NASHVILLE, TENN. - Tennessee State tight end A.C. Leonard, cornerback Steven Godbolt III and offensive lineman Rogers Gaines were selected to the FCS All-America Team by The Sports Network on Tuesday.
Leonard, in his first season with TSU after transferring from Florida, was the first-team tight end selection after catching 51 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns in 10 games. The 733 yards were the most by a tight end at the FCS level this year and was the fourth most throughout all four divisions of college football (FBS, FCS, D-II and D-III). He is also the first sophomore tight end to make the first team in the 26 years of The Sports Network FCS All-America Team.
A second-team selection, Godbolt is one of three sophomores on the first and second team defensive units. He picked off six
passes in 10 games to finish first nationally in interceptions per game (0.60). He had two separate streaks during the 2012 season of three consecutive games with an interception.
Left tackle Gaines is a second team selection and was a part of a TSU offensive line that led the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing at 175.7 yards per game. The senior did not give up a sack all season and graded out at a 93.6.
The OVC had 10 selections overall over the three teams. It marks the most OVC players named to the Sports Network Team since the honors were first handed out in 1987. The previous high had been eight following the 2010 season.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press named its All-American team with Gaines earning first team honors, Leonard being selected to the second team and Godbolt making the third team.
TSU finished the season 8-3, the most wins in an 11 game season since 2001.
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