For the third time this postseason, Northern Arizona senior punter Ryan Hawkins, sophomore wide receiver Emmanuel Butler, and freshman quarterback Case Cookus have received All-America distinction, as the Associate Press released its FCS All-America teams today.
Hawkins picked up first team honors after another solid kicking campaign that led to 2,406 yards on 52 punts. He averaged 46.3 yards per punt with four going for a touchback. Hawkins longest punt of the season was a 71-yarder.
Cookus was selected to the third team. He was one of two freshmen to make a team, along with North Dakota's John Santiago. He set a new NAU record and FCS freshman mark for passing touchdowns in a season (37). Cookus and the Lumberjacks recorded three victories over Top 25 teams, as NAU went undefeated at home in the regular season for the second time in three years.
Butler was named to the third team after leading the Lumberjacks in receiving yards. He registered 1,208 receiving yards setting a new NAU single season record. He also tied a school record 15 touchdown receptions, tying for the team-high in scoring with Hawkins.
All three players have also been named to the STATS FCS and College Sports Madness All-America lists.