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Athlon Sports' 2022 Preseason FCS All-America Team

Stone Snyder, VMI Keydets Football

North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and Montana each has a trio of All-American selections; VMI linebacker Stone Snyder seeks a third season with top honors.

The Athlon Sports 2022 FCS Preseason All-America Team suggests why North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and Montana were ranked 1, 2, and 3, respectively, in the Top 25 preseason rankings.

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The trio of national powers leads the way with three selections each on the preseason All-America squad. NDSU is the defending national champion, but Montana has two returning Athlon All-Americans in linebacker Patrick O'Connell and cornerback Justin Ford, and SDSU returns one in tight end Tucker Kraft.

VMI linebacker Stone Snyder is a two-time Athlon All-American already. Stephen F. Austin wide receiver Xavier Gipson and Florida A&M edge rusher Isaiah Land, the reigning Buck Buchanan Award recipient, return from the 2021 All-America squad, while Portland State cornerback Anthony Adams was on the 2019 squad.

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The 27-player All-America team is represented by 19 schools and nine conferences.

Athlon Sports' 2022 FCS Preseason All-America Team

Offense

QB – Xavier Shepherd (6-0, 205, Jr.) Kennesaw State

RB – Isaiah Davis (6-1, 220, Jr.) South Dakota State

RB – Isaiah Ifanse (5-10, 202, Sr.) Montana State

FB – Hunter Luepke (6-1, 234, Sr.) North Dakota State

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

WR – Taylor Grimes (5-11, 190, Sr.) UIW

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

C – Matthan Hatchie (6-2, 310, Sr.) UT Martin

OL – Michael Corbi (6-3, 335, Sr.) Villanova

OL – McClendon Curtis (6-6, 328, Sr.) Chattanooga

OL – Cody Mauch (6-6, 303, Sr.) North Dakota State

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OL – Mason McCormick (6-4, 310, Sr.) South Dakota State

Defense

DL – Isaiah Land (6-4, 215, Sr.) Florida A&M

DL – Nate Lynn (6-3, 265, Jr.) William & Mary

DL – Devonnsha Maxwell (6-3, 296, Sr.) Chattanooga

DL – Josiah Silver (6-2, 234, So.) New Hampshire

LB – Ryan Greenhagen (6-1, 245, Sr.) Fordham

LB – Patrick O'Connell (6-2, 225, Sr.) Montana

LB – Stone Snyder (6-3, 240, Sr.) VMI

DB – Anthony Adams (6-0, 185, Sr.) Portland State

DB – Justin Ford (6-2, 190, Sr.) Montana

DB – Michael Tutsie (5-11, 193, Sr.) North Dakota State

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

Specialists

K – Matthew Cook (5-11, 180, Jr.) Northern Iowa

P – Grant Burkett (6-1, 180, So.) Missouri State

KR – Malik Flowers (6-2, 200, Sr.) Montana

PR – Jah'Marae Sheread (5-7, 175, Sr.) Florida A&M

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