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THREE CAA FOOTBALL STUDENT-ATHLETES HONORED AS WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICANS

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          Release: 12/14/2010
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (December 14, 2010) -- CAA Football, which has two squads playing in this weekend’s NCAA Division I Football National Semifinal round, logged three Walter Camp All-America honors Tuesday.  The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and certified by the accounting and auditing firm, Marcum LLP.

Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship Subdivisions.

Richmond’s Martin Parker was one of the team’s two defensive honorees.  The senior finished his Spider career with a league-best 96 tackles from his defensive tackle position and ranked second in CAA Football with 5.5 sacks in 11 games.  The New Haven, Conn., native was honored last week as a AFCA All-American.

New Hampshire’s Matt Evans, a Second Team All-CAA Football linebacker, finished his sophomore season with a league-best 156 tackles in 13 games.  The Hanover, Mass., native was a three-time CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week and currently ranks fifth in the country with his 12.0 tackles/game average.

Villanova offensive lineman Ben Ijalana was the league’s only offensive representative on the All-America squad.  The three-time First Team All-CAA Football honoree, finished 10th in the Outland Trophy Award voting last week -- given to the nation’s top major college football interior lineman.  The Hainesport, N.J., native leads a Wildcat offensive front which ranks as the league leader in both rushing (199.5 yards/game) and scoring (30.8 points/game).

In all, players from 12 different conferences and 24 institutions were represented on the 2010 Walter Camp FCS All-America Team.   The Big Sky and Southern Conferences had the most selections with four selections each.   CAA Football and the Missouri Valley Conference each had three.  Two schools - Appalachian State and Stephen F. Austin (2) - had multiple players selected.

2010 Walter Camp All-America Team

OFFENSE            
Pos. Name School Class Height Weight Hometown
QB Jeremy Moses Stephen F. Austin Sr. 6-0 195 Baytown, TX
RB Henry Harris SE Missouri State Sr. 5-8 185 Memphis, TN
RB Nate Eachus Colgate Jr. 5-10 216 Drums, PA
WR Tysson Poots Southern Utah Sr. 6-3 220 Las Vegas, NV
WR Raymond Webber Arkansas-Pine Bluff Sr. 6-3 220 St. Louis, MO
TE Andrew Kennedy Columbia Sr. 6-3 242 Westport, CT
OL Ben Ijalana Villanova Sr. 6-4 320 Hainsport, NJ
OL David Arkin Missouri State Sr. 6-5 302 Wichita, KS
OL Mike Person Montana State Sr. 6-5 295 Glendive, MT
OL Johnny Culbreath South Carolina State Sr. 6-6 310 Monroe, GA
C Ryan McKnight South Dakota State Sr. 6-1 295 Sioux Falls, SD
PK Matt Bevins Liberty Jr. 6-2 185 Newport News, VA
             
DEFENSE            
Pos. Name School Class Height Weight Hometown
DL Ameet Pall Wofford Jr. 6-0 245 Montreal, Quebec
DL Kendrick Ellis Hampton Sr. 6-3 280 West Palm Beach, FL
DL Jabari Fletcher Appalachian State Sr. 6-3 265 Atlanta, GA
DL Martin Parker Richmond Sr. 6-3 290 New Haven, CT
DL Brent Russell Georgia Southern Soph 6-2 287 Comer, GA
LB J.C. Sherritt Eastern Washington Sr. 5-10 220 Pullman, WA
LB Kyle Glazier Western Illinois Sr. 6-1 220 Geneseo, IL
LB Matt Evans New Hampshire Soph. 6-0 219 Hanover, MA
DB Mark LeGree Appalachian State Sr. 6-0 220 Columbus, GA
DB Eugene Clifford Tennessee State Sr. 6-2 205 Cincinnati, OH
DB Moses Ellis Prairie View A&M Jr. 5-8 175 Fort Worth, TX
DB Trumaine Johnson Montana Jr. 6-3 197 Stockton, CA
P David Harrington Idaho State Jr. 6-3 185 Huntington Beach, CA
KR Gralyn Crawford Stephen F. Austin Soph. 5-10 175 Palestine, TX

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