Lang Campbell played like an All-American even against major
The William & Mary quarterback started the season with two
touchdown passes and two TD runs against North Carolina, nearly
leading his I-AA team to an upset of the Tar Heels from the
Atlantic Coast Conference.
Campbell went on to throw for 3,998 yards and 30 touchdowns, and
earned a spot on The Associated Press I-AA All-America team announced
The senior said that first game set up the Tribe for success.
"It helped a lot," Campbell said Wednesday. "We had
confidence in the preseason that offensively we could be successful
and put up some numbers. Having that kind of success against a
Division I-A team, it kind of solidified our confidence."
Led by Campbell, the Tribe (11-3) shared the Atlantic 10
Conference crown and set a school record for victories.
"If we didn't have him in there, we're not in the playoffs,"
Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock said.
He was one of four A-10 players selected first-team
All-American, along with offensive lineman Matt Magerko of James
Madison, defensive back Shannon James of Massachusetts and
linebacker Liam Ezekiel of Northeastern.
Ezekiel, the A-10 defensive player of the year, was one of five
players to repeat as a first-team All-American.
The others were Tennessee State tailback Charles Anthony, the
nation's leading rusher (158.1 yards per game), offensive linemen
Buster Ashley of Western Kentucky and Eric Deutsch of Wofford, and
linebacker Boomer Grigsby of Illinois State.
Wofford and Cal Poly were the only schools with multiple players
on the first team, each getting two.
Deutsch was joined by defensive lineman Lee Basinger while Cal
Poly was represented by defensive back Kenny Chicoine and defensive
lineman Chris Gocong.
The All-American receivers were two of the best players in I-AA.
Appalachian State's Davon Fowlkes led the nation in catches
(103), yards receiving (1,618) and all-purpose yards (2,313).
Northern Colorado's Vincent Jackson is considered a possible
first-round NFL draft choice. He caught 80 passes for 1,382 yards.
"In summation, he's as good as we've ever had," Northern
Colorado coach Kay Dalton said. "He's the kind of guy you build a
game plan around."
Dustin Long of Sam Houston State, a transfer from Texas A&M, was
the second-team quarterback.
Campbell, Fowlkes and Long were the finalists for the Walter
Payton Award, which is given to the best player in I-AA and will be
handed out Thursday night in Chattanooga, Tenn.
"I'd love to get it," Campbell said. "Any national
recognition like this, they are team awards because not everyone
can see every player play."
James Madison and Montana, who will play in the Division I-AA
championship game on Saturday in Chattanooga, each had two players
on the three AP All-America teams.
Besides Magerko, James Madison had freshman defensive back Tony
LeZotte on the second team.
LeZotte and Drake running back Scott Phaydavong, a third-teamer,
were the only freshmen on the teams.
Montana was represented by offensive lineman Cory Procter and
defensive lineman Mike Murphy on the second team.
Harvard running back Clifton Dawson, Lehigh tight end Adam
Bergen and offensive linemen Ben Bainbridge of Furman and Elmer
McDaniel of Southern Illinois completed the first-team offense.
Jerome Mathis of Hampton, who returned an NCAA record five
kickoffs for touchdowns was picked as an all-purpose player. Jon
Scifres of Missouri State is the All-American kicker and Paul
Ernster of Northern Arizona is the punter.
Tad Kornegay of Fordham and Southern's Ahmad Treaudo, who leads
the nation with nine interceptions, round out the first-team
secondary. Linemen Brady Forsmark of Weber State and Harold Wells
of Gardner-Webb complete the first-team defense.