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  12/01/21 - QB Desmond RidderrSr/2022, Cincinnati, 6-3, 215 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE GEICO OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati,...Ridder becomes the second player to repeat as American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, joining former UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton, who won in 2017 and 2018. Ridder has led Cincinnati to a 12-0 regular season and a third consecutive appearance in The American Championship Game while improving his career record to 43-5 as a starter, the best of any active NCAA quarterback. Ridder has thrown for exactly 3,000 yards has accounted for 33 touchdowns (27 passing, six rushing) and is The American's career leader in total offense (12,072 yards) and touchdown responsibility (113). - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#2 QB) rSr/2022 QB Desmond RidderCincinnati
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  12/01/21 - QB Dustin CrumrSr/2022, Kent State, 6-2, 207 (DS#9 QB) + More +

  2021 MAC VERN SMITH LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNER (COACHES): Dustin Crum, QB, Kent State,...Crum joins running back Eric Wilkerson who earned the Player of the Year honor in 1987 as the only Kent State players to win the award and took home first-team all-conference honors as well. Crum has had a stellar season in which he has thrown for 2,794 yards and 15 touchdowns against four interceptions while completing 65 percent of his passes. The quarterback has also been a threat on the ground, running for 565 yards, tops amongst quarterbacks, and 11 rushing touchdowns. - MAC Football

(DS#9 QB) rSr/2022 QB Dustin CrumKent State
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  2021 MAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Ali Fayad, DL, Western Michigan,...Fayad leads the Conference and is seventh in the nation in sacks with 11.5. He also leads the league in tackles for loss with 15.0, good for 21st in the FBS. Overall, Fayad has 35 tackles and has recorded at least half a sack in nine of 12 games. - MAC Football

(DS#32 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Ali FayadWestern Michigan
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  2021 MAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Lew Nichols III, RB, Central Michigan,...Nichols, a redshirt freshman running back from Detroit, earned the MAC Freshman of the Year Award in 2020. He leads the nation in rushing with 1,710 yards and in all-purpose yardage with 2,010 yards. Nichols is the sixth Chippewa to be named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and the first since Dan LeFevour in 2009. - MAC Football

(DS#7 RB) rFr/2025 RB Lew Nichols IIICentral Michigan
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  12/01/21 - RB Alton McCaskillFr/2025, Houston, 6-1, 210 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  2021 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Alton McCaskill, RB, Houston,...McCaskill is Houston's third American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, joining quarterback John O'Korn in 2013 and defensive tackle Ed Oliver in 2016. McCaskill enters the postseason with 840 rushing yards and is second in the conference with 16 rushing touchdowns as a true freshman. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#14 RB) Fr/2025 RB Alton McCaskillHouston
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  2021 MAC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Jay Ducker, RB, Northern Illinois,...Ducker became the first Huskie since Joel Bouagnon in 2015 to record four consecutive 100-yard rushing games and how has run for more than 100 yards in five of the Huskies’ last six games. He needs 112 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the season and record the 31st 1,000-yard rushing season in school history. He is 156 yards away from the Huskies’ single season freshman rushing record set by Alllen Ross in 1977. - MAC Football

(DS#81 RB) rFr/2025 RB Jay DuckerNorthern Illinois
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  2021 MAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kalil Pimpleton, PR, Central Michigan,...Pimpleton, who hails from Muskegon, leads the MAC in average punt return yardage, 20.25 yards, and returned two punts for touchdowns this season. Both of those returns for touchdowns came in a 42-30 victory at Western Michigan; one covered a CMU-record 97 yards and stands as the third-longest punt return in MAC history. It marks the third time in CMU history that a Chippewa has earned the MAC Special Teams Player of the Year Award. Antonio Brown brought home the honor to Mount Pleasant in 2008-09. - MAC Football

(DS#77 WR) rSr/2023 WR Kalil PimpletonCentral Michigan
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR & AP - Christian Watson, North Dakota State,...Watson is now a five-time all-conference honoree and just the 10th player in league history to earn three all-conference first-or second-team honors at wide receiver. He finished the regular season ranked second in the MVFC with 18.97 yards per reception and has a team-high 18 plays of 20-plus yards including four TD receptions of 65 or more yards. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#8 WR) rSr/2022 WR Christian WatsonNorth Dakota State
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  12/01/21 - SS Markquese BellrSr/2022, Florida AM, 6-2, 205 (DS#6 SS) + More +

