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Six Panthers named to FCS All-America teams

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Philadelphia, Pa. (Sports Network) - Six University of Northern Iowa football players were named to the 2008 Sports Network All-American team. Senior defensive tackle Everette Pedescleaux was named to the second team while junior defensive end James Ruffin earned third team All-America honors. Four Panthers earned Honorable Mention All-America status from Sports Network, including senior running back Corey Lewis, junior center Austin Steichen, sophomore place kicker Billy Hallgren and senior linebacker De'Veon Harris.

In 2008, Pedescleaux registered 62 total tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks earning him the second team nod.

Ruffin, who was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference's Defensive Player of the Year, led the Panthers with 10 quarterback sacks and 18 tackles-for-loss. He tallied 69 total tackles and forced three fumbles in 2008.

Lewis, finished his career in the Purple and Gold with a school-record 4,003 rushing yards while racking up 1,314 yards and averaging 87.6 per game in 2008. Lewis led the team with 11 rushing touchdowns and also hauled in two passes for scores.

Steichen started 13 games at center for the Panthers last season. Steichen injured his groin in the first series of the game against BYU, but only missed one week of action. As a part of the offensive line, UNI averaged nearly 200 yards per game on the ground and limited the opposition to only 11 sacks of UNI quarterbacks last season.

Hallgren ranked 12th in the nation in field goals per game (1.27) in 2008. He made 19-of-28 (67.9 percent) on the season, with a long of 47 yards against North Dakota State. Hallgren was 51-for-53 (96 percent) on extra points, leading the team with 108 points scored.

Harris finished the season with 104 total tackles, including 43 solo stops and eight tackles-for-loss. Harris also registered four sacks along with snatching three interceptions and recovering four fumbles.

Walter Payton Award winner Armanti Edwards and Buck Buchanan Award recipient Greg Peach head up the 2008 Sports Network All-America team.

Edwards, the record-setting junior quarterback from Appalachian State, was joined on the first team by two ASU teammates, free safety Mark LeGree and middle linebacker Jacque Roman, matching Hampton for the most first-team picks. A total of 92 players were honored on the three teams.

Peach, the senior defensive end who led FCS in sacks (18) and tackles for loss (22.5), was one of four Big Sky Conference performers chosen to the first team. The Big Sky led all leagues with 17 selections to the three teams, while the Colonial Athletic Association picked up 13 and the Southern Conference had 11 players chosen.

Weber State didn't manage to get a first-team pick, but led overall with seven players on the three teams. Running back Trevyn Smith and wide receiver Tim Toone were second-team honorees, while five Wildcats were selected to the third team, tackle Paul Carpenter, safety Beau Hadley, quarterback Cameron Higgins, tight end Cody Nakamura and defensive tackle Bryce Scanlon. Two other Wildcats were honorable mention.

Overall, Appalachian State had five players on the three teams, with cornerback Cortez Gilbert earning second-team honors and linebacker Pierre Banks getting third-team recognition. The Mountaineers had three more players named honorable mention,

Hampton landed defensive tackle Chris Baker, kickoff returner Kevin Teel and punt returner Jeremy Gilchrist on the first team.

Montana received four spots, with safety Colt Anderson and guard Colin Dow making the first team, while receiver Marc Mariani and tackle Brent Russum were second-team selections.

Central Arkansas, James Madison, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois each earned three spots on the three teams, while 17 other teams had two players selected. Altogether, 46 teams had players on the squad and all 14 FCS conferences were represented.

Wide receiver Ramses Barden of Cal Poly, punt returner Jeremy Gilchrist and safety Lardarius Webb of Nicholls State were the only players to repeat as first-team selections from 2007.

A total of 14 other players who selected to the second and third teams in 2007 were named to one of the three squads again in 2008, led by Edwards.

Others to repeat included Banks, defensive end Jovan Belcher of Maine, linebacker Zach East of Prairie View, guard Stephen Field of Cal Poly, safety Brandon Gathof of Eastern Kentucky, cornerback K.J. Gerard of Northern Arizona, receiver Terrell Hudgins of Elon, guard Matthew McCracken of Richmond, receiver Andre Roberts of The Citadel, tight end Scott Sicko of New Hampshire, safety Terrell Whitehead of Norfolk State and linebacker Jason Williams of Western Illinois.

