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Hagen Named to Walter Camp Foundation All-America Team
Liberty safety Jacob Hagen joined an elite group of former Flame standouts on Tuesday when the senior was named to the 2014 Walter Camp Football Foundation FCS All-America team.
Hagen is the fourth player in program history to be named to one of the oldest All-America teams in the country. Liberty's previous honorees include running back Rashad Jennings (2008), kicker Matt Bevins (2009 and 2010) and kickoff return specialist Kevin Fogg (2011).
Hagen was one of 25 players named to this year's Walter Camp Football Foundation FCS All-America team.
Twenty-one different schools and seven FCS conferences are represented on the 2014 FCS All-America team. Four schools (North Dakota State, New Hampshire, Villanova and Northern Iowa) had two selections. The Missouri Valley Conference led the way with eight selections, while the Big Sky had six and Colonial Athletic Association had four.
The Big South had two representatives on the team, as Hagen was joined by Coastal Carolina linebacker Quinn Backus. The three-time Big South Defensive Player of the Year is making his second appearance on the Walter Camp Football Foundation FCS All-America team.
Hagen led the Flames in 2014 with 108 tackles, including a team-best 69 solo tackles. The senior also paced Liberty with four forced fumbles and had a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown during Liberty's season opener at North Carolina.
The native of Orange Park, Fla., finished the year with eight interceptions, topping all FCS players in the country. One of his eight interceptions came in overtime at Appalachian State, sealing Liberty's third victory over an FBS program in program history.
The All-Big South first-team honoree finished his Liberty career with 245 tackles (158 solo, 87 assisted), the most by a Flames' defender since the 2008 season.
During his four-year playing career at Liberty, Hagen recorded 15 career interceptions, which ranks fifth in program history and second in Big South history. His eight interceptions during his senior campaign ranked fourth in single-season program history and tied the Big South's single-season record.
Hagen was an All-Big South and VaSID first-team honoree in 2013 and was named to the Associated Press FCS All-America third team.
Recently, Hagen finished seventh in the final voting for the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented annually to the top FCS defensive player in the country by the Sports Network.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
2014 Walter Camp FCS All-America Team
First Team Offense
Pos. - Name, School (Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown)
WR - De'Andre Carter, Sacramento State (5-10, 185, Sr., San Jose, Calif.)
WR - R.J. Harris, New Hampshire (6-0, 200, Jr., Odenton, Md.)
TE - Mycole Pruitt, Southern Illinois (6-3, 255, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.)
OL - Mike Coccia, New Hampshire (6-2, 282, R-Fr., Bethlehem, Pa.)
OL - Jack Rummels, Northern Iowa (6-5, 300, Sr., West Branch, Pa.)
OL - Colin Seibert, Eastern Illinois (6-4, 277, R-Jr., Oswego, Ill.)
OL - Jake Rodgers, Eastern Washington (6-6, 320, Jr., Spokane, Wash.)
C - Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State (6-3, 290, Jr., Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
QB - John Robertson, Villanova (6-1, 221, Jr., Paramus, N.J.)
RB - Zack Zenner, South Dakota State @ (6-0, 220, Sr., Eagen, Minn.)
RB - Marshawn Coprich, Illinois State (5-9, 205, Jr., Victorville, Calif.)
PK - Michael Schmadeke, Northern Iowa (5-10, 161, Jr., Waterloom Iowa)
First Team Defense
Pos. - Name, School (Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown)
DL - Zack Wagenmann, Montana (6-4, 250, Sr., Missoula, Mont.)
DL - Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota State (6-3, 246, Jr., Shuyler, Neb.)
DL - Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State (6-2, 295, Jr., Salisbury, N.C.)
DL - James Cowser, Southern Utah (6-4, 258, Jr., Fruit Heights, Utah)
LB - Nick Dzubner, Cal Poly (6-2, 250, Sr., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
LB - Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina * (5-10, 215, Sr., Greenwood, S.C.)
LB - Don Cherry, Villanova (6-1, 221, Jr., Trumbull, Conn.)
DB - Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State * (6-0, 217, Sr., Fairgrove, Mo.)
DB - Colton Heagle, North Dakota State (5-11, 202, R-Jr., Appleton, Wish.)
DB - Jacob Hagen, Liberty (6-3, 205, Sr., Orange Park, Fla.)
DB - Donald Payne, Stetson (6-0, 215, So., Fayetteville, Ga.)
P - Kyle Loomis, Portland State * (6-2, 230, Sr., Roseburg, Ore.)
KR - Pokey Harris, Murray State (5-10, 165, Jr., Winchester, Ky.)
* – 2013 Walter Camp FCS All-American
@ – 2012 and 2013 Walter Camp FCS All-American