EWU QB Barriere, SUU's Kaho'ohanohano-Davis highlight AP FCS All-America team

FILE - Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere passes against Washington in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Seattle, in this Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, file photo. Barriere is a member of The Associated Press FCS All-America team, announced Wednesday, May 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) [May-12-2021]

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NEW YORK (AP) — Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere, Sacred Heart running back Julius Chestnut and VMI receiver Jakob Herres are among the Walter Payton Award finalists highlighting The Associated Press FCS All-America team released Wednesday.

The Championship Subdivision's spring season, pushed back nearly six months because of the pandemic, will conclude Sunday with the national title game between No. 2-seeded Sam Houston and top-seeded South Dakota State in Frisco, Texas.

The two biggest awards in Division I football's second tier will be handed out Saturday. The Walter Payton award goes to the player of the year and the Buck Buchanan Award honors the top defensive player in the FCS. The AP's All-America first team includes five of the 16 Payton award finalists and 10 of the 18 Buchanan finalists.

Southern Utah linebacker La'akea Kaho'ohanohano-Davis became the Thunderbirds' first All-American on the first team since James Cowser in 2015. The Kahului, Hawaii native led the Big Sky and ranked seventh in the FCS in sacks, averaging 1.20 per game. Kaho'ohanohano-Davis finished the truncated season with seven sacks, including at least one in the Thunderbirds' first five games.

Weber State had two players named to the All-FCS second team in offensive lineman Ty Whitworth, who started all six games on the offensive line for the Wildcats and earned All-Big Sky honors for the third straight season during the truncated 2021 spring season, and linebacker Conner Mortensen, the Big Sky defensive MVP from Overton, Nevada who led the conference and ranked 13th nationally with 11.5 tackles for loss.

Barriere passed for 2,448 yards and 19 touchdowns in seven games for Eastern Washington. The second-team quarterback was Cole Kelley from Southeastern Louisiana.

Chestnut led FCS in rushing at 171 yards per game. He was joined in the first team backfield by North Dakota's Otis Weah, who averaged 7.1 yards per carry.

Herres led the nation in receiving at 122 yards per game.

Northern Iowa nose tackle Jared Brinkman leads the first-team defense, along with McNeese State defensive lineman Isaiah Chambers, who had 14 tackles for loss this season.

Sanford defensive back Chris Edmond was a first-team selection after intercepting four passes this season, and Presbyterian linebacker Colby Campbell was a first-team pick after leading the nation with 96 tackles.

The Associated Press FCS All-America team was chosen by a panel of media members who cover FCS, with coordination from College Sports Information Directors of America:



Quarterback — Eric Barriere, senior, Eastern Washington.

Running backs — Otis Weah, sophomore; North Dakota; Julius Chestnut, sophomore, Sacred Heart.

Linemen — Cordell Volson, senior, North Dakota State; Drew Himmelman, senior, Illinois State; Garrett Greenfield, sophomore, South Dakota State; David Kroll, senior, Delaware; P.J. Burkhalter, senior, Nicholls.

Receivers — Jakob Herres, junior, VMI; Tyler Hudson, sophomore, Central Arkansas.

Tight end — Ryan Miller, junior, Furman.

All-purpose player — Christian Watson, junior, North Dakota State.

Kicker — Luis Aguilar, senior, Northern Arizona.


Linemen — Jared Brinkman, senior, Northern Iowa; Jahari Kay, senior, Sam Houston; Isiah Chambers, senior, McNeese State; Mike Greene, senior, James Madison.

LinebackersLa'akea Kaho'ohanohano-Davis, junior, Southern Utah; Stone Snyder, sophomore, VMI; Colby Campbell, senior, Presbyterian.

Secondary — Chris Edmonds, sophomore, Samford; Nicario Harper, sophomore, Jacksonville State; Robert Rochell, senior, Central Arkansas; Kendrick Whitehead, junior, Delaware.

Punter — Garrett Wegner, senior, North Dakota State.



Quarterback — Cole Kelley, senior, Southeastern Louisiana.

Running backs — Dejoun Lee, senior, Delaware; Percy Ageyi-Obese, senior, James Madison.

LinemenTy Whitworth, senior, Weber State; Nathan Nguon, senior, North Dakota; Colby Thomas, senior, Sam Houston State; Raymond Gillespie, senior, James Madison.

Tight end — Trae Berry, senior, Jacksonville State.

Receivers — Avante Cox, junior, Southern Illinois; Jequez Ezzard, senior, Sam Houston.

All-purpose player — Quay Holmes, junior, East Tennessee State.

Kicker — Ethan Ratke, senior, James Madison.


Linemen — Jordan Lewis, junior, Southern; Kobie Turner, junior, Richmond; Jevon Leon, sophomore, Sam Houston State; Kevin Glajchen, senior, San Diego.

LinebackerConner Mortensen, senior, Weber State; Bryson Armstrong, senior, Kennesaw; Tre Walker, junior, Idaho.

Secondary — Don Gardner, senior, South Dakota State; Kordell Jackson, senior, Murray State; Qua Brown, senior, Southern Illinois; Decobie Durant, senior, South Carolina State.

Punter — Cade Coffey, senior, Idaho.

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Ralph D. Russo


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