NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Daniel Fitzpatrick, Anthony Bass, Kadeem Edwards and A.C. Leonard of the Tennessee State football team were named to the 2013 Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-American Team.
Fitzpatrick was the lone Tiger chosen to the AP’s First Team and was second on the team in tackles with 75. He led the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with eight interceptions on the year and the Fort Wayne, Ind. native broke up eight passes in 14 games.
Bass made the Second Team and was named OVC Defensive Player of the Year after recording 10 sacks, 34 stops and 14.5 tackles for loss. The junior also forced and recovered a pair of fumbles on the campaign.
Edwards was also placed on the Second Team after being selected to the All-Ohio Valley Conference Team for the third consecutive time following a season in which he started 13 games at left guard. The four-year starter accepted an invitation to the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl earlier this month.
Leonard was the lone tight end on the Second Team and finished second on the Tigers with 34 receptions and 441 yards for an average of 13 yards per catch. The junior also added five touchdowns, placing him third on the squad.
Tennessee State made the playoffs for the first time since 1999 in 2013 and won a playoff game for the first time since 1986. The Tigers were the first OVC team to win a road playoff game since 1986 and the first HBCU to win a postseason contest since 1999.