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Burgess and Uzowihe Named to AP All-America Team

December 16, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Burgess and Uzowihe Named to AP All-America Team

All-America honors continue to roll in for Liberty's Jonathan Burgess and Chima Uzowihe as the pair of seniors were named to the 2015 Associated Press (AP) FCS All-America second team on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Burgess and Uzowihe, along with kicker John Lunsford, were named to the 2015 STATS FCS All-America second team.

Liberty has had a player selected to an AP All-America team seven of the last eight years. The last time the Flames had multiple AP All-Americans in the same year was in 2010 when kicker Matt Bevins (second team) and wide receiver Chris Summers (third team) were selected.

Liberty had two of the five Big South selections on the All-America teams. Burgess and Uzowihe were joined by Coastal Carolina running back De'Angelo Henderson, Charleston Southern offensive lineman Erik Austell and Gardner-Webb defensive lineman O.J. Mau, who were each third-team selections.

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).

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 Associated Press All-America Teams

First Team
Offense

Quarterback — Dakota Prukop, junior, Montana State
Running backs — Marshaun Coprich, senior, Illinois State; Kade Harrington, junior, Lamar
Linemen — Joe Haeg, senior, North Dakota State; Donald Jackson III, senior, Sam Houston State; Clay DeBord, senior, Eastern Washington; Nick Ritcher, senior, Richmond; Cole Toner, senior, Harvard
Receivers — Cooper Kupp, junior, Eastern Washington; Jake Wieneke, sophomore, South Dakota State
Tight end — Ben Braunecker, senior, Harvard
All-purpose — Johnta' Hebert, senior, Prairie View A&M
Kicker — Anthony Pistelli, senior, Samford

Defense
Linemen — Tyrone Holmes, senior, Montana; Noah Spence, junior, Eastern Kentucky; Javon Hargrave, senior, South Carolina State; James Cowser, senior, Southern Utah
Linebackers — Deon King, senior, Norfolk State; Stephen Hodge, senior, Fordham; Don Cherry, senior, Villanova
Backs — Patrick Onwuasor, senior, Portland State; Deiondre' Hall, senior, Northern Iowa; DeAndre Houston-Carson, senior, William & Mary; Jermaine Hough, senior, Jacksonville State
Punter — Ryan Hawkins, senior, Northern Arizona

Second Team
Offense

Quarterback — Eli Jenkins, junior, Jacksonville State
Running backs — Chase Edmonds, sophomore, Fordham; Jacobi Green, senior, Richmond
Linemen — Corey Levin, junior, Chattanooga; Jonathan Burgess, senior, Liberty; Ben Curtis, senior, Delaware; Aaron Neary, senior, Eastern Washington; Bruce Johnson, senior, Maine
Receivers — Brian Brown, junior, Richmond; Jamaal Jones, senior, Montana
Tight end — Beau Sandland, senior, Montana State
All-purpose player — John Santiago, freshman, North Dakota
Kicker — Nick Dorka, sophomore, William & Mary

Defense
Linemen — Victor Ochi, senior, Stony Brook; Chima Uzowihe, senior, Liberty; Keionta Davis, junior, Chattanooga; Mitchell Jeter, senior, The Citadel
Linebackers — Christian Kuntz, senior, Duquesne; Darnell Sankey, senior, Sacramento State; Myke Tavarres, senior, Incarnate Word
Backs — Dee Delaney, sophomore, The Citadel; Donald Payne, junior, Stetson; Harlan Miller, senior, Southeastern Louisiana; Wallace Scott, senior, McNeese State
Punter — Ben LeCompte, senior, North Dakota State

Third Team
Offense

Quarterback — Case Cookus, freshman, Northern Arizona
Running backs —Troymaine Pope, senior, Jacksonville State; De'Angelo Henderson, junior, Coastal Carolina
Linemen — Garrick Mayweather, senior, Fordham; Erik Austell, junior, Charleston Southern; Zack Johnson, junior, North Dakota State; John Weidenaar, senior, Montana State; Mitch Kirsch, junior, James Madison
Receivers — Emmanuel Butler, sophomore, Northern Arizona; Anthony Warrum, junior, Illinois State
Tight end — Eric Saubert, senior, Drake
All-purpose player — Willie Quinn, senior, Southern University
Kicker — Chris Moore, senior, Northwestern State

Defense
Linemen — O.J. Mau, senior, Gardner-Webb; Derek Rivers, junior, Youngstown State; Dino Fanti, senior, Eastern Illinois; P.J. Hall, sophomore, Sam Houston State
Linebackers — Kourtney Berry, junior, Alabama State; Tyler Drake, senior, Penn; John Hugunin, senior, Drake
Backs — Justin Grier, senior, Morehead State; David Jones, junior, Richmond; Casey DeAndrade, junior, New Hampshire; Clayton Ewell, senior, Bucknell
Punter — Cory Carter, senior, Texas Southern