The talent remains widespread across the FCS with six players returning to the Athlon 2019 Preseason FCS All-America Team from last year's postseason squad.
Running back A.J. Hines (Duquesne), wide receiver Michael Bandy (San Diego), linebackers Zach Hall (Southeast Missouri) and Dante Olson (Montana), cornerback Isiah Swann (Dartmouth), and punt returner D’Angelo Amos (James Madison) are the returnees. All but Amos are seniors.
The 28 All-Americans come from 25 schools in 10 conferences. Defending national champ North Dakota State, Jacksonville State, James Madison and Idaho are the only schools with two selections.
Athlon Sports' 2019 Preseason FCS All-America Team
Sully Laiche Nicholls
James Robinson Illinois State
Rashid Shaheed Weber State
Michael Bandy San Diego
Charlie Taumoepeau Portland State
Noah Johnson Idaho
Zack Johnson North Dakota State
— 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.
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