NEW HAVEN, CT – Three-time selection Zach Zenner (South Dakota State) headlines Walter Camp’s 2014 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.
A running back, Zenner is the sixth player to be a three-time Walter Camp FCS All-America selection, joining former New Hampshire standouts, wide receiver David Ball (2004-2006), quarterback David Santos (2005-2007) and linebacker Matt Evans (2010-2012), Appalachian State defensive back Mark Legree (2008-2010) and defensive back Marcus Williams (2011-2013).
Zenner rushed for 2,019 yards and 22 touchdowns on the season. He is joined in the offensive backfield by Illinois State’s Marshawn Coprich, who has led the Redbirds into the FCS semifinals by rushing for 2,089 yards and 26 touchdowns. At quarterback is Villanova junior John Robertson, who threw for 2,846 yards and 35 touchdowns for the Wildcats, while adding 1,078 rushing yards and 11 more scores. Robertson was the recipient of the Walter Payton Award, given to the nation’s best FCS player.
There are three repeat Walter Camp FCS All-Americans on defense, led by linebacker Quinn Backus (Coastal Carolina) and defensive back Caleb Schaffitzel (Missouri State). Backus totaled 127 tackles and 5.5 quarterback sacks for the 12-2 Chanticleers. Schaffitzel recorded 96 tackles and 12 pass break-ups this season. Punter Kyle Loomis (Portland State) is a repeat All-American honoree. Loomis averaged a FCS-best 46.0 yards per punt for the Vikings.
The 2014 Buck Buchanan Award recipient, North Dakota State defensive end Kyle Emanuel is on the team. Emanuel leads the FCS in tackles for loss (28.5) and is second in sacks (17.0).
Twenty-one different schools and seven FCS conferences are represented on the 2014 FCS All-America team. Four schools (North Dakota State, New Hampshire, Villanova and Northern Iowa) had two selections. The Missouri Valley Conference led the way with eight selections, while the Big Sky had six and Colonial Athletic Association had four.
Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
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2014 Walter Camp FCS All-America Team
First Team Offense
Pos. Name, School Ht Wgt Yr. Hometown
WR De’Andre Carter, Sacramento State 5-10 185 Sr. San Jose, CA
WR R.J. Harris, New Hampshire 6-0 200 Jr. Odenton, MD
TE Mycole Pruitt, Southern Illinois 6-3 255 Sr. St. Louis, MO
OL Mike Coccia, New Hampshire 6-2 282 R-Fr. Bethlehem, PA
OL Jack Rummels, Northern Iowa 6-5 300 Sr. West Branch, PA
OL Colin Seibert, Eastern Illinois 6-4 277 R-Jr. Oswego, IL
OL Jake Rodgers, Eastern Washington 6-6 320 Jr. Spokane, WA
C Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State 6-3 290 Jr. Tuscaloosa, AL
QB John Robertson, Villanova 6-1 221 Jr. Paramus, NJ
RB Zack Zenner, South Dakota State @ 6-0 220 Sr. Eagen, MN
RB Marshawn Coprich, Illinois State 5-9 205 Jr. Victorville, CA
PK Michael Schmadeke, Northern Iowa 5-10 161 Jt. Waterloom IA
First Team Defense
Pos. Name, School Ht Wgt Yr. Hometown
DL Zack Wagenmann, Montana 6-4 250 Sr. Missoula, MT
DL Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota State 6-3 246 Jr. Shuyler, NE
DL Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State 6-2 295 Jr. Salisbury, NC
DL James Cowser, Southern Utah 6-4 258 Jr. Fruit Heights, UT
LB Nick Dzubner, Cal-Poly 6-2 250 Sr. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
LB Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina * 5-10 215 Sr. Greenwood, SC
LB Don Cherry, Villanova 6-1 221 Jr. Trumbull, CT
DB Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State * 6-0 217 Sr. Fairgrove, MO
DB Colton Heagle, North Dakota State 5-11 202 R-Jr. Appleton, WI
DB Jacob Hagen, Liberty 6-3 205 Sr. Orange Park, FL
DB Donald Payne, Stetson 6-0 215 Soph. Fayetteville, GA
P Kyle Loomis, Portland State * 6-2 230 Sr. Roseburg, OR
KR Pokey Harris, Murray State 5-10 165 Jr. Winchester, KY
* – 2013 Walter Camp FCS All-American
@ – 2012 and 2013 Walter Camp FCS All-American