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Bevins Adds AP All-America Honors to List

December 18, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Matt Bevins has added first-team Associated Press All-America honors to his 2009 resume.

Matt Bevins has added first-team Associated Press All-America honors to his 2009 resume.

Liberty kicker Matt Bevins has added another All-America honor to his 2009 resume, as the sophomore was recently named to the 2009 Associated Press FCS All-America first-team listing.

Earlier this week, Bevins (So., Newport News, Va.) was named to the 2009 Walter Camp Football Foundation Football Championship Subdivision All-America first-team squad.

Bevins was one of three Big South players on the Associated Press All-America squad, but the league's only first-team honoree. Joining Bevins on the list were Stony Brook linebacker Tyler Santucci, a second-team selection, and Coastal Carolina defensive back Josh Norman, a third-team honoree.

Bevins is the 12th player in program history to earn All-America accolades from the Associated Press and the third to do so as a Division I first-team selection.

Flames preceding Bevins as an Associated Press Division I first-team All-American are linebacker Jesse Riley, who was a 1998 honoree, and running back Rashad Jennings, who was named to the squad last year.

Bevins set program and Big South records this past season, helping the Flames capture their third-straight Big South title and finish the year with an 8-3 overall record.

Bevins bested two previous records held by Noah Greenbaum. Bevins finished the year with 107 points scored, six more than Greenbaum's 101 points in 2007, and 22 field goals, were was five more field goals than Greenbaum's 17 three-point kicks in 2007.

Bevins is currently tied for the national FCS lead by averaging 2.00 field goals per game. Illinois State's Zach Kutch also finished the year with 2.0 field goals per game, knocking down 22-of-29 attempts (75.9 percent).

The sophomore was one of the more accurate kickers in the nation, connecting of 22-of-26 field goal attempts (84.6 percent). Equally as impressive, Bevins was 10-of-10 from 30-39 yards and 7-of-9 from 40 or more yards, including a 50-yarder against Charleston Southern.

Bevins had two streaks where he knocked down eight field goals in a row during the 2009 season. The Newport News, Va., native is one of 17 FCS players in the country to score 100 or more points in 2009 and he currently ranks No. 4 nationally by averaging 9.73 points per game.

The second-year player currently ranks as the NCAA's FCS all-time active leader with an 80.95 field goal percentage (34-of-42) and 1.8 field goals per game (34 out of 23 games).


First team

Quarterback – Armanti Edwards, senior, 6-foot, 185 pounds, Appalachian State

Running backs – Deji Karim, senior, 5-11, 205, Southern Illinois; Pat Paschall, senior, 6-0, 198, North Dakota State

Linemen – Derek Hardman, senior, 6-6, 300, Eastern Kentucky; Matt McCraken, senior, 6-3, 300, Richmond; Vladimir Ducasse, senior, 6-5, 330, Massachusetts; Jeff Hansen, senior, 6-4, 292, Montana State; Kyle Mutcher, senior, 6-3, 300, Weber State

Tight end – Clay Harbor, senior, 6-4, 243, Missouri State

Wide receivers – Terrell Hudgins, senior, 6-2, 235, Elon; Marc Mariani, senior, 6-0, 185, Montana

All-purpose player – Matt Szczur, junior, 5-11, 195, Villanova

Kicker – Matt Bevins, sophomore, 6-2, 185, Liberty


Linemen – James Ruffin, senior, 6-4, 265, Northern Iowa; Arthur Moats, senior, 6-2, 250, James Madison; Austen Lane, senior, 6-6, 250, Murray State; Dane Fletcher, senior, 6-2, 242, Montana State

Linebackers – Brandin Jordan, senior, 5-11, 230, Southern Illinois; J.C. Sherritt, junior, 5-10, 220, Eastern Washington; Mike Morales, senior, 6-0, 230, UC Davis

Backs – Terrell Whitehead, senior, 6-2, 200, Norfolk State; Mark Legree, junior, 6-0, 200, Appalachian State; Jeromy Miles, senior, 6-2, 215, Massachusetts; Josh Morris, senior, 6-0, 180, Weber State

Punter – Jonathan Plisco, freshman, 6-0, 200, Old Dominion

Second team

Quarterback – Dominic Randolph, senior, Holy Cross

Running backs – Chase Reynolds, junior, Montana; Toddrick Pendland, senior, McNeese State

Linemen – Benjamin Ijalana, junior, Villanova; Mario Acitelli, senior, Appalachian State; Johnny Culbreath, junior, South Carolina State; James Williams, senior, Harvard; Austin Steichen, senior, Northern Iowa

Tight end – Scott Sicko, senior, New Hampshire

Wide receivers – Tysson Poots, junior, Southern Utah; Buddy Farnham, senior, Brown

All-purpose player – LeRoy Vann, senior, Florida A&M

Kicker – Craig Camay, senior, Chattanooga


Linemen – Danny Batten, senior, South Dakota State; Tim Knicky, senior, Stephen F. Austin; Adrian Tracy, senior, William & Mary; Larry Hart, senior, Central Arkansas

Linebackers – Matt Cohen, senior, Lehigh; Tyler Santucci, senior, Stony Brook; George Howard, senior, Morgan State

Backs – Charles Graves, senior, Delaware; Jason House, junior, Southern; Patrick Stoudamire, senior, Western Illinois; T.J. Heath, junior, Jacksonville State

Punter – Jon Vanderwielen, senior, Idaho State

Third team

Quarterback – Matt Nichols, senior, Eastern Washington

Running backs – James Mallory, senior, Central Connecticut; Kyle Minett, junior, South Dakota State

Linemen – Dorian Brooks, senior, James Madison; Will Rackley, senior, Lehigh; Levi Horn, senior, Montana; Joe Gibbs, senior, Tennessee-Martin; Austin Howard, senior, Northern Iowa

Tight end – John Sheffield, senior, Yale

Wide receivers – Jason Caldwell, senior, Fordham; Juamorris Stewart, senior, Southern

All-purpose player – Taiwan Jones, sophomore, Eastern Washington

Kicker – Zach Kutch, senior, Illinois State


Linemen – Christian Anthony, senior, Grambling State; Tim Kukucka, senior, Villanova; Josh Beard, senior, Chattanooga; Mychal Savage, senior, Youngstown State

Linebackers – Wes McDermott, sophomore, Morehead State; Jake Lewko, senior, Penn; Jacque Roman, senior, Appalachian State

Backs – Anthony Beck, senior, Prairie View A&M; Justin Rogers, junior, Richmond; Korey Lindsey, junior, Southern Illinois; Josh Norman, sophomore, Coastal Carolina

Punter – Jahmal Blanchard, senior, Hampton