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Craig Haley | Stats Perform | August 23, 2022

National powers North Dakota State, South Dakota State highlight Stats Perform FCS preseason All-America team

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CHICAGO – Defending FCS champion North Dakota State and fellow Missouri Valley Conference member South Dakota State lead the way with six selections each on the Stats Perform 2022 FCS Preseason All-America Team, announced on Monday.

Included are NDSU senior fullback Hunter Luepke, who’s been a first-team selection on each of the past two Stats Perform postseason All-America squads, and SDSU tight end Tucker Kraft, also a returning first-team selection who as a junior is considered one of the leading 2023 NFL Draft prospects in the NCAA’s Division I subdivision.

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All 15 FCS conferences and 57 schools are represented among the 105 All-Americans, which included 56 players who were postseason All-Americans previously.

2022 STATS PERFORM FCS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Previous Season(s) as First-Team Postseason All-American Listed in Parentheses

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

  • QB – Xavier Shepherd, 6-0, 205, junior, Kennesaw State (2021 All-Purpose)
  • RB – Isaiah Davis, 6-1, 220, junior, South Dakota State
  • RB – Isaiah Ifanse, 5-10, 202, senior, Montana State
  • FB – Hunter Luepke, 6-1, 236, senior, North Dakota State (2020, 2021)
  • WR – Xavier Gipson, 5-9, 170, senior, Stephen F. Austin (2021)
  • WR – Taylor Grimes, 5-11, 190, senior, UIW
  • TE – Tucker Kraft, 6-5, 255, junior, South Dakota State (2021)
  • OL – Michael Corbi, 6-6, 335, senior, Villanova
  • OL – McClendon Curtis, 6-6, 328, senior, Chattanooga
  • OL – Matthan Hatchie, 6-2, 310, senior, UT Martin
  • OL – Cody Mauch, 6-6, 303, senior, North Dakota State
  • OL – Mason McCormick, 6-4, 310, senior, South Dakota State

DEFENSE

  • DL – Nate Lynn, 6-3, 255, junior, William & Mary (2021)
  • DL – Devonnsha Maxwell, 6-3, 296, senior, Chattanooga (2021)
  • DL – Josiah Silver, 6-2, 234, sophomore, New Hampshire
  • DL – Spencer Waege, 6-5, 278, senior, North Dakota State
  • LB – Jacob Dobbs, 6-0, 232, senior, Holy Cross (2021)
  • LB – Ryan Greenhagen 6-1, 245, grad, Fordham
  • LB – Isaiah Land 6-4, 215, senior, Florida A&M (2021)
  • LB – Patrick O’Connell, 6-2, 225, redshirt senior, Montana (2021)
  • LB – Stone Snyder, 6-3, 240, senior, VMI (2020)
  • DB – Anthony Adams, 6-0, 185, senior, Portland State (2019)
  • DB – Justin Ford, 6-2, 190, redshirt senior, Montana (2021)
  • DB – Ferlando Jordan, 6-0, 180, redshirt senior, Southeastern Louisiana
  • DB – Kedrick Whitehead, 5-11, 195, senior, Delaware (2020)

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • PK – Matthew Cook, 5-11, 180, junior, Northern Iowa
  • P – Grant Burkett, 6-1, 191, sophomore, Missouri State
  • LS – Robert Soderholm, 6-1, 230, senior, VMI
  • KR – Malik Flowers, 6-2, 200, redshirt senior, Montana
  • PR – Jah’Marae Sheread, 5-7, 175, redshirt senior, Florida A&M
  • AP – Ulonzo Gilliam Jr., 5-9, 189, senior, UC Davis
  • AP – Jacob Saylors, 5-11, 195, senior, ETSU

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

  • QB – Jason Shelley, 5-11, 197, senior, Missouri State
  • RB – Juwon Farri, 5-10, 195, redshirt senior, Monmouth
  • RB – Malik Grant, junior, 5-9, 200, senior, Sacred Heart
  • RB – Jaleel McLaughlin, 5-9, 195, senior, Youngstown State
  • WR – Avante Cox, 5-10, 170, senior, Southern Illinois (2020)
  • WR – Jakob Herres, 6-4, 225, grad, Richmond (2020)
  • TE – Kemari Averett, 6-6, 260, senior, Bethune-Cookman
  • TE – Ryan Miller, 6-2, 221, redshirt senior, Furman
  • OL – Noah Atagi, 6-4, 325, junior, Weber State
  • OL – Garret Greenfield, 6-6, 295, senior, South Dakota State (2020)
  • OL – Alex Jensen, 6-7, 280, senior, South Dakota
  • OL – Kyle Nunez, 6-2, 340, grad, Stony Brook
  • OL – Anderson Tomlin, 6-5, 296, redshirt senior, Furman

