Editor’s Note: This is an official press release from bluehens.com (University of Delaware’s official sports page), and the original can be seen here.
NEWARK, Del. — University of Delaware senior offensive tackle Ben Curtis, who started each of his final 40 football games as a Blue Hen, was honored Thursday with a spot on the College Sports Madness NCAA FCS All-American team.
Curtis, a 6-6, 290 lb. criminal justice major from Columbia, Md. (Calvert Hall High School), was selected to the CSM third team and was one of 13 Colonial Athletic Association student-athletes named to the three teams.
The CSM team was the first All-American squad announced this postseason. STATS Inc., the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Associated Press, and the College Sporting News are all expected to announce their All-American teams over the coming weeks.
Delaware has now placed at least one student-athlete on a postseason All-American football team for 14 straight years.
“It is an honor to receive this recognition,” said Curtis, who became the first UD offensive lineman to earn All-American honors since former teammate Bobby Kennedy in 2013. “I’d like to thank my teammates and coaches for a great five years at Delaware and for helping me get to this point in my football career.”
Curtis was a four-year starter and was the lone Blue Hen selected to the All-CAA first team during the 2015 season. Also a second team All-CAA pick in 2014, Curtis played in 43 career games for Delaware and started each of his final 40 contests. He anchored an offensive front that has helped Delaware rank No. 2 in the CAA and No. 17 nationally in rushing offense at 219.4 yards per game in 2015.
Other CAA players honored were first team picks in offensive lineman Bruce Johnson (Maine), kicker Nick Dorka (William & Mary), linebacker Don Cherry (Villanova), defensive lineman Victor Ochi (Stony Brook), and defensive back DeAndre Houston-Carson (William & Mary); second teamers in running back Kendell Anderson (William & Mary) and offensive lineman Andrew Jones (William & Mary); and third teamers in running back Jacobi Green (Richmond), wide receiver Brian Brown (Richmond), tight end Jordan Powell (New Hampshire), offensive lineman Nick Richter (Richmond), and defensive back Casey DeAndrade (New Hampshire).
McNeese State’s Matt Viator was selected as Coach of the Year; Illinois State running back Marshaun Coprich was picked as Offensive Player of the Year; Southern Utah defensive end James Cowser was the Defensive Player of the Year; and Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus was the Freshman of the Year.
Among the other organizations expected to announce their All-American teams over the coming weeks are the STATS Inc., Walter Camp, Associated Press, and the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association).
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