Martin, Breitenstein named FCS AP All-Americans
by Staff Reports
NEW YORK -- Sam Martin became only the second punter in
Appalachian State history to be named an Associated Press first-team
All-America on Wednesday, highlighting three Mountaineers on the AP's 2012 NCAA
Division I FCS all-America teams.
ASU linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough and cornerback Demetrius McCray collected second-team recognition.
Former Watauga standout running back Eric Breitenstein was named first-team All-America by the AP after gaining 2,035 yards at Wofford. He was also named to The Sports Network's team on Monday.
Breitenstein averaged 7.0 yards per carry and scored 19 touchdowns for the Terriers, who reached the third round of the FCS playoffs before falling 14-7 to defending champion North Dakota State.
Appalachian State's three AP All-Americans are tied for the most among all 122 FCS teams nationally. Alabama State, Eastern Washington, Sam Houston State, Stony Brook and Tennessee State are the only other programs with three representatives on the AP squads.
Martin joined Harold Alexander (1991 and 1992) as the
only punters in school history to earn first-team All-America recognition from
the AP. Martin ranked third nationally with a 45.9-yard punting average this
season, which was good for second in Appalachian State history behind only
Alexander's 47.3-yard average in 1991.
Twenty-five of Martin's 60 punts were downed inside the opponent's 20 yard line this season, which set a school record for punts downed inside the 20 and helped the Mountaineers rank second nationally with a 40.8-yard net punting average. The senior also excelled as Appalachian's kickoff specialist (averaging 63.1 yards with 45 touchbacks in 71 kickoffs) and place-kicker (making 7-of-10 field goals, including the final five of the season).
Kimbrough racked up 143 tackles, good for the
third-highest total in the nation and seventh in Appalachian State
single-season history. He also ranks third in the Southern Conference and among
the top 100 nationally with 12.5 tackles for loss (1.04 per game) and 11th in
the SoCon with 4.5 sacks.
The senior was named the SoCon's co-Defensive Player of the Year and is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the nation's top FCS defensive player.
McCray tied for the Southern Conference lead with four
interceptions in 2012, becoming the first Mountaineer cornerback to ever lead
the league in interceptions twice (he paced the SoCon with five INTs in 2011).
The senior also led the team with eight passes defended, ranked sixth on the squad with 55 tackles from his cornerback position and forced a fumble. Like Kimbrough, he is one of 20 finalists for the Buchanan Award.
AP FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Quarterback - Taylor Heinicke, sophomore, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Old Dominion.
Running backs - Miguel Maysonet, senior, 5-10, 205, Stony Brook; Eric Breitenstein, senior, 5-11, 230, Wofford.
Offensive linemen - Earl Watford, senior, 6-4, 290, James Madison; Mike Sellers, junior, 6-0, 295, The Citadel; Will Post, senior, 6-6, 295, Eastern Washington; Billy Turner, junior, 6-6, 300, North Dakota State; Roger Gaines, senior, 6-6, 320, Tennessee State.
Tight end - Kyle Juszczyk, senior, 6-3, 240, Harvard.
Receivers - Aaron Mellett, senior, 6-4, 220, Elon; Erik Lora, 5-10, 181, junior, Eastern Illinois.
All-purpose player - Walter Powell, junior, 6-0, 180, Murray State.
Kicker - Patrick Murray, senior, 5-7, 160, Fordham.
Linemen - Caleb Schreibeis, senior, 6-3, 252, Montana State; Colton Underwood, junior, 6-4, 255, Illinois State; Brent Russell, senior, 6-2, 300, Georgia Southern; Brandon Thurmond, senior, 6-2, 260, Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Linebackers - Matt Evans, senior, 6-0, 228, New Hampshire; Jody Owens, senior, 6-0, 223, Montana State; Robert McCabe, senior, 6-2, 230, Georgetown.
Defensive backs - Darnell Taylor, senior, 6-0, 195, Sam Houston State; Marcus Williams, junior, 5-11, 194, North Dakota State; Jaquiski Tartt, sophomore, 6-1, 220, Samford; Cooper Taylor, senior, 6-5, 235, Richmond.
Punter - Sam Martin, senior, 6-1, 205, Appalachian State.
Quarterback - Casey Brockman, senior, Murray State.
Running backs - Zach Zenner, sophomore, South Dakota State; Deonte Williams, senior, Cal Poly.
Linemen - Terren Jones, senior, Alabama State; Michael Bamiro, junior, Stony Brook; Bryan Witzmann, junior, South Dakota State; J.C. Tretter, senior, Cornell; Corey Howard, senior, Central Arkansas.
Tight end - A.C. Leonard, sophomore, Tennessee State.
Receivers - Jordan Harris, junior, Bryant; Brandon Kaufman, junior, Eastern Washington.
All-purpose player - Dominic Gunn, senior, Northern Colorado.
Kicker - Colton Cook, junior, Southern Utah.
Linemen - Cody Larsen, senior, Southern Utah; Davis Tull, sophomore, Chattanooga; Mike Catapano, senior, Princeton; Zach Wagenmann, sophomore, Montana.
Linebackers - Jeremy Kimbrough, senior, Appalachian State; Stephon Robertson, junior, James Madison; Blake Peiffer, senior, Southeast Missouri.
Defensive backs - Robert Alford, senior, Southeastern Louisiana; B.W. Webb, senior, William & Mary; Demetrius McCray, senior, Appalachian State; Johnny Towalid, senior, Indiana State.
Punter - Andy Wilder, junior, Northern Arizona.
Quarterback - Gavin McCarney, junior, Colgate.
Running backs - Shakir Bell, junior, Indiana State; Tim Flanders, junior, Sam Houston State.
Linemen - Randy Richards, senior, Missouri State; Garrett Frye, sophomore, Georgia Southern; Aaron Adams, senior, Eastern Kentucky; Sean Davies, senior, UC Davis; Dakota Dozier, junior, Furman.
Tight end - Josh Hill, senior, Idaho State.
Receivers - Cordell Roberson, senior, Stephen F. Austin; Kevin Norrell, senior, Stony Brook.
All-purpose player - Tyler Varga, sophomore, Yale.
Kicker - Jimmy Pavel, senior, Eastern Washington.
Linemen - Caraun Reid, senior, Princeton; Ken Boatright, senior, Southern Illinois; Joseph Lebeau, senior, Jackson State; Andrew Weaver, junior, Sam Houston State.
Linebackers - Jordan Tripp, junior, Montana; Keith Pough, senior, Howard; Ian Sluss, senior, Portland State.
Defensive backs - Kejuan Riley, senior, Alabama State; Steven Godbolt, sophomore, Tennessee State; Ben Ericksen, senior, Illinois State; Caleb Schaffitzel, sophomore, Missouri State.
Punter - Bobby Wenzig, junior, Alabama State.