DEFENSE

  • DL – Brevin Allen, 6-4, 265, senior, Campbell
  • DL – Malik Hamm, 6-3, 260, senior, Lafayette
  • DL – Jeblonski Green, 6-3, 265, redshirt junior, South Carolina State
  • DL – Jordan Lewis, 6-3, 195, junior, Southern (2020)
  • DL – Clay Patterson, 6-3, 267, junior, Yale
  • DL – B.J. Thompson, 6-6, 210, senior, Stephen F. Austin
  • LB – Kelechi Anyalebechi, 6-0, 240, grad, UIW
  • LB – Adam Bock, 6-1, 215, sophomore, South Dakota State
  • LB – Spencer Cuvelier, 6-3, 245, redshirt senior, Northern Iowa
  • LB – David Hoage, 6-3, 250, junior, Northern Colorado
  • LB – Titus Leo, 6-4, 245, grad, Wagner
  • LB – Tristan Wheeler, 6-2, 228, redshirt junior, Richmond
  • DB – Zy Alexander, 6-3, 185, sophomore, Southeastern Louisiana
  • DB – Montrae Braswell, 6-0, 190, junior, Missouri State
  • DB – Robby Hauck, 5-10, 185, redshirt senior, Montana
  • DB – Michael Tutsie, 5-11, 193, senior, North Dakota State

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • PK – Kyle Sentkowski, 6-0, 209, senior, Sacramento State
  • P – Max Quick, 5-10, 185, junior, Stephen F. Austin
  • LS – Dalton Godfrey, 6-2, 230, senior, South Dakota
  • KR – Isaiah Bolden, 6-2, 205, senior, Jackson State
  • PR – Devon Harper, 5-9, 165, junior, Mercer (2020)
  • AP – Jake Chisholm, 5-9, 191, senior, Dayton
  • AP – Javon Williams Jr., 6-2, 245, junior, Southern Illinois (2020)

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THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

  • QB – Trae Self, 6-4, 190, senior Stephen F. Austin
  • RB – Ailym Ford, 5-9, 213, junior, Chattanooga
  • RB – Geno Hess, 5-8, 209, senior, Southeast Missouri
  • RB – Ty Son Lawton, 5-10, 215, senior, Stony Brook
  • WR – Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, 6-1, 190, senior, Alabama A&M
  • WR – Jaxon Janke, 6-3, 210, senior, South Dakota State
  • WR – Xavier Smith, 5-10, 170, grad, Florida A&M
  • TE – Marshel Martin, 6-2, 209, junior, Sacramento State
  • OL – Nick Correia, 6-6, 330, redshirt junior, Rhode Island
  • OL – Mark Evans II, 6-4, 295, senior, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  • OL – Levi Nesler, 6-1, 318, redshirt senior, Murray State
  • OL – Jake Parks, 6-3, 285, senior, UC Davis
  • OL – Evan Roussel, 6-2, 290, sophomore, Nicholls

DEFENSE

  • DL – Ty French, 6-3, 230, junior, Gardner-Webb
  • DL – Jonathan Hammond, 6-2, 227, junior, Davidson
  • DL – Logan Jessup, 6-3, 255, junior, Central Arkansas
  • DL – VJ Malo, 6-1, 270, senior, Portland State
  • DL – Kevin Peprah, 6-2, 235, senior, Sacred Heart
  • DL – Markel Perry, 6-2, 220, redshirt senior, Sam Houston
  • LB – Ty Boeck, 6-1, 218, senior, Chattanooga
  • LB – John Ford II, 6-3, 230, grad, UT Martin
  • LB – Matthew Jackson, 6-2, 205, redshirt senior, Eastern Kentucky
  • LB – James Kaczor, 6-0, 212, senior, North Dakota State
  • LB – Trevor Williams, 5-9, 205, senior, Sam Houston
  • DB – Cole Coleman, 5-10, 193, senior, Elon
  • DB – Eddie Heckard, 5-10, 190, junior, Weber State
  • DB – Travis Hunter, 6-1, 165, freshman, Jackson State
  • DB – Deven Sims, 6-2, 200, redshirt senior, UT Martin
  • DB – Lance Wise, 5-8, 185, junior, Mercer

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • PK – Chris Campos, 5-10, 220, redshirt sophomore, Stephen F. Austin
  • P – Ryan Kost, 6-2, 200, grad, Monmouth
  • LS – Brian McNamara, 5-9, 190, senior, Sacred Heart
  • KR – Calvin Jones, 5-10, 175, sophomore, Western Carolina
  • PR – Jayden Price, 6-0, 197, senior, North Dakota State
  • AP – Narii Gaither, 5-10, 181, senior, Gardner-Webb
  • AP – Darius Hale, 5-11, 225, sophomore, Central Arkansas
  • AP – Tommy Mellott, 6-0, 195, sophomore, Montana State
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