  2021 ALL-SWAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Defensive Back: Markquese Bell - Florida A&M,...Bell is one of the best players in the nation as he is one of 25 players named a Buck Buchanan Award Finalist. Bell led the Rattlers with 79 tackles (4th most in SWAC), adding 6.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two sacks, one interception, and one pass breakup. Bell ranks eighth in the nation in forced fumbles. Bell was named the week 3 SWAC Defensive Player of the Week and Reese's Senior Bowl Defensive Player of the Week after a 15 tackle, sack, and forced fumble performance at USF. - Florida A&M Football

(DS#6 SS) rSr/2022 SS Markquese BellFlorida AM
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Matt Waletzko, North Dakota,...Started 10 of the 11 games before an injury kept him out of most of the final two games of the regular season ... Played every game at left tackle ... UND surrendered only three sacks during the time when he played to lead the NCAA ... Also ranked at the top of the conference in fewest negative plays ... The Hawks were sacked five times over the final two games when Waletzko was not in ... Ranked as the No. 22 offensive tackle in college football by ESPN ... Earned All-MVFC Second Team honors last season and preseason first team honors this year. - North Dakota Football

(DS#14 OT) Sr/2022 OT Matt WaletzkoNorth Dakota
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  2021 ALL-SWAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Defensive Lineman: James Houston - Jackson State,...Houston concluded regular season play as one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the SWAC. During regular season play he totaled 59 tackles (44 solo) and 20.5 tackles for loss for-125 yards. Houston also contributed 14.5 sacks for -102 yards, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one defensive touchdown, and eight QB hurries. The Tigers featured the top-ranked defense at the conclusion of regular season play and allow just 13.8 points and 258.3 yards per game. Houston is also All-SWAC First Team defensive lineman. - Jackson State Football

(DS#30 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB James HoustonJackson State
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  2021 ALL-SWAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Tight End: Kemari Averett - Bethune-Cookman,...Averett was a weapon for the Wildcats all season in the passing game. He finished near the top of the SWAC in nearly every offensive category: Averett finished sixth in receptions with 52, fourth in yards with 888, third in touchdowns with 11, seventh in yards per catch with 17.1, and fourth in yards per game with 80.7. Averett also finished in the top ten in points per game - fourth among all those not including kickers. - Bethune-Cookman Football

(DS#29 TE) Sr/2022 TE Kemari AverettBethune-Cookman
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): FB - Hunter Luepke, North Dakota State,...North Dakota State led all schools with seven first-team picks on the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team announced Monday, Nov. 29. Christian Watson took two spots on the first team as a wide receiver and all-purpose player. Fullback Hunter Luepke, offensive tackles Cordell Volson and Cody Mauch, defensive end Brayden Thomas and safety Michael Tutsie also made the first team. - North Dakota State Football

(DS#9 FB) rJr/2023 FB Hunter LuepkeNorth Dakota State
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  12/01/21 - OLB Isaiah LandrJr/2023, Florida AM, 6-3, 215 (DS#26 OLB) + More +

  2021 ALL-SWAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Linebacker: Isaiah Land - Florida A&M,...Land leads the nation with 25.5 tackles for loss and 19 sacks. Land has added three forced fumbles, two pass breakups, and one fumble recovery. Land was named week 4 BOXTOROW Player of the Week after a three-sack performance vs. Alabama State. Then he was named week 5 SWAC Defensive Player of the Week after setting a Rattlers' record five sacks versus South Carolina State. Land earned another SWAC Defensive Player of the Week in week eight after recording six tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks in a win at Mississippi Valley State. - Florida A&M Football

(DS#26 OLB) rJr/2023 OLB Isaiah LandFlorida AM
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  2021 ALL-SWAC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Quarterback: Shedeur Sanders - Jackson State,...Sanders had a stellar debut season for the Tigers as he has been named a finalist for the Stats Perform FCS Jerry Rice award. At the conclusion of regular season play, he led the SWAC with a 68.7 completion percentage while passing for 2,971 yards (2nd in SWAC), 28 touchdowns (2nd in SWAC) and only five interceptions. Sanders averaged 270.1 passing yards (2nd in SWAC) per game while leading the Tigers to an undefeated 8-0 record in league play and their first SWAC Championship appearance since 2013. Sanders is also All-SWAC Second Team quarterback. - Jackson State Football

(DS#21 QB) Fr/2025 QB Shedeur SandersJackson State
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