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Fort Picks Up Fifth All-American Honor
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Friday 12/23/2011

University of Northern Iowa senior linebacker L.J. Fort continues to reel in the postseason accolades, as he was named to the 2011 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America team on Friday. Fort has now received All-America honors from five different organizations for the 2011 season.

Fort was a first-team All-America pick by The Sports Network, Phil Steele, and College Sports Madness, and a third-team selection by the Associated Press in 2011. He was the nation's leading tackler with an average of 14.15 tackles per game, and his 184 total stops in 2011 set a UNI single-season record. Fort posted 10.0 tackles-for-loss, six forced fumbles, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 2011.

Fort was also named the FCS National Defensive Player of the Year by College Sports Madness and took home MVFC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Four repeat defensive players headline the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2011 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Football Championship Subdivision schools and certified by the accounting and auditing firm, Marcum LLP.

Three Buck Buchanan Award finalists - LB Matt Evans (New Hampshire), DL Brent Russell (Georgia Southern) and DB Trumaine Johnson (Montana) - lead the All-America defensive unit. Evans had 165 tackles and three interceptions for the Wildcats, while Russell totaled 14.5 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks from his nose tackle position. Johnson had 50 tackles and two interceptions from his cornerback position.

Punter David Harrington (Idaho State) is the fourth repeat All-American. Harrington averaged 48.7 yards per punt this season.

Two finalists for the Walter Payton Award - RB Shakir Bell (Indiana State) and QB Bo Levi Mitchell (Eastern Washington) - lead the offensive unit. The 2011 Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Bell rushed for 1,670 yards and 14 touchdowns - averaging 151.8 yards per game. Mitchell led the FCS in passing yards (4,009) and touchdowns (33) during the regular-season. The Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year completed 318-of-503 attempts (63.2 percent) and had four 400-yard passing efforts.

In all, players from eight different conferences and 21 institutions were represented on the 2011 Walter Camp FCS All-America team. The Big Sky Conferences had the most selections with eight players from six different schools, including three from Eastern Washington. The Southern Conference had five selections, while the Missouri Valley Football Conference had three.

2011 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team

OFFENSE
Pos. Name, School Class Ht Wt Hometown
WR Aaron Mellette, Elon Jr. 6-4 212 Sanford, NC
WR Nicholas Edwards, Eastern Washington Jr. 6-3 200 Tacoma, WA
TE Colin Anderson, Furman Jr. 6-4 231 Dallas, TX
OL J.C. Oram, Weber State Sr. 6-4 300 Marriot-Slaterville, UT
OL Nate Page, Wofford Sr. 6-2 295 Charlotte, NC
OL Brett Moore, Georgia Southern Sr. 6-3 255 Warner Robbins, GA
OL Paul Cornick, North Dakota State Sr. 6-6 309 Orono, MN
C Chris Powers, Eastern Washington Sr. 6-2 285 Black Diamond, WA
QB Bo Levi Mitchell, Eastern Washington Sr. 6-2 210 Katy, TX
RB Shakir Bell, Indiana State Soph. 5-8 185 Indianapolis, IN
RB Terrance West, Towson Fr. 5-11 222 Baltimore, MD
PK Zach Brown, Portland State Jr. 6-1 200 Keizer, OR

DEFENSE
Pos. Name, School Class Ht Wt Hometown
DL Adrian Hamilton, Prairie View A&M Sr. 6-3 255 Dallas, TX
DL Brent Russell, Georgia Southern * Jr. 6-2 291 Comer, GA
DL Zack Nash, Sacramento State Sr. 6-4 260 Vacaville, CA
DL Andrew Schaetzke, Georgetown Sr. 6-4 245 Toledo, OH
LB Matt Evans, New Hampshire * Jr. 6-0 227 Hanover, MA
LB L.J. Fort, Northern Iowa Sr. 6-1 232 Waynesville, MO
LB Keith Pough, Howard Jr. 6-3 225 Orangesburg, SC
DB Kejuan Riley, Alabama State Jr. 6-1 208 Wetumpka, AL
DB Marcus Williams, North Dakota State Soph. 5-11 190 Minneapolis, MN
DB Bryce Robertson, Bucknell Sr. 5-9 180 Reserve, LA
DB Trumaine Johnson, Montana * Sr. 6-3 210 Stockton, CA
P David Harrington, Idaho State * Sr. 6-2 185 Marina, CA
KR Kevin Fogg, Liberty Jr. 5-10 175 Raleigh, NC

* 2010 Walter Camp FCS All-America selection

 


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