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Jennings Tabbed First Team AP All-American

December 17, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Senior running back Rashad Jennings has made two All-America teams within the past six days.

Senior running back Rashad Jennings has made two All-America teams within the past six days.

Liberty senior running back Rashad Jennings has made his second All-America team within the past week, as he was named a first-team Associated Press (AP) FCS All-American today.

Jennings (Forest, Va.), who was just honored as a Walter Camp Football Foundation Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-American on Dec. 12, becomes Liberty's second-ever first-team AP FCS All-American. Jesse Riley was tabbed a first-team All-American at linebacker in 1998.

Jennings was one of two running backs selected to the first 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.

The Flames' senior running back was one of three Big South players to garner AP All-America honors on Wednesday, but Jennings was the conference's only first-team honoree. Charleston Southern junior defensive back Philip Ashley and Gardner-Webb sophomore linebacker Jeffrey Williams were included on the third-team defensive unit.

FCS AP All-America Team

FIRST TEAM
Offense

Quarterback — Armanti Edwards, junior, 6-feet, 185 pounds, Appalachian State.
Running backs — Herb Donaldson, senior, 5-11, 225, Western Illinois; Rashad Jennings, senior, 6-1, 230, Liberty.
Wide receivers — John Matthews, senior, 6-0, 203, San Diego; Ramses Barden, senior, 6-6, 225, Cal Poly.
Linemen — Colin Dow, senior, 6-5, 300, Montana; Joel Bell, senior, 6-8, 3-8, Furman; Cornelius Lewis, senior, 6-5, 310, Tennessee State; Scott Lemn, senior, 6-3, 285, James Madison; Stephen Field, senior, 6-1, 280, Cal Poly.
Tight end — Scott Sicko, junior, 6-3, 225, New Hampshire.
All-purpose player — Larry Warner, senior, 5-5, 169, Southern Illinois.
Kicker — Andrew Wilcox, senior, 6-2, 231, Elon.
Defense
Linemen — Greg Peach, senior, 6-2, 250, Eastern Washington; Larry Hart, junior, 6-1, 252, Central Arkansas; Jovan Belcher, senior, 6-2, 228, Maine; John Faletoese, senior, 6-3, 290, UC Davis.
Linebackers — Zach East, senior, 6-2, 230, Prairie View; Jason Williams, senior, 6-3, 235, Western Illinois; Nathan Williams, senior, 6-1, 225, Murray State.
Defensive backs — K.J. Gerard, senior, 6-1, 180, Northern Arizona; Ladarius Webb, senior, 5-11, 180, Nicholls State; Colt Anderson, senior, 5-11, 180, Montana ; Mark Legree, sophomore, 6-0, 200, Appalachian State.
Punter — Brett Arnold, senior, 6-0, 185, Massachusetts.

SECOND TEAM
Offense
Quarterback
— Rodney Landers, senior, James Madison.
Running backs — Toddrick Pendland, junior, McNeese State; Trevyn Smith, junior, Weber State.
Wide receivers — Andre Roberts, junior, The Citadel; Terrell Hudgins, junior, Elon.
Linemen — Raymond Harrison, senior, South Carolina State; Matthew McCracken, junior, Richmond; Tim Silver, senior, Richmond; Nick Hennessey, senior, Colgate; Jonathan Bieschke, senior, Appalachian State.
Tight end — Clay Harbor, junior, Missouri State.
All-purpose player — LeRoy Vann, junior, Florida A&M.
Kicker — Taylor Long, senior, Eastern Kentucky.
Defense
Linemen — James Ruffin, junior, Northern Iowa; Scott Vossler, senior, Dayton; Greg Miller, senior, Villanova; Pierre Walters, senior, Eastern Illinois.
Linebackers — Chris Covington, senior, Georgia Southern; Andy Roman, senior, Lafayette; Bobby Abare, senior, Yale.
Defensive backs — Marcus Haywood, senior, James Madison; Dominique Johnson, senior, Jackson State; Dontrell Miller, junior, Tennessee-Martin; Charles Graves, junior, Delaware.
Punter — Robbie Dehaze, senior, Northern Arizona.

THIRD TEAM
Offense
Quarterback
— Cameron Higgins, sophomore, Weber State.
Running backs — William Ford, junior, South Carolina State; David Sinisi, junior, Monmouth, N.J.
Wide receivers — Thomas Harris, junior, Alabama A&M; Cameron Luke, senior, Texas State.
Linemen — Brad Samsa, senior, Youngstown State; Eman Naghavi, senior, McNeese State; Derek Wooten, senior, Wofford; Jon Compas, senior, UC Davis; James Williams, junior, Harvard.
Tight end — Abner Brown, senior, Mississippi Valley State.
All-purpose player — Williams Osborne, junior, Texas Southern.
Kicker — Andrew Samson, sophomore, Pennsylvania.
Defense
Linemen — Kevin Walsh, senior, Monmouth; Austen Lane, junior, Murray State; Everette Pedescleaux, senior, Northern Iowa; Tim Knicky, junior, Stephen F. Austin.
Linebackers — Jeffrey Williams, sophomore, Gardner-Webb; Jarrell Guyton, senior, Morgan State; Andy Schantz, senior, Portland State.
Defensive backs — Philip Ashley, junior, Charleston Southern; Tommy Connors, junior, SE Louisiana; Nick Schommer, senior, North Dakota State; Carnell Clark, junior, Jacksonville State.
Punter — Doug Spada, junior, SE Missouri State.