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South Carolina State redshirt senior linebacker Darius Leonard continues to pile up the postseason awards.

On Tuesday, he was named to the starting unit on the 2017 STATS FCS All-America Team.

Recently, Leonard was named to The Associated Press’ FCS All-America first team. S.C. State’s all-time leading tackler also earned back-to-back MEAC Defensive Player of the Year awards and was named the first HBCU Sports Defensive Player of the Year.

The STATS All-America team featured players from 54 schools and all 13 conferences. National semifinalist Sam Houston State had the most selections with five followed by Central Arkansas, Jacksonville State, James Madison, North Dakota State and Weber State with four each. The Missouri Valley Football Conference led all conferences with 17 selections.

On defense, the other first-team selections were senior defensive ends Andrew Ankrah of James Madison and Darius Jackson of Jacksonville State; Western Illinois senior linebacker Brett Taylor, defensive linemen P.J. Hall of Sam Houston State and Jonathan Petersen of San Diego; linebackers Nick DeLuca of North Dakota State, and Sione Teuhema of Southeastern Louisiana; and defensive backs Mike Basile of Monmouth, Davontae Harris of Illinois State, Taron Johnson of Weber State and Tremon Smith of Central Arkansas.

The first-team offense is senior quarterbacks Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State and Chris Streveler of South Dakota; UC Davis junior wide receiver Keelan Doss, running backs Dom Bragalone of Lehigh and Josh Mack of Maine; fullback Cal Daniels of Stony Brook; wide receivers Nathan Stewart of Sam Houston State and Justin Watson of Penn; tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota State; and offensive linemen Austin Kuhnert of North Dakota State, Justin Lea of Jacksonville State, Brandon Parker of North Carolina A&T, Skyler Phillips of Idaho State and Aaron Stinnie of James Madison.

The first-team special teams selections were Nicholls place-kicker Lorran Fonseca, Incarnate Word punter Joe Zema, North Dakota State long snapper James Fisher, Southeastern Louisiana kick returner Juwan Petit-Frere, Harvard punt returner Justice Shelton-Mosley and Western Carolina all-purpose back Detrez Newsome.

Wofford junior fullback Andre Stoddard was a second-team pick, as was Furman senior offensive lineman Matthew Schmidt.

On defense, Charleston Southern senior Anthony Ellis made the second team, while junior Wofford defensive lineman Miles Brown was on the third team.


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