Liberty seniors Jonathan Burgess (63), John Lunsford (49) and Chima Uzowihe (52) have been named to the 2015 STATS FCS All-America second team.
Liberty seniors Jonathan Burgess, John Lunsford and Chima Uzowihe have been named to the 2015 STATS FCS All-America second team.
Burgess (OL), Lunsford (K) and Uzowihe (DL) were three of the nine Big South players named to the 2015 STATS FCS All-America first, second and third teams. In total, 102 players were named to the All-America teams, spread among 57 schools and 13 FCS conferences.
Burgess finished his career at Liberty as a three-time Big South all-conference selection (second team, 2013; first team, 2014 and 2015).
The native of Stafford, Va., was named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America first team and the former walk-on finished his career with 34 career starts.
Burgess paced the Flames in knockdowns in 2015 and helped Liberty lead the Big South in passing yards (259.9 yards per game).
The All-America honor is the third of Lunsford's career after being named a Sports Network and Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America first-team honoree in 2014.
Lunsford finished his career as the NCAA FCS career record holder with 12 50-plus yard field goals. He is Liberty's all-time leader in career extra points made (150) and ranks second in field goals (48) and career scoring (294 points).
The native of Fort Myers, Fla., completed his senior season ranked No. 12 in the country among FCS kickers in field goal attempts (79) and No. 23 in field goals (48).
Uzowihe spent the entire 2015 season on the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year watch list, finishing 22nd in the final voting for the nation's top defensive player award.
The senior finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles (34 solo, 18 assisted), including 17.0 tackles for a loss (86 yards) and 8.0 sacks (62 yards). He also added a team-best six quarterback hurries, along with four pass breakups and a forced fumble.
The senior led the Big South and ranked No. 17 in the country in tackles for a loss (1.5 per game). He also led the conference and ranked No. 18 in the nation in sacks per game (0.73).
The native of Houston, Texas, finished his career with a program and Big South-best 25.0 sacks. His 44.0 career tackles for a loss ranks second in program history and third in the Big South record book. During his four-year career, he recorded 150 tackles (84 solo, 66 assisted), 10 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
2015 STATS FCS All-America Teams
First Team Offense QB - Eli Jenkins, Jr, Jacksonville State RB - Marshaun Coprich, Sr., Illinois State; Chase Edmonds, So., Fordham; Kade Harrington, Jr., Lamar FB - Tyler Renew, Jr., The Citadel WR - Jamaal Jones, Sr., Montana; Cooper Kupp, Jr., Eastern Washington; Jake Wieneke, So., South Dakota State TE - Ben Braunecker, Sr., Harvard OL - Clay DeBord, Sr., Eastern Washington; Joe Haeg, Sr., North Dakota State; Donald Jackson III, Sr., Sam Houston State; Corey Levin, Jr., Chattanooga; Cole Toner, Sr., Harvard AP - Johnta' Hebert, Sr., Prairie View A&M
Defense DL - James Cowser, Gr., Southern Utah; Javon Hargrave, Sr., South Carolina State; Tyrone Holmes, Sr., Montana; Victor Ochi, Sr., Stony Brook; Noah Spence, Jr., Eastern Kentucky LB - Deon King, Sr., Norfolk State; Christian Kuntz, Jr., Duquesne; Darnell Sankey, Sr., Sacramento State; Myke Tavarres, Sr., Incarnate Word DB - Dee Delaney, So., The Citadel; Deiondre' Hall, Sr., Northern Iowa; DeAndre Houston-Carson, Sr., William & Mary; Patrick Onwuasor, Sr., Portland State
Special Teams PK - Nick Dorka, So., William & Mary P - Ben LeCompte, Sr., North Dakota State KR - Willie Quinn, Sr., Southern PR - Khris Gardin, So., North Carolina A&T LS - Joshua Appel, Jr., Indiana State
Second Team Offense QB - Jacob Huesman, Sr., Chattanooga RB - Jacobi Green, Sr., Richmond; De'Angelo Henderson, Jr., Coastal Carolina FB - Andrew Bonnet, Sr., North Dakota State WR - Emmanuel Butler, So., Northern Arizona; Tyler Dube, Gr., Sacred Heart; Brendan Flaherty, Jr., Holy Cross TE - Beau Sandland, Sr., Montana State OL - Erik Austell, Jr., Charleston Southern; Jonathan Burgess, Sr., Liberty; Julie'n Davenport, Jr., Bucknell; Casey Dunn, Jr., Jacksonville State; Mitch Kirsch, Jr., James Madison AP - John Santiago, Fr., North Dakota
Defense DL - Keionta Davis, Jr., Chattanooga; Dino Fanti, Sr., Eastern Illinois; P.J. Hall, So., Sam Houston State; Karter Schult, Jr., Northern Iowa; Chima Uzowihe, Sr., Liberty LB - Andrew Ankrah, So., James Madison; Kourtney Berry, Jr., Alabama State; Don Cherry, Sr., Villanova; Stephen Hodge, Gr., Fordham; Brett McMakin, Jr., Northern Iowa DB - David Jones, Jr., Richmond; Miles Killebrew, Sr., Southern Utah; Harlan Miller, Sr., Southeastern Louisiana; Donald Payne, Jr., Stetson; Wallace Scott, Sr., McNeese State
Special Teams PK - John Lunsford, Sr., Liberty P - Ryan Hawkins, Sr., Northern Arizona KR - Lorenzo Jerome, Jr., Saint Francis PR - Ellis Onic II, So., Northern Colorado LS - Joseph Smith, Jr., Charleston Southern
Third Team Offense QB - Case Cookus, Fr., Northern Arizona; Vad Lee, Sr., James Madison RB - Tarik Cohen, Jr., North Carolina A&T; Troymaine Pope, Sr., Jacksonville State FB - Joe Protheroe, So., Cal Poly WR - Brian Brown, Jr., Richmond; Anthony Warrum, Jr., Illinois State; Justin Watson, So., Penn TE - Eric Saubert, Sr., Drake OL - Quinton Marsh, Sr., McNeese State; Garrick Mayweather, Sr., Fordham; Sean Meehan, Sr., North Dakota; Brandon Parker, So., North Carolina A&T; Nick Ritcher, Sr., Richmond AP - Justice Shelton-Mosley, Fr., Harvard
Defense DL - Mitchell Jeter, Sr., The Citadel; Chris Landrum, Gr., Jacksonville State; O.J. Mau, Sr.; Greg Menard, So., North Dakota State; Derek Rivers, Jr., Youngstown State LB - Aaron Brown, Sr., Charleston Southern; Tyler Drake, Sr., Penn; John Hugunin, Sr., Drake; Cory Magwood, Sr., Furman; James Rentz, Jr., Sacred Heart DB - James Bradberry, Sr., Samford; Casey DeAndrade, Jr., New Hampshire; Jermaine Hough, Sr., Jacksonville State; Jevon Elmore, Jr., Central Connecticut State; Clayton Ewell, Sr., Bucknell
Special Teams PK - Chris Moore, Sr., Northwestern State P - Chris Fraser, Jr., Cornell KR - Devin Brown, Jr., Coastal Carolina PR - Makinton Dorleant, Sr., Northern Iowa LS - Kameron Canaday, Sr., Portland State
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