FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Four Northern Arizona football players were selected to the College Sports Madness FCS All-American Teams, announced by the organization. Leading the way was quarterback Case Cookus who was named the National Freshman of the Year.
In addition to FOTY honors, Cookus, along with sophomore wide receiver Emmanuel Butler were both named to the first team. Senior punter/kicker Ryan Hawkins and senior cornerback Marcus Alford were selected to the second team. All four players were also named the team's MVP's of the season.
Cookus, the FCS National Freshman of the Year, set a new NAU record and FCS Freshman mark for passing touchdowns in a season (37). He also broke the NAU season records for completion percentage and yards per pass attempt. Cookus finished sixth in school history in passing yards in a season. He registered an FCS single game high of seven passing touchdowns and tied for the second-best mark of six touchdowns in a game.
Butler broke the school record for receiving yards with 1,208 and tied the receiving touchdowns record with 15 scores. With two seasons under his belt, Butler ranks in the top 15 on the NAU career receiving yards chart. Butler ranked amongst the top in the nation in receiving touchdowns, receiving yards, and receiving yards all year long.
Alford had a team-high 13 pass breakups to rank amongst the best in the nation. He also tallied 49 tackles and was second on the team in interceptions with three. Alford's four passes defended versus Eastern Washington was tied for the ninth-best in the FCS in a single game during the season.
At the end of the regular season, Hawkins led the nation in punting and was second in field goal percentage. He connected on all 57 PAT attempts and 11 of 12 field goal attempts. Hawkins' was a two-time Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week, as he tied for first on the team in scoring.
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