Kelley, Alexander add to FCS All-American accolades

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Cole Kelley

HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana University duo of quarterback Cole Kelley and defensive back Zy Alexander added to their postseason honors on Monday, as both Lions were named to the 2021 Stats Perform FCS All-America Team.

Kelley was named to the first team, while Alexander was a second-team choice. The All-America nod was the third of the fall for Kelley, who was previously named first team by the Associated Press and third team by HERO Sports. Alexander was selected to the AP FCS All-America third team last week.

The reigning Walter Payton Award winner and one of the top three vote-getters invited to the Jan. 7 presentation of the award this season, Kelley posted one of the finest statistical seasons in the history of the FCS this fall. The Lafayette, Louisiana native threw for 5,124 yards and 44 touchdowns on 406-for-552 passing (73.6 completion percentage), while also rushing for a team-high 491 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Kelley leads FCS in passing yards, total offense, completion percentage and points responsible for, as his 60 total touchdowns (44 passing, 16 rushing) were one off the single-season FCS record set by Willie Totten in 1984. The Southland Conference Player of the Year’s single-season totals for passing yards (2nd), total offense (5,615 yards, 3rd) and passing touchdowns (10th) were all among the best performances in the history of FCS football.

Kelley’s 72.1 career completion percentage (685-for-950) during his time at Southeastern is a new FCS standard (minimum 750 pass attempts). In 33 games donning the green and gold, Kelley set new program career records with 8,602 passing yards, 9,339 yards of total offense, 70 passing touchdowns, 33 rushing touchdowns and 105 touchdowns responsible for (70 passing, 33 rushing, two receiving).

Alexander was a ball hawk in his second freshman season in Hammond. A first team All-Southland Conference selection, Alexander finished the season with a league-high six interceptions – good for eighth in the FCS. The Loreauville, Louisiana native also tallied 39 tackles (32 solo), seven pass breakups and a forced fumble in his second season with the Lions.

Alexander will be among the Lion participants when spring practice opens on March 8.

2021 STATS PERFORM FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM
FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
QB – Cole Kelley, redshirt senior, 6-7, 245, Southeastern
QB – Eric Barriere, redshirt senior, 6-1, 210, Eastern Washington
RB – Quay Holmes, redshirt junior, 6-1, 220, ETSU
RB – Pierre Strong Jr., senior, 5-11, 205, South Dakota State
FB/H-Back – Hunter Luepke, junior, 6-1, 236, North Dakota State
WR – Xavier Gipson, junior, 5-9, 170, Stephen F. Austin
WR – Tyler Hudson, sophomore, 6-2, 195, Central Arkansas
TE – Tucker Kraft, sophomore, 6-5, 255, South Dakota State
OL – P.J. Burkhalter, senior, 6-3, 330, Nicholls
OL – Lewis Kidd, senior, 6-6, 311, Montana State
OL – Trevor Penning, redshirt junior, 6-7, 321, Northern Iowa
OL – Cole Strange, redshirt senior, 6-6, 301, Chattanooga
OL – Cordell Volson, senior, 6-7, 313, North Dakota State
OL – Nick Zakelj, fifth year, 6-5, 325, Fordham

DEFENSE
DL – Jared Brinkman, redshirt senior, 6-2, 290, Northern Iowa
DL – Isaiah Chambers, grad, 6-5, 251, McNeese
DL – James Houston, senior, 6-1, 225, Jackson State
DL – Nate Lynn, redshirt sophomore, 6-3, 265, William & Mary
DL – Devonnsha Maxwell, redshirt junior, 6-2, 296, Chattanooga
LB – Troy Andersen, senior, 6-4, 235, Montana State
LB – Jacob Dobbs, junior, 6-0, 232, Holy Cross
LB – Isaiah Land, redshirt junior, 6-4, 215, Florida A&M
LB – Patrick O’Connell, redshirt junior, 6-2, 225, Montana
LB – Forrest Rhyne, grad, 6-1, 235, Villanova
DB – Markquese Bell, redshirt senior 6-3, 205, Florida A&M
DB – Christian Benford, senior, 6-1, 205, Villanova
DB – Justin Ford, redshirt junior, 6-2, 190, Montana
DB – Darius Joiner, senior, 6-2, 200, Western Illinois
DB – Koby Perry, grad, 6-0, 174, Austin Peay

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK – Ethan Ratke, redshirt senior, 5-10, 186, James Madison
P – Brian Buschini, redshirt freshman, 6-0, 219, Montana
LS – Kyle Davis, redshirt junior, 6-0, 219, James Madison
KR – Rashid Shaheed, senior, 6-0, 180, Weber State
PR – Warren Newman, senior, 5-8, 175, Jackson State
AP – Xavier Shepherd, sophomore, 6-0, 205, Kennesaw State
AP – Montrell Washington, senior, 5-10, 170, Samford

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QB – Cole Johnson, redshirt senior, 6-5, 215, James Madison
QB – Cameron Ward, sophomore, 6-3, 230, UIW
RB – Isaiah Ifanse, junior, 5-10, 202, Montana State
RB – Ramon Jefferson, redshirt junior, 5-10, 215, Sam Houston
FB/H-Back – Logan Kendall, junior, 6-3, 273, Idaho
WR – BJ Byrd, senior, 6-0, 190, Morehead State
WR – Taylor Grimes, junior, 5-11, 190, UIW
WR – Antwane Wells Jr., redshirt freshman, 6-1, 204, James Madison
TE – Kemari Averett, senior, 6-6, 260, Bethune-Cookman
OL – Michael Corbi, senior, 6-3, 335, Villanova
OL – Matthan Hatchie, junior, 6-2, 310 UT Martin
OL – Braxton Jones, redshirt junior, 6-7, 310, Southern Utah
OL – Tre’mond Shorts, redshirt junior, 6-4, 335, ETSU
OL – Colby Thomas, senior, 6-2, 300, Sam Houston
OL – Matt Waletzko, senior, 6-7, 305, North Dakota

DEFENSE
DL – Brevin Allen, senior, 6-4, 265, Campbell
DL – Bryce Carter, redshirt senior, 6-1, 252, James Madison
DL – Daniel Hardy, senior, 6-3, 240, Montana State
DL – Vaughn Taylor Jr., senior, 6-3, 252, Morehead State
DL – Kobie Turner, redshirt senior, 6-3, 290, Richmond
LB – Adam Bock, sophomore, 6-1, 215, South Dakota State
LB – Jack Cochrane, senior, 6-3, 230, South Dakota
LB – Stone Snyder, junior, 6-3, 240, VMI
LB – Jeremiah Tyler, senior, 6-1, 225, Princeton
LB – Tristan Wheeler, redshirt sophomore, 6-2, 228, Richmond
DB – Zy Alexander, freshman, 6-3, 185, Southeastern
DB – Montrae Braswell, sophomore, 6-0, 190, Missouri State
DB – Qua Brown, senior, 5-11, 206, Southern Illinois
DB – Decobie Durant, grad, 5-11, 180, South Carolina State
DB – Devin Hafford, senior, 6-1, 210, Tarleton

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK – Matthew Cook, sophomore, 5-11, 180, Northern Iowa
P – Daniel Whelan, senior, 6-6, 221, UC Davis
LS – Matthew O’Donoghue, senior, 6-1, 260, Montana
KR – Isaiah Bolden, junior, 6-2, 205. Jackson State
PR – Jah’Marae Sheread, redshirt junior, 5-7, 175, Florida A&M
AP – Jake Chisholm, junior, 5-9, 191, Dayton
AP – Christian Watson, senior, 6-5, 208, North Dakota State

THIRD TEAM
OFFENSE
QB – Aqeel Glass, grad, 6-5, 215, Alabama A&M
QB – E.J. Perry, senior, 6-2, 210, Brown
RB – Malik Grant, junior, 5-7, 200, Sacred Heart
RB – Darius Hale, freshman, 5-11, 215, Central Arkansas
RB – Geno Hess, senior, 5-8, 209, Southeast Missouri
FB/H-Back – Joe Kenny, redshirt senior, 6-2, 253, Rhode Island
WR – Dai’Jean Dixon, senior, 6-4, 200, Nicholls
WR – Dennis Houston, senior, 6-2, 205, Western Illinois
TE – Ryan Miller, redshirt senior, 6-2, 221, Furman
OL – J.D. DiRenzo, grad, 6-6, 315, Sacred Heart
OL – AJ Farris, grad, 6-2, 300, Monmouth
OL – Keenan Forbes, grad, 6-3, 330, Florida A&M
OL – ZeVeyon Furcron, redshirt senior, 6-2, 327, Southern Illinois
OL – David Kroll, grad, 6-7, 315, Delaware
OL – Tristen Taylor, redshirt senior, 6-6, 320, Eastern Washington

DEFENSE
DL – Jahari Kay, senior, 6-2, 260, Sam Houston
DL – Titus Leo, senior, 6-4, 245, Wagner
DL – Shaundre Mims, redshirt senior, 6-0, 276, Charleston Southern
DL – Josiah Silver, freshman, 6-2, 227, New Hampshire
DL – Brayden Thomas, senior, 6-3, 260, North Dakota State
LB – Kelechi Anyalebechi, senior, 6-0, 240, UIW
LB – David Hoage, sophomore, 6-3, 250, Northern Colorado
LB – Jalen Mackie, senior, 6-1, 240, Dartmouth
LB – Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey, redshirt junior, 5-10, 214, James Madison
LB – Tre Walker, junior, 6-1, 235, Idaho
DB – Johnathan Edwards, grad, 6-2, 192, Austin Peay
DB – Zyon McCollum, senior, 6-4, 200, Sam Houston
DB – Davion Ross, sophomore, 5-10, 165, Eastern Kentucky
DB – Michael Tutsie, senior, 5-11, 192, North Dakota State
DB – Kedrick Whitehead, redshirt senior, 5-11, 195, Delaware

SPECIAL TEAMS
PK – Kyle Sentkowski, junior, 6-0, 209, Sacramento State
P – Grant Burkett, redshirt freshman, 6-1, 180, Missouri State
LS – Robert Soderholm, senior, 6-1, 216, VMI
KR – Malik Flowers, redshirt junior, 6-2, 200, Montana
PR – Jayden Price, junior, 6-0, 186, North Dakota State
AP – Jaleel McLaughlin, senior, 5-9, 175, Youngstown State
AP – Jacob Saylors, junior, 5-11, 195, ETSU

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