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Athlon Sports 2021 FCS Postseason All-America Team

Nicholls' P.J. Burkhalter, six others are repeat selections
James Madison place-kicker Ethan Ratke (91) scored an FCS-leading 150 points this season, giving him 542 over a 58-game career. (JMU Athletics)

James Madison place-kicker Ethan Ratke (91) scored an FCS-leading 150 points this season, giving him 542 over a 58-game career. (JMU Athletics)

Seven players were repeat selections on the 2021 Athlon Sports FCS Postseason All-America team — a banner of list 30 players who represented 22 schools and nine conferences.

Nicholls offensive guard P.J. Burkhalter earned the postseason honor for the third straight season, while Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Cole Kelley, North Dakota State offensive tackle Cordell Volson, Northern Iowa defensive tackle Jared Brinkman, VMI linebacker Stone Snyder and two James Madison players, place-kicker Ethan Ratke — the FCS scoring leader — and long snapper Kyle Davis, followed up their selections from the pandemic-delayed 2020 season, which was played last spring.

Schools with multiple selections were Montana with three and Florida A&M, Jackson State, James Madison, South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, and Villanova with two each.

FCS All-America Team

Offense

QB — Eric Barriere (6-1, 210, Sr.) Eastern Washington

QB  Cole Kelley (6-7, 260, Sr.) Southeastern Louisiana

RB  Quay Holmes (6-1, 220, Jr.) ETSU

RB  Pierre Strong Jr. (5-11, 205, Sr.) South Dakota State

WR  Xavier Gipson (5-9, 170, Jr.) Stephen F. Austin

WR  Tyler Hudson (6-2, 195, So.) Central Arkansas

TE  Tucker Kraft (6-5, 255, So.) South Dakota State

OL  P.J. Burkhalter (6-3, 330, Sr.) Nicholls

OL  Trevor Penning (6-7, 321, R-Jr.) Northern Iowa

OL  Cole Strange (6-6, 301, R-Sr.) Chattanooga

OL  Cordell Volson (6-7, 313, Sr.) North Dakota State

OL  Nick Zakelj (6-5, 325, R-Sr.) Fordham

Defense

DL  Jared Brinkman (6-2, 290, R-Sr.) Northern Iowa

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DL  Isaiah Chambers (6-5, 251, Grad) McNeese

DL  James Houston (6-1, 225, Sr.) Jackson State

DL  Isaiah Land (6-4, 215, R-Jr.) Florida A&M

LB  Troy Andersen (6-4, 235, Sr.) Montana State

LB  Patrick O’Connell (6-2, 225, R-Jr.) Montana

LB  Forrest Rhyne (6-1, 235, Grad) Villanova

LB  Stone Snyder (6-3, 240, Jr.) VMI

DB  Markquese Bell (6-3, 205, R-Sr.) Florida A&M

DB  Christian Benford (6-1, 205, Sr.) Villanova

DB  Justin Ford (6-2, 190, R-Jr.) Montana

DB  Darius Joiner (6-2, 200, Sr.) Western Illinois

Special Teams

PK  Ethan Ratke (5-10, 186, R-Sr.) James Madison

 Brian Buschini (6-0, 219, R-Fr.) Montana

LS  Kyle Davis (6-0, 219, R-Jr.) James Madison

KR  Rashid Shaheed (6-0, 180, Sr.) Weber State

PR  Warren Newman (5-8, 175, Sr.) Jackson State

AP  Montrell Washington (5-10, 170, Sr.) Samford