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Athlon Sports' 2021 Preseason FCS All-America Team

Athlon Sports' 2021 Preseason FCS All-America Team

Athlon Sports' 2021 Preseason FCS All-America Team

If you think you're seeing double with FCS college football, it's a good thing entering the 2021 fall season.

Most of Athlon's FCS All-Americans from the spring season are returning to action, so the preseason team is quite familiar, although there are some additions heading toward what should be an excellent, veteran-laden campaign.

The 32-player All-America team is represented by 23 schools and 10 conferences. Schools with multiple selections are James Madison with three, and Delaware, North Dakota State, reigning national champion Sam Houston, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, VMI, and Weber State with two each.

Athlon Sports' 2021 Preseason FCS All-America Team


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

RB    Julius Chestnut (6-1, 215, Sr.) Sacred Heart

RB    Jah-Maine Martin (5-10, 214, Sr.) North Carolina A&T

RB    Otis Weah (5-9, 195, Jr.) North Dakota

WR   Avante Cox (5-10, 170, Sr.) Southern Illinois

WR   Jakob Herres (6-4, 211, Sr.) VMI

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

TE    Ryan Miller (6-2, 221, Sr.) Furman

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

OL    Garret Greenfield (6-6, 295, Jr.) South Dakota State

OL    David Kroll (6-7, 315, Sr.) Delaware

OL    Cordell Volson (6-7, 310, Sr.) North Dakota State

OL    Ty Whitworth (6-4, 300, Sr.) Weber State


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

DL    Mike Greene (6-3, 285, Sr.) James Madison

DL    Jahari Kay (6-2, 255, Sr.) Sam Houston

DL    Jordan Lewis (6-3, 195, Sr.) Southern

LB    Logan Backhaus (6-4, 205, Sr.) South Dakota State

LB    Conner Mortensen (6-0, 215, Sr.) Weber State

LB    Stone Snyder (6-3, 225, Jr.) VMI

LB    Tre Walker (6-1, 235, Sr.) Idaho

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

DB    Chris Edmonds (6-2, 205, Jr.) Samford

DB    Nicario Harper (6-1, 205, Jr.) Jacksonville State

DB    Kordell Jackson (5-9, 188, Sr.) Austin Peay

DB    Kedrick Whitehead (5-11, 195, Sr.) Delaware

Special Teams

PK    Ethan Ratke (5-10, 185, Sr.) James Madison

P      Daniel Whelan (6-6, 215, Sr.) UC Davis

LS    Kyle Davis (5-11, 210, Sr.) James Madison

KR    Christian Watson (6-4, 200, Sr.) North Dakota State

PR    Jequez Ezzard (5-9, 190, Sr.) Sam Houston

AP    Javon Williams Jr. (6-2, 245, Jr.) Southern Illinois

— 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 He appears frequently on radio, TV and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.

(Julius Chestnut photo courtesy of Sacred Heart Athletics)