Sports Network Names Five Football Players Preseason All-America
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Sports Network has named five Big South football players to its 2012 Preseason All-America squad, the second-straight year the Conference has had at least five honorees.
Selected to the First-Team were Liberty teammates Malcolm Boyd (OL) and Kevin Fogg (KR), while Charleston Southern defensive back Charles James was a Second-Team honoree. Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet, who was named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List on Thursday, is a Third-Team selection, as is Coastal Carolina tight end David Duran.
Fogg was named a First-Team All-American as a kickoff return specialist by the Sports Network following the 2011 season. Last year, Fogg led the country by averaging 33.5 yards per kickoff return (717 yards/23 returns), setting a program and Big South record. He also set a program record and was one of only two Division I players (FBS and FCS) to finish the season with three kickoff returns for touchdown, tying the Big South record.
Boyd, a 2011 Associated Press Third-Team All-America selection, started nine of the 10 games he played in last year. He graded out an 86 percent for the season, helping him earn first-team all-conference and second-team all-state honors. He recorded 60 knockdowns and only allowed one sack during the season. Boyd was part of an offensive line that was named the team's "Offensive Player of the Week" after the line's strong play against Coastal Carolina on Oct. 15.
He was also key part of Liberty's offensive line that helped the Flames finish the year ranked No. 8 in the country in scoring offense (35.91 points per game), No. 19 in passing offense (270.27) and 20th total offense (426.25).
James matched a CSU single-season record with six interceptions in 2010, and picked off two more passes a year ago to enter his final campaign only one away from tying Phillip Ashley's program record of 11. In addition to his ball-hawking, the Jacksonville, Fla., native also displayed his nose for the football by finishing third on the 2011 Bucs with 40 solo stops and 66 total tackles. James has also proved to be a game-changer in the return game, as he ran back 19 punts for 185 yards in 2011. He got the Bucs on the scoreboard with a 34-yard touchdown return versus Wesley College, and displayed his elusiveness with a 46-yard return in a back-and-forth affair with rival Coastal Carolina.
Duran returns after suffering a season-ending injury last fall. The two-time, First-Team All-Big South selection and 2010 All-American played parts of only four games in 2011, catching five passes for 75 yards. Duran ranks seventh on the CCU career receptions list with 58, while ranking sixth on the school's all-time pass receiving yards list (820). Also, Duran is only two receptions shy of becoming the first tight end in Big South history with 60 career catches.
Maysonet's 2011 season was one for the ages as he rushed for 1,633 yards, the most in Stony Brook and Big South history, and 15 touchdowns, earning Big South Offensive Player of the Year honors. He had two games with four touchdowns, a Conference record, and totaled more than 100 rushing yards in eight games.
Entering 2012, Maysonet is tops among all active players in yards per game (115.0) and second in yards per carry (6.45).