LeZotte, Foster earn All-America honors

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Delaware's Omar Cuff scored 38 touchdowns and rushed for 1,861 yards this season.

Tony LeZotte of Augusta made it 4-for-4 when The Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-America team was released Wednesday.


The James Madison senior free safety, a former Westside High School standout, was named to the FCS All-America first team. It marked the fourth time he received The Associated Press All-America honors, making the first team twice and the second team twice.

This season, LeZotte led the Dukes with 95 tackles, along with 4.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.

Ricky Santos capped one of the most prolific college careers a quarterback has ever had with an All-America season.

The New Hampshire quarterback, along with record-breaking running back Omar Cuff of Delaware, also were selected to All-America first team.

Santos, last season's Walter Payton Award winner as the best player in what was formerly known as Division I-AA, has led the Wildcats to the playoffs each season. He threw for 2,972 yards and 24 touchdowns this season, and New Hampshire finished 7-5 after an FCS playoff loss to top-ranked Northern Iowa.

Santos' 123 career touchdown passes and 13,212 yards passing rank third in FCS history behind Alcorn State's Steve McNair and Grambling State's Bruce Eugene.

Cuff, who will lead the Blue Hens into the national championship game against Appalachian State, set an FCS record for touchdowns this season with 38.

Georgia Southern's Jayson Foster, a Payton Award finalist this season, joined Cuff and Santos in the backfield. Foster is second in the nation in touchdowns (24) and yards rushing per game (167.6).

Cuff's teammate, kicker Jon Striefsky, was also a first-team All-American. Striefsky leads the nation's kickers with 124 points.



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