Friday, December 12, 2008

3 Mountaineers named All-Americans

Three Appalachian State players were voted Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) All-Americans.

That quarterback Armanti Edwards made it was no surprise. He's joined by offensive tackle Jonathan Bieschke and safety Mark LeGree. The Mountaineers were the only team with as many as three players selected to the 25-member first team.

Edwards is the first Appalachian State quarterback to be so honored. The 2008 Southern Conference Player of the Year finished the season with 2,902 passing yards, 941 rushing yards and a Southern Conference-record 41 touchdowns responsible for (30 passing, 11 rushing).

He ranks second nationally with a 170.19 pass-efficiency rating. He's also one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, the division's Heisman, which will be announced Thursday.

Bieschke is the third Appalachian State offensive linemen in as many years on the Walter Camp All-America team (Matt Isenhour in 2006, Kerry Brown in 2007). The senior right tackle keyed a line that helped the Mountaineers to
463.6 yards of total offense a game.

LeGree, a sophomore, leads the nation with 10 interceptions. That total broke the 45-year-old school record. He also had 17 passes defended (second in the Southern Conference) and 58 total tackles.

-Stan Olson


Anonymous said...

Russell Wilson 1st team Freashman AA >>>>>>>> Armanti Edwards D-II AA

Neers 4Ever! said...

The Wolfpack are a joke. Don't be jealous of the best quarterback in North Carolina. Have fun at your papa johns pizza bowl. maybe they will pass out free personal pan pies to the first 10 idiots wearing russell wilson jerseys.

Anonymous said...

The Walter Payton Award is not the Heisman equivalent. The Heisman is awarded to the best college football player and includes offensive and defensive (Woodson in '97) and even includes I-AA (McNair finished 3rd in '94 and won the Payton that year). The Walter Payton is only for I-AA (FCS) and only for offensive players since the Buchanan is for defensive. So don't try to make it sound like Edwards is up for the equivalent of the Heisman. It is bad enough that App State tries to put themselves on the level of Florida & LSU by claiming they are Div I champs, but leaving off the FCS or I-AA designation on their billboards. In your dreams.

Ian Skibbe said...

you just wish you had something to put up on a billboard, don't be jealous, you can come join the fun up here in Boone anytime

eagles41 said...

thanks alot for not including Elon's two first team selections. As another in state school in the same division must have been an unintentional omission but Kicker, Andrew Wilcox and 3 time winner WR, Terrell Hudgins should be lauded as well.