Nicholls kