Trio of Lumberjacks Receive “Fab Fifty” All-American Team Recognition

Trio of Lumberjacks Receive “Fab Fifty” All-American Team Recognition

CHICAGO, Ill. - A trio of Northern Arizona football players have been recognized on the College Sporting News 2015 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team. Quarterback Case Cookus, wide receiver Emmanuel Butler, and cornerback Marcus Alford were all honored. Fifty of the best student-athletes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision received honors. Six players won the annual awards, while 44 other players were placed on the team. An additional 17 players received enough votes to earn honorable mention honors.

Cookus picked up Freshman of The Year honors. The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native had one of the best freshman campaigns in FCS history. He broke the long-standing FCS record for the most touchdown passes by a freshman. The previous record was 31 touchdown passes set in 2004. Cookus tallied 37 touchdown passes leading not only all FCS freshmen, but also all of the quarterbacks in the nation. He had the lowest amount of interceptions by any quarterback with 3,000 or more passing yards and led the nation in completion percentage for the majority of the season. He also broke the NAU season records for touchdown passes, completion percentage, and yards per pass attempt.

Butler, a sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz., was one of four wide receivers selected to the team. He 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, an honorable mention selection, had a team-high 13 pass breakups to rank amongst the best in the nation. A native of Oxnard, Calif, Alford registered 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 regular season.

Unlike other All-American teams, the CSN honor's squad is designed to be like a real team, capable of taking the field and competing in a game. It includes everything from quarterbacks who can run or pass and often-overlooked fullbacks, to long snappers and other special teams performers. The Fabulous Fifty also emphasizes players who have exhibited character and other team-oriented traits, not just lofty statistics, or talent.


Below are the full team and honorable mention selections:




The Roy Kidd FCS Coach of the Year Award: Bruce Barnum, Portland State

The Adrian "AP" Peterson FCS Offensive Player of the Year Award: Marshaun Coprich, RB, senior, 5-9, 205, Illinois State

The James "Boomer" Grigsby FCS Defensive Player of the Year Award: James Cowser, DE, senior, 6-4, 258, Southern Utah

Offensive Lineman Of The Year: Joe Haeg, OT, senior, 6-6, 310, North Dakota State

Special Teams Player Of The Year: Ben LeCompte, P, senior, 5-10, 196, North Dakota State.

Freshmen of the Year: Case Cookus, QB, 6-4, 200, Northern Arizona

Playoff MVP: Nick DeLuca, junior, LB, 6-3, 244, North Dakota State



QB Eli Jenkins, junior, 6-2, 205, Jacksonville State

QB Jacob Huesman, senior, 6-2, 220, Chattanooga

RB Chase Edmonds, sophomore, 5-9, 196, Fordham

RB Kade Harrington, junior, 5-8, 190, Lamar

RB Jacobi Green, senior, 5-9, 192, Richmond

FB Andrew Bonnet, senior, 6-3, 250, North Dakota State

FB Tyler Renew, junior, 5-11, 217, The Citadel

AP Tarik Cohen, junior, 5-6, 173, North Carolina A&T

OC Casey Dunn, junior, 6-3, 285, Jacksonville State

OG Corey Levin, junior, 6-5, 305, Chattanooga

OG Garrick Mayweather, Jr, 6-3, 319, Fordham

OT Clay DeBord, senior, 6-6, 305, Eastern Washington

OT Donald Jackson III, senior, 6-2, 290, Sam Houston State

OL Jonathan Burgess, senior, 6-2, 305, Liberty

OL Erik Austell, junior, 6-3, 285, Charleston Southern

TE Ben Braunecker, senior, 6-4, 240, Harvard

TE Beau Sandland, senior, 6-5, 250, Montana State

WR Jamaal Jones, senior, 6-1, 192, Montana

WR Cooper Kupp, junior, 6-2, 195, Eastern Washington

WR Jake Wieneke, sophomore, 6-4, 210, South Dakota State

WR Emmanuel Butler, sophomore, 6-3, 210, Northern Arizona



DT Javon Hargrave, senior, 6-2, 295, South Carolina State

DT Mitchell Jeter, senior, 6-0, 275, The Citadel

DE Tyrone Holmes, senior, 6-4, 245, Montana

DE Victor Ochi, senior, 6-2, 255, Stony Brook

DL Noah Spence, junior, 6-3, 261, Eastern Kentucky.

DL Keionta Davis, junior, 6-4, 260, Chattanooga

LB Deon King, senior, 6-1, 220, Norfolk State

LB Darnell Sankey, senior, 6-2, 250, Sacramento State

LB Kourtney Berry, junior, 6-0, 215, Alabama State

LB Don Cherry, senior, 6-1, 240, Villanova

LB John Hugunin, 5-11, 232, Drake

LB Christian Kuntz, junior, 6-1, 210, Duquesne

CB Deiondre' Hall, senior, 6-2, 190, Northern Iowa

CB Jermaine Hough, senior, 5-10, 185, Jacksonville State

DB C.J. Smith, senior, 5-11, 183, North Dakota State

DB Dee Delaney, sophomore, 6-1, 191, The Citadel

S DeAndre Houston-Carson, senior, 6-2, 195, William & Mary

S Patrick Onwuasor, senior, 6-2, 225, Portland State



K Nick Dorka, sophomore, 6-0, 180, William & Mary

P Ian Berryman, freshman, 6-0, 200, Western Carolina

KR Willie Quinn, senior, 5-5, 145, Southern

PR Ellis Onic II, sophomore, 5-6, 163, Northern Colorado

LS Joseph Smith, junior, 6-3, 200, Charleston Southern



QB Vad Lee, senior, 6-1, 225, James Madison

RB Troymaine Pope, senior, 5-9, 205, Jacksonville State

RB John Santiago, freshman, 5-9, 170, North Dakota

WR Brendan Flaherty, junior, 6-2, 200, Holy Cross

WR Anthony Warrum, junior, 6-2, 190, Illinois State

WR Justin Watson, sophomore, 6-3, 210, Penn

WR Tyler Dube, senior, 6-0, 170, Sacred Heart

OL Cole Toner, senior, 6-7, 300, Harvard

OL Zack Johnson, junior, 6-4, 327, North Dakota State

OL Aaron Neary, senior, 6-4, 300, Eastern Washington

TE Jordan Powell, sophomore, 6-3, 246, New Hampshire

DL Dino Fanti, senior, 6-1, 265, Eastern Illinois

DL O.J. Mau, junior, 6-2, 308, Gardner-Webb

LB Bo Brown, senior, 6-1, 216, McNeese State

LB Will Ratelle, senior, 5-11, 250, North Dakota

DB Marcus Alford, senior, 5-10, 160, Northern Arizona

DB Tim Kilfoy, senior, 6-1, 215, Northern Iowa

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