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CAA Football seniors Matt Evans and Earl Watford were selected as AFCA All-Americans on Wednesday.

Evans, Watford Named AFCA All-Americans

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 12/06/2012
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RICHMOND, Va. - A pair of CAA Football seniors in New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans and James Madison offensive lineman Earl Watford represent the league on the 2012 American Football Coaches Association All-America Team, as announced by the organization on Wednesday. Both student-athletes are also two-time CAA Football First Team All-Conference selections.

Evans closed out his senior campaign with a league-high 115 tackles, including 77 solo stops, and ranks 19th nationally with 10.5 tackles per game. A native of Hanover, Mass., the Wildcats senior co-captain and 2011 Buck Buchanan Award Winner ended his career in Durham as the school's all-time tackles leader and FCS Football's active tackles leader with 449 career stops.

Watford allowed just one sack and had 25 knockdowns while leading a Dukes offense that ranked fourth in the league in rushing with 209.0 yards per game and 4.6 yards per rush. The Philadelphia product and senior co-captain ends his career in Harrisonburg after securing 35 straight starts and 37 overall starts in his 43 games played.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently designates teams in all five of the collegiate divisions that are chosen exclusively by coaches. CAA Football leads all FCS conferences with 119 appearances by 109 players who have been featured on the organization's All-America Team since its inception in 1979.

The AFCA's complete release can be found by visiting afca.com.

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2012 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America Team


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR Aaron Mellette 6-4 220 Sr. Elon Jason Swepson Sanford, N.C. (Southern Lee)
WR Erik Lora 5-10 181 Jr. Eastern Illinois Dino Babers Miami, Fla. (Columbus)
TE Kyle Juszczyk 6-3 245 Sr. Harvard Tim Murphy Medina, Ohio (Cloverleaf)
OL Earl Watford 6-4 295 Sr. James Madison Mickey Matthews Philadelphia, Pa. (Simon Gratz)
OL Terren Jones 6-7 320 Sr. Alabama St. Reggie Barlow Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (Choctaw)
C Mike Sellers 6-0 290 Jr. Citadel Kevin Higgins Summerville, S.C. (Fort Dorchester)
OL Randy Richards 6-4 310 Sr. Missouri St. Terry Allen Royal Palm Beach, Fla. (Royal Palm Beach)
OL Will Post 6-6 295 Sr. Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin Portland, Ore. (Southridge)
QB DeNarius McGhee 6-0 210 Jr. Montana St. Rob Ash Euless, Texas (Trinity)
RB Miguel Maysonet 5-10 210 Sr. Stony Brook Chuck Priore Riverhead, N.Y. (Riverhead)
RB Zach Zenner 6-0 215 So. South Dakota St. John Stiegelmeier Eagan, Minn. (Eagan)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Caraun Reid 6-2 305 Sr. Princeton Bob Surace Bronx, N.Y. (Mount St. Michael)
DL Davis Tull 6-3 230 So. Tennessee-Chattanooga Russ Huesman Knoxville, Tenn. (Bearden)
DL Brandon Thurmond 6-2 260 Sr. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Monte Coleman Augusta, Ga. (Laney)
DL Kenneth Boatright 6-4 253 Sr. Southern Illinois Dale Lennon Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook)
LB Matt Evans 6-0 228 Sr. New Hampshire Sean McDonnell Hanover, Mass. (Thayer Academy)
LB Robert McCabe 6-2 234 Sr. Georgetown (D.C.) Kevin Kelly Newtown Square, Pa. (Malvern Prep)
LB Jody Owens 6-0 223 Sr. Montana St. Rob Ash Mesquite, Texas (Horn)
DB AJ Cruz 5-9 190 Sr. Brown Phil Estes Lake Forest, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic)
DB Kejuan Riley 6-1 208 Sr. Alabama St. Reggie Barlow Wetumpka, Ala. (Wetumpka)
DB Marcus Williams 5-11 194 Jr. North Dakota St. Craig Bohl Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins)
DB Darnell Taylor* 6-0 195 Sr. Sam Houston St. Willie Fritz Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P Bobby Wenzig 6-2 180 Jr. Alabama St. Reggie Barlow San Diego, Calif. (Westview)
PK Patrick Murray 5-7 182 Sr. Fordham Joe Moorhead Mahwah, N.J. (Don Bosco Prep)
AP Carlos Anderson 5-8 172 Sr. Northern Iowa Mark Farley Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)

*-2011 All-American