2008 SPORTS NETWORK ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

Offense
QB Armanti Edwards Appalachian State Junior
RB Herb Donaldson Western Illinois Senior
RB Rashad Jennings Liberty Senior
FB Dane Romero Wofford Senior
WR Ramses Barden Cal Poly Senior
WR John Matthews San Diego Senior
WR Andre Roberts The Citadel Junior
TE Marquez Branson Central Arkansas Senior
T Joel Bell Furman Senior
T Nick Hennessey Colgate Senior
G Colin Dow Montana Senior
G Matthew McCracken Richmond Junior
C Scott Lemn James Madison Senior

Defense
DE Jovan Belcher Maine Senior
DE Greg Peach Eastern Washington Senior
DT Chris Baker Hampton Junior
DT John Faletoese UC Davis Senior
LB Zach East Prairie View Senior
LB Jacque Roman Appalachian State Junior
LB Jason Williams Western Illinois Senior
LB Nathan Williams Murray State Senior
CB K.J. Gerard Northern Arizona Senior
CB William Middleton Furman Senior
S Colt Anderson Montana Senior
S Mark LeGree Appalachian State Sophomore
S Lardarius Webb Nicholls State Senior

Special Teams
PK Taylor Long Eastern Kentucky Senior
P Brett Arnold Massachusetts Senior
KR Kevin Teel Hampton Senior
PR Jeremy Gilchrist Hampton Senior

2008 SPORTS NETWORK ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM

Offense
QB Rodney Landers James Madison Senior
RB William Ford South Carolina State Junior
RB Trevyn Smith Weber State Junior
FB Jared Turcotte Maine Freshman
WR Terrell Hudgins Elon Junior
WR Marc Mariani Montana Junior
WR Tim Toone Weber State Junior
TE Scott Sicko New Hampshire Junior
T Cornelius Lewis Tennessee State Senior
T Brent Russum Montana Senior
G Stephen Field Cal Poly Senior
G Aaron Lockwood Southern Illinois Senior
C Raymond Harrison South Carolina State Senior

Defense
DE Larry Hart Central Arkansas Junior
DE Lawrence Sidbury Richmond Senior
DT Melvin Matthews Grambling Senior
DT Everette Pedescleaux Northern Iowa Senior

LB Bobby Abare Yale Senior
LB Andy Romans Lafayette Senior
LB Cristian Sarmento Northern Colorado Senior
LB Andy Schantz Portland State Senior
CB Cortez Gilbert Appalachian State Junior
CB Domonique Johnson Jackson State Senior
S Tommy Connors Southeastern Louisiana Junior
S Marcus Haywood James Madison Senior
S Jeromy Miles Massachusetts Junior

Special Teams
PK Andrew Wilcox Elon Senior
P Robbie Dehaze Northern Arizona Senior
KR Leroy Vann Florida A&M Junior
PR Scotty McGee James Madison Junior

2008 SPORTS NETWORK ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM

Offense
Pos Player School Class
QB *Nathan Brown Central Arkansas Senior
QB *Cameron Higgins Weber State Sophomore
RB David McCarty Albany Junior
RB Josh Vaughan Richmond Senior
FB Dre Gibbs Western Illinois Junior
WR Dominique Edison Stephen F. Austin Senior
WR Cameron Luke Texas State Senior
WR Tony Washington Sacramento State Senior
TE Cody Nakamura Weber State Junior
T Paul Carpenter Weber State Senior
T James Williams Harvard Junior
G Jonathan Compas UC Davis Senior
G Eman Naghavi McNeese State Senior
C Cecil Newton Tennessee State Senior

Defense
DE Greg Miller Villanova Senior
DE James Ruffin Northern Iowa Junior

DT Kyle Hawari Yale Senior
DT Bryce Scanlon Weber State Senior
LB Pierre Banks Appalachian State Senior
LB Endor Cooper Howard Senior
LB Marcellus Speaks Jackson State Senior
LB Jeffrey Williams Gardner-Webb Sophomore
CB *Andrew Berry Harvard Senior
CB Korey Lindsey Southern Illinois Junior
CB *Chris Wynn Penn Senior
S Brandon Gathof Eastern Kentucky Senior
S Beau Hadley Weber State Junior
S Terrell Whitehead Norfolk State Junior

Special Teams
PK Andrew Samson Penn Sophomore
P Doug Spada Southeast Missouri St Junior
KR Larry Warner Southern Illinois Senior
PR Dominic Bolden Liberty Senior

* - Cameron Higgins and Nathan Brown and Andrew Berry and Chris Wynn tied with the same number of votes.

