DEFENSE
The defense is led by Ferris State linebacker Kevin Myers, a repeat All-American from last year. Myers totaled 133 tackles and finished 10th in the nation in solo tackles with 6.5 per game. Joining Myers at linebacker are Joe Gangemi of C.W. Post, Jeff Howard of Eastern New Mexico and Digger Anderson of North Dakota.

Gangemi led the Northeast-10 Conference with 102 total tackles and recorded 14 tackles for a loss. Howard recorded 115 total tackles and led the Lone Star Conference with 6.1 solo tackles per game. Anderson recorded 85 tackles, 10.5 for a loss and three sacks.

Leading the way on the defensive line is Keyonta Marshall from Grand Valley State. Marshall ranked 30th in the nation with 1.6 tackles for a loss and totaled 25 on the year with six sacks. East Central's Justin Brown was the LSC North Division Defensive Lineman of the Year while recording 72 tackles and 12 sacks. Northwood's Chris Wilson led the team with seven sacks and 13 tackles for a loss while earning first team All-GLIAC honors. Ken Triplett of North Alabama rounds out this year's defensive line. He recorded 44 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and four sacks.

The secondary is led by Fayetteville State's Walt Williams. Williams earned CIAA All-Conference honors by recording 16 passes defended, seven interceptions and 33 total tackles. Central Methodist's Bubba Stutzer had nine passes defended including five interceptions and recorded 100 total tackles. Lindenwood's DeDe Dorsey rounds out the secondary. Dorsey recorded 37 total tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions on the way to First Team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference honors.

THE SPECIALISTS
Danieal Manning of Abilene Christian is the return specialist on the AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team. As a sophomore, Manning finished second in the nation in punt returns, averaging 22 yards per return, and sixth in kickoff returns with a 29.2 yard average.

Valdosta State's Will Rhody led the Gulf South Conference in scoring with 90 points, converted 36 of 37 PATs and set an NCAA Division II record by recording 18 straight field goals. Adam State's Jeff Williams led NCAA Division II in punting with an average of 48 yards per kick and had a long of 73 yards.

2004 AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team
Offense
Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR Jamaica Rector* 5-10 182 Sr. Northwest Mo. St. Mel Tjeerdsma Celeste, Texas (Celeste)
WR Chris Samp 6-3 215 Sr. Winona St. Tom Sawyer Algoma, Wis. (Green Bay Preble)
TE Leonard Weaver 6-1 240 Sr. Carson-Newman Ken Sparks Melbourne, Fla. (Satellite)
OL Joe Berger 6-5 290 Sr. Michigan Tech Bernie Anderson Newaygo, Mich. (Newaygo)
OL Jahri Evans 6-4 340 Jr. Bloomsburg Danny Hale Philadelphia, Pa. (Frankford)
OL Nathan Baker 6-4 313 Sr. Pittsburg St. Chuck Broyles Parsons, Kan. (Parsons)
OL Todd Herremans 6-7 315 Sr. Saginaw Valley St. Randy Awrey Ravenna, Mich. (Ravenna)
OL Vinnie Olson 6-5 335 Sr. Sioux Falls Bob Young Pierre, S.D. (Pierre)
QB Chad Friehauf 6-7 205 Sr. Colorado Mines Bob Stitt Brush, Colo. (Brush)
RB John Kuhn 6-1 250 Sr. Shippensburg Rocky Rees York, Pa. (Dover)
RB Derrick Wimbush 6-2 220 Sr. Fort Valley St. John Morgan Mauk, Ga. (Taylor County)
Defense
Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Keyonta Marshall 6-1 290 Sr. Grand Valley St. Chuck Martin Saginaw, Mich. (Saginaw)
DL Justin Brown 6-2 260 Sr. East Central Tim McCarty Fletcher, Okla. (Elgin)
DL Chris Wilson 6-3 245 Sr. Northwood Pat Riepma Flint, Mich. (Northern)
DL Ken Triplett 6-1 240 Sr. North Alabama Mark Hudspeth Louisville, Miss. (Louisville)
LB Joe Gangemi 5-11 235 Sr. C.W. Post Bryan Collins Elmsford, N.Y. (Iona Prep)
LB Kevin Myers* 5-11 210 Sr. Ferris St. Jeff Pierce Midland, Mich. (Midland)
LB Jeff Howard 6-2 220 Sr. Eastern New Mexico Bud Elliot Portales, N.M. (Portales)
LB Digger Anderson 6-0 236 Jr. North Dakota Dale Lennon Coon Rapids, Minn. (Coon Rapids)
DB Walt Williams 6-0 175 Sr. Fayetteville St. Ken Phillips Miami, Fla. (Miami Beach)
DB Bubba Stutzer 6-2 205 Sr. Central Methodist Merle Masonholder Independence, Mo. (William Chrisman)
DB DeDe Dorsey 6-0 193 Jr. Lindenwood Patrick Ross Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow)
Specialists
Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P Jeff Williams 6-4 215 Jr. Adams St. Wayne McGinn Mead, Colo. (Skyline)
PK Will Rhody 6-1 186 Sr. Valdosta St. Chris Hatcher Jupiter, Fla. (Benjamin)
RS Danieal Manning 5-11 205 So. Abilene Christian Gary Gaines Corsicana, Tex. (Corsicana)
*-2003 AFCA All-American

Class Distinction: This year's AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team is made up of 20 seniors, four juniors and one sophomore.

Team Background
The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945.
The four teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams - Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III respectively. From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997 a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team.

Selection Process
The AFCA's Division II All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee.

The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.

The Award
Members of the AFCA Coaches' All-America Team receive a plaque commemorating their selection to the team.


 

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