NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State’s Robert Myers and De’Ante Saunders were named First Team All-Americans by Phil Steele, Tuesday, and Nick Thrasher made the Second Team.
The news three days after Myers competed in the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. He was the only offensive player to start all 12 contests and anchored a unit that did not allow a sack during the last four ballgames
He also helped protect a quarterback duo that threw for 3,268 yards and 23 touchdowns, while leading the unit to a No. 18 ranking in FCS, giving up only 1.17 sacks per game.
Playing in just his second season at TSU, Saunders contributed to the OVC’s top total defense (303.2 yards per game) and pass defense (153.3 yards per game).
Saunders was also named First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference while after leading the league with five interceptions on the season while also tallying 51 tackles and six pass breakups.
The DeLand, Fla. product’s five picks were the seventh-most by a Tiger in TSU’s 102-year history.
Thrasher tallied 128 stops on the season, which was sixth-most in a single-season in school history and the highest total for a Tiger since 1991.
The Morrow, Ga. native was second in the Ohio Valley Conference in tackles to go along with his 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks.
The senior also moved up to second-place in tackles in the TSU record book over the course of the season, finishing with 358.
The selections were based solely on college performance.