Coastal Carolina cornerback and 2011 Buck Buchanan Award finalist Josh Norman and Stony Brook running back Brock Jackolski have been named to the 25-man American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Football Championship Subdivision All-American Team, the organization announced today. It is the first time that two Big South players were named AFCA All-Americans in the same season.
Norman, who was also named First-Team All-American by CollegeSportsMadness.com earlier this week, is just the second Chanticleer to make the prestigious AFCA team, joining Tyler Thigpen (2006). The AFCA has been selecting an All-American team since 1945 and the team consists of 11 offensive players, 11 defensive players, a punter, a placekicker and an all-purpose runner.
Norman is a three-time, First-Team All-Big South selection and was a 2009 Third-Team All-American after shattering a Big South single-season record and ranking second in the NCAA with eight interceptions.
This past season, Norman led the Chanticleers in tackles and led the Big South in both passes defended (1.27) and pass breakups (12). Nationally, his 12 PBU ranks sixth-best, while his 1.27 passes defended ranks 10th-best. The 12 PBU was additionally a CCU single-season record and Norman's 49 solo tackles this past season ranks fifth on the CCU seasonal chart. He was a two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week honoree, helping Coastal Carolina defeat VMI and Presbyterian in the process.
Norman ranks fifth (tied) on the NCAA career passes defended list with 48 and sixth (tied) on its career PBU list with 35. He additionally tied Quinton Teal for the Big South and CCU all-time record for passes defended while his 35 career PBU is both a CCU and Big South record. Norman's 13 career interceptions ranks second on the CCU and Big South all-time lists, while his 196 career tackles ranks ninth in school history. Norman blocked a CCU-record four kicks, forced four fumbles to rank third on the CCU career list and his 138 solo tackles is fourth-best in school history.
Jackolski was selected as an all-purpose player after recording one of the best seasons in Stony Brook and Big South history.
He rushed for 1,418 yards, had 114 receiving yards, 55 punt return yards and 854 kick return yards, totaling 20 touchdowns. The 2,441 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns are Big South single-season records.
A two-time All-Conference selection, Jackolski accounted for 319 all-purpose yards against St. Anselm, scoring on runs of 1 and 21 yards and a 90-yard kick return. He recorded six games with more than 100 rushing yards and tallied more than 150 all-purpose yards in 11 of 13 games.
Jackolski set a Conference record with five touchdowns in a 76-28 win over Gardner-Webb.
He's one of five players in Big South history with more than 4,000 all-purpose yards, accomplishing the feat in just two years. Including two seasons at Hofstra, Jackolski has totaled 6,394 all-purpose yards, which ranks 16th in FCS history.