HONORABLE MENTION

Quarterbacks: Cole Bergquist, Montana; Ryan Berry, South Dakota State; Jonathan Dally, Cal Poly; Chris Pizzotti, Harvard; Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross.

Running Backs: Karrington Bush, Texas State; Corey Lewis, Northern Iowa; Toddrick Penland, McNeese State; Chase Reynolds, Montana; David Sinisi, Monmouth; Jordan Scott, Colgate; Jarvarris Williams, Tennessee State.

Fullbacks: John Crone, Richmond; Jhamal Fluellen, Maine; Jon Hall, Cal Poly; Marcus Mailei, Weber State; Contrevious Parks, Stephen F. Austin.

Wide Receivers: Michael Boyle, New Hampshire; Dobson Collins, Gardner-Webb; JaRon Harris, South Dakota State; Tysson Poots, Southern Utah.

Tight Ends: Abner Brown, Mississippi Valley State; Octavius Darby, South Carolina State; Clay Harbor, Missouri State; Ben Jorden, Appalachian State.

Tackles: Izzy Bauta, Villanova; Vladamir Ducasse, Massachusetts; Ben Ijalana, Villanova; Kyle Link, McNeese State; Raphael Nguti, Albany; Michael Silva, Richmond; Derek Wooten, Wofford.

Guards: Mario Acitelli, Appalachian State; Jeff Bowen, Texas State; Dorian Brooks, James Madison; Dennis Conley, Hampton; Jeff Hansen, Montana State; Chaz Millard, Eastern Illinois.

Centers: Ryan Canary, Maine; Mike Godsil, Liberty; Zach Harrington, North Dakota State; Kheon Hendricks, Delaware; Tommy Hernandez, UC Davis; J.D. Quinn, Montana; Brad Samsa, Youngstown State; Austin Steichen, Northern Iowa, Jonathan St. Pierre, Illinois State.

Place Kickers: Robbie Dehaze, Northern Arizona; Andrew Ireland, Texas State; Billy Hallgren, Northern Iowa; Jeremy Licea, Alabama A&M; Davis Rodriguez, Lafayette; Dave Stannard, James Madison; Robert Weeks, Northwestern State.

Punters: Jason Leo, Lehigh; Derrick Raymer, Sam Houston State; Brian Scullin, Dartmouth; Trevor Ward, Southern Utah.

Kickoff Returners: Jonathan Grimes, William & Mary; A.J. Kizekai, Bucknell; Scotty McGee, James Madison; Lardarius Webb, Nicholls State.

Punt Returners: Elliott Finkley, Jacksonville; Austin Knowlin, Columbia; Marc Mariani, Montana; William Osborne, Texas Southern; Andre Roberts, The Citadel.

Defensive Ends: Lardarius Anthony, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Marcus Benard, Jackson State; Tim Knicky, Stephen F. Austin; Kevin Linehan, Weber State; Sherman Logan, Richmond; Adrian Tracy, William & Mary; Dakota Walker, Georgia Southern; Pierre Walters, Eastern Illinois; Scott Vossler, Dayton.

Defensive Tackles: Austin Curtis, Southern Utah; Matt Curtis, Harvard; Brian Jackson, Lehigh; Tom Pandolf, Albany; Ray Williams, Tennessee-Martin.

Linebackers: Chris Covington, Georgia Southern; Bobby Daly, Montana State; Tim Diamond, Lehigh; Seth Goldwire, Wofford; Jarrell Guyton, Morgan State; De'Veon Harris, Northern Iowa; Scott Lewis, Saint Francis; Cyrus Mulitalo, Sacramento State; Osayi Osunde, Villanova; Lee Robinson, Alcorn State.

Cornerbacks: Jeffrey Jack, Grambling; Josh Morris, Weber State; Courtney Robinson, Massachusetts; Justin Rogers, Richmond.

Safeties: Carnell Clark, Jacksonville State; Max Lerner, Furman; Dontrell Miller, Tennessee-Martin.

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