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UNI lands two players on Fab Fifty FCS All-America Team

CHICAGO, Ill. - The University of Northern Iowa football team had two players named to the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America team. The Panthers also added one member to the honorable mention list as well.

Senior Everette Pedescleaux and junior James Ruffin were named to the squad on the
defensive line. Junior center Austin Steichen earned honorable mention status.

In all, 36 teams and 13 conferences are represented on the team. Richmond landed
four players on the squad, James Madison had three, while nine other teams also
had multiple selections -- Appalachian State, Central Arkansas, Elon, Liberty,
Montana, Northern Arizona, Northern Iowa, UC Davis, and Western Illinois.
Counting the Honorable Mention selections, 65 schools and all 14 conferences were
honored.

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.

Mike London, who led Richmond to its first NCAA championship season was named as
CSN's coach of the year. A first year head coach returning to his alma mater,
London guided the Spiders to a 4-3 start in the season before Richmond ripped out
a nine game win streak which included toppling the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 seeds in the playoffs. Under his tutelage, Richmond became only the second private school
ever to win the Division I football crown.

Walter Payton award winner Armanti Edwards, the All-Southern Conference quarterback from Appalachian State was named as CSN's Offensive Player Of The Year. Giving
opposing defenses fits again this year, Edwards finished the regular season with
2,902 passing yards, 941 rushing yards and a SoCon-record 41 touchdowns responsible for (30 passing, 11 rushing). and led his Mountaineers to another Southern Conference championship and into the playoff quarterfinals. Armanti was selected to the team in 2007 as the Playoff Most Valuable Player.

Buck Buchanan award winner and All-Big Sky Conference defensive end from Eastern
Washington, Greg Peach was honored as CSN's Defensive Player Of The Year for 2008.
Peach led the FCS in sacks (1.64 per game, 18 total for 103 yards in losses) and
tackles for loss (2.05 per game, 22.5 total, 133 yards), racking up six multi-sack
games and 72 tackles. Peach won the Buchanan Award by the largest margin in the
honor's history.

Matt McCracken, All-Colonial Athletic Association offensive guard at Richmond was
named as CSN's Offensive Lineman Of The Year. McCracken's 37-consecutive starts are a team high and he helped pave the way for another impressive rushing performance by the Spiders. Richmond is ranked as the league's fourth-best rushing team
(188.9 yards/game) and is one of the league's best teams at converting on third-and-short.

Richmond defensive end and captain Lawrence Sidbury, Jr. garnered the Playoff Most
Valuable Player nod for his astounding performances while leading the Spiders to their historic championship. Sidbury, All-Colonial Athletic Association for the second straight year. anchors the league leading "Stonewall" defense of the Spiders which held Montana to a season low 39 yards rushing in the championship game. He accounted for four sacks in the game and five total in the playoffs for 28 yards in losses.

CSN's Freshman Of The Year honors went to All-Big South Conference running back Edwin Gowins from Stony Brook. Gowins set new Stony Brook records for yards and yards per carry in a season, finishing second in the Big South with his 1,310 yards and 119.1 yards per game average. His total yards is also the top mark among all freshman at the NCAA Division I FCS level in 2008, with his 278 yards against Iona setting a new Big South single-game record.

Seven players were repeat selections from last year on the team, including Edwards
of Appalachian State, three-time pick Ramses Barden of Cal Poly, Terrell Hudgins
of Elon, Zach East of Prairie View A&M, Lardarius Webb of Nicholls State, Colt Anderson of Montana, and Dan Pope of Liberty.

2008 NCAA DIVISION I FCS FABULOUS FIFTY ALL-AMERICAN TEAM

HONORS
Coach of the Year: Mike London, Richmond
Offensive Player of the Year: Armanti Edwards, QB, Appalachian State
Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Peach, DE, Eastern Washington
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Matthew McCracken, OG, Richmond
Freshman of the Year: Edwin Gowins, RB, Stony Brook
Playoff Most Valuable Player: Lawrence Sidbury, Jr., DE, Richmond 

OFFENSE

QB Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas
QB Rodney Landers, James Madison
RB Herb Donaldson, Western Illinois
RB Rashad Jennings, Liberty
FB Marcus Mailei, Weber State
AB Larry Warner, Southern Illinois
C Scott Lemm, James Madison
OG Colin Dow, Montana
OG Jonathan Compas, UC Davis
OT Joel Bell, Furman
OT Nick Hennessey, Colgate
OL Cornelius Lewis, Tennessee State
TE Clay Harbor, Missouri State
TE Scott Sicko, New Hampshire
WR Andre Roberts, The Citadel
WR Cameron Luke, Texas State
WR John Matthews, San Diego
WR Ramses Barden, Cal Poly
WR Terrell Hudgins, Elon

DEFENSE
DT Everette Pedescleaux, Northern Iowa
DT John Faletoese, UC Davis
DE Greg Miller, Villanova
DE Jovan Belcher, Maine
DL Austin Lane, Murray State
DL James Ruffin, Northern Iowa
DL Larry Hart, Central Arkansas
DL Sherman Logan, Richmond
LB Andy Schantz, Portland State
LB Bobby Abare, Yale
LB Eric McBride, Richmond
LB Jason Williams, Western Illinois
LB Zach East, Prairie View A&M
CB Dominique Johnson, Jackson State
CB K. J. Gerard, Northern Arizona
DB Carnell Clark, Jacksonville State
DB Courtney Robinson, Massachusetts
DB Dontrell Miller, Tennessee Martin
DB Lardarius Webb, Nicholls State
S Colt Anderson, Montana
S Mark LeGree Appalachian State 

SPECIAL TEAMS
K Andrew Wilcox, Elon
P Robby Dehaze, Northern Arizona
KR Leroy Vann, Florida A&M
PR Scotty McGee, James Madison
LS Dan Pope, Liberty

HONORABLE MENTION
(*Players named here might have also been on the Fab 50 team but were also cited as considerations for the top honors)

*Coach of the Year: Clint Conque, Central Arkansas; Ron McBride, Weber State.
*Offensive Player of the Year: Rodney Landers, James Madison.
*Defensive Player of the Year: Colt Anderson, Montana; Marcellus Speaks, Jackson State.
*Offensive Lineman of the Year: Stephen Field, Cal Poly.
*Freshman of the Year: Deonte Williams, Northern Arizona; Jonathan Grimes, William & Mary; Josh McGregor, Jacksonville; Nate Eachus, Colgate; Greg Dillon, Grambling.

POSITIONAL HONORABLE MENTION
QB - Cameron Higgins, Weber State; Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State.

RB - David Sinisi, Monmouth; Josh Vaughan, Richmond; Trevyn Smith, Weber State;
Blake Burton, Texas State.

FB - Jared Turcotte, Maine.

AB - Tim Maypray, VMI; William Osbourne, Texas Southern.

OL - Aaron Lockwood, Southern Illinois; Austin Steichen, Northern Iowa;
Brad Sasma, Youngstown State; James Williams, Harvard; Kheon Hendricks, Delaware;
Raymond Harrison, South Carolina State; Cleveland Collie, Prairie View A&M;
Jonathan Bieschke, Appalachian State; Raphael Nguti, Albany; Derek Wooten, Wofford.

TE - Abner Brown, Mississippi Valley State; Brian Mandeville, Northeastern;
John Nalbone, Monmouth; Marquez Branson, Central Arkansas.

WR - Marc Mariani, Montana; Mike Boyle, New Hampshire; Tim Toone, Weber State;
Victor Cruz, Massachusetts.

DL - Adrian Tracy, William & Mary; Cedric Lloyd, South Carolina State;
Chris Brown, Sam Houston State; Dakota Walker, Georgia Southern;
Danny Batten, South Dakota State; Marcus Benard, Jackson State;
Melvin Matthews, Grambling State; Pierre Walters, Eastern Illinois;
Sam Daniels, James Madison; Stephen Nwogbe, Northern Arizona;
Tim Knicky, Stephen F. Austin.

LB - Andy Romans, Lafayette; Chris Covington, Georgia Southern;
Jacque Roman, Appalachian State; Jarrell Guyton, Morgan State;
Jeffrey Williams, Gardner Webb; Matt Parent, New Hampshire;
Osayi Osunde, Villanova; Seth Goldwire, Wofford.

DB - Charles Graves, Delaware; Chris Wynn, Penn; Dino Vasso, New Hampshire;
John Clements, New Hampshire; Justin Rodgers, Richmond;
Nick Schommer, North Dakota State; Quadir Carter, Lehigh;
Tommy Connors, SE Louisiana; William Middleton, Furman;
Zach Denton, Eastern Kentucky.

P - Brett Arnold, Massachusetts; Doug Spada, SE Missouri State.

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