Dec 14, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT
CAA Football, which has two squads playing in this weekend’s NCAA Division I Football National Semifinal round, logged three Walter Camp All-America honors Tuesday. The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and certified by the accounting and auditing firm, Marcum LLP.
|Villanova’s Ben Ijalana.|
Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship Subdivisions.
Richmond’s Martin Parker was one of the team’s two defensive honorees. The senior finished his Spider career with a league-best 96 tackles from his defensive tackle position and ranked second in CAA Football with 5.5 sacks in 11 games. The New Haven, Conn., native was honored last week as a AFCA All-American.
New Hampshire’s Matt Evans, a Second Team All-CAA Football linebacker, finished his sophomore season with a league-best 156 tackles in 13 games. The Hanover, Mass., native was a three-time CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week and currently ranks fifth in the country with his 12.0 tackles/game average.
Villanova offensive lineman Ben Ijalana was the league’s only offensive representative on the All-America squad. The three-time First Team All-CAA Football honoree, finished 10th in the Outland Trophy Award voting last week — given to the nation’s top major college football interior lineman. The Hainesport, N.J., native leads a Wildcat offensive front which ranks as the league leader in both rushing (199.5 yards/game) and scoring (30.8 points/game).
In all, players from 12 different conferences and 24 institutions were represented on the 2010 Walter Camp FCS All-America Team. The Big Sky and Southern Conferences had the most selections with four selections each. CAA Football and the Missouri Valley Conference each had three. Two schools – Appalachian State and Stephen F. Austin (2) – had multiple players selected.
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