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Jennings Earns Walter Camp All-America Honors

December 12, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Senior running back Rashad Jennings is Liberty's first-ever Walter Camp FCS All-American.

Senior running back Rashad Jennings is Liberty's first-ever Walter Camp FCS All-American.

For the first time in program history, a Liberty football player has earned a spot on the Walter Camp Football Foundation Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America Team. Senior running back Rashad Jennings was selected as an All-American by the head coaches and sports information directors of the FCS schools and certified by UHY Advisors, a New Haven, Conn., based accounting firm.

Jennings (Forest, Va.) was one of two running backs named to the 2008 Walter Camp FCS All-America team, along with the nation's leading rusher, Herb Donaldson of Western Illinois. The prestigious recognition is the latest honor which has been bestowed upon Jennings, who finished his senior campaign with 1,500 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns.

Jennings, who ranks No. 5 nationally with 136.36 rushing yards per game, finished eighth in the final voting for the 22nd Walter Payton Award, given to the nation's top FCS player. He also won the Big South Offensive Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season, becoming the first player in conference history to capture the honor in back-to-back seasons. A two-time Big South Offensive Player of the Week, Jennings was tabbed National Offensive Player of the Week by the Sports Network, after toting the ball for a career-best 220 yards during Liberty's 31-28 win at No. 23 Youngstown State (Sept. 27).

The senior tailback established numerous Liberty and Big South records this season, including single-season standards for rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and points scored (114). In just three seasons with the Flames, Jennings set Liberty and Big South career records, with 3,633 career rushing yards. He also rushed for 42 touchdowns, establishing a Liberty record and ranking second in conference history.

Jennings' exploits helped contribute to one of the best football campaigns in program history. Liberty went 10-2, setting a school record for most wins in a season. The Flames won all five of their Big South contests, on the way to their second consecutive conference title. Liberty finished the regular season ranked No. 14 in the Sports Network poll and No. 15 in the FCS Coaches poll.

Only two players—wide receivers Ramses Barden (Cal Poly) and Terrell Hudgins (Elon) were repeat Walter Camp FCS All-Americans from the 2007 squad. In all, players from 13 different conferences and 20 institutions were represented on the 2008 Walter Camp FCS All-America team.

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 11 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 All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions.

2008 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America Team

WR - Ramses Barden*, Cal Poly, Sr., 6-6, 227, Altadena, Calif.
WR - Terrell Hudgins*, Elon, Jr., 6-3, 235, Rocky Mount, N.C.
TE - Scott Sicko, New Hampshire, Jr., 6-3, 230, Stillwater, N.Y.
OL - Colin Dow, Montana, Sr., 6-5, 300, Billings, Mont.
OL - Nick Hennessey, Colgate, Sr., 6-6, 300, Danvers, Mass.
OL - Joel Bell, Furman, Sr., 6-8, 308, Spartanburg, S.C.
OL - Jonathan Bieschke, Appalachian State, Sr., 6-5, 275, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
C - Scott Lemn, James Madison, Sr., 6-3, 285, Virginia Beach, Va.
QB - Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State, Jr., 6-0, 184, Greenwood, S.C.
RB - Herb Donaldson, Western Illinois, Sr., 5-11, 225, St. Louis, Mo.
RB - Rashad Jennings, Liberty, Sr., 6-1, 230, Forest, Va.
PK - Andrew Wilcox, Elon, Sr., 6-2, 231, Richmond, Va.

DL - Greg Peach, Eastern Washington, Sr., 6-2, 250, Vancouver, Wash.
DL - Jovan Belcher, Maine, Sr., 6-2, 228, West Babylon, N.Y.
DL - Larry Hart, Central Arkansas, Jr., 6-1, 242, Madison, Miss.
DL - Greg Miller, Villanova, Sr., 6-3, 250, Willow Grove, Pa.
DL - John Faletoese, UC Davis, Sr., 6-3, 292, Carmichael, Calif.
LB - Nathan Williams, Murray State, Sr., 6-1, 225, Murray, Ky.
LB - Zach East, Prairie View A&M, Sr., 6-2, 230, Houston, Texas
LB - Bobby Abare, Yale, Sr., 6-2, 220, Acton-Boxboro, Mass.
DB - Mark LeGree, Appalachian State, Soph., 6-0, 200, Columbus, Ga.
DB - Marcus Haywood, James Madison, Sr., 6-0, 190, Williamsburg, Va.
DB - Colt Anderson, Montana, Sr., 5-11, 195, Butte, Mont.
DB - K.J. Gerard, Northern Arizona, Sr., 6-1, 187, Fountain Valley, Calif.
P - Robbie Dehaze, Northern Arizona, Sr., 6-3, 193, Sherwood, Ore.
KR - LeRoy Vann, Florida A&M, Jr., 5-9, 182, Tampa, Fla.

* - 2007 Walter Camp FCS All-America selection