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Athlon Sports 2017 Preseason FCS All-America Team

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College basketball has its fabulous freshmen and super sophomores, but successful college football teams prefer to lean on the more experienced players.

All but four of the 27 players on the Athlon Sports FCS Preseason All-America team are seniors. Three of the exceptions are juniors.

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The talent in the FCS is widespread as 19 schools and 10 conferences make the All-America team. Jacksonville State and South Dakota State lead the way with three selections each.

Athlon Sports' 2017 Preseason FCS All-America Team

 

Offense

 

Defense

 

Speciailsts

QB

Jeremiah Briscoe
Sam Houston State

DL

Pat Afriyie Colgate 

K

Lane Clark
Tennessee State  

RB

Chase Edmonds
Fordham

DL

Anthony Ellis
Charleston Southern 

P

Ian Berryman
Western Carolina 

RB

Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks Albany 

DL

P.J. Hall
Sam Houston State 

KR

John Santiago North Dakota

FB

Joe Protheroe Cal Poly 

DL

Darius Jackson
Jacksonville State

PR

Khris Gardin
NC A&T

WR

Justin Watson
Penn 

LB

Nick DeLuca
North Dakota State

 

 

WR

Jake Wieneke
South Dakota State

LB

Darius Leonard
South Carolina State

 

 

TE

Dallas Goedert South Dakota State

LB

Brett Taylor
Western Illinois

 

 

OL

Jacob Ohnesorge
South Dakota State

DB

Marlon Bridges
Jacksonville State 

 

 

OL

Justin Lea
Jacksonville State

DB

Tre Dempsey
North Dakota State 

 

 

OL

Brandon Parker
NC A&T 

DB

Cole Reyes
North Dakota 

 

 

OL

Timon Parris Stony Brook 

DB

Rob Rolle
Villanova 

 

 

OL

Aaron Stinnie James Madison

 

 

 

 

— Written by Craig Haley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Haley has covered the FCS level since 1999 and is the national writer for www.fcs.football. He appears frequently on radio shows and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.

(Jeremiah Briscoe photo courtesy of Sam Houston State Athletics; Darius Jackson photo courtesy of Jacksonville State University Athletic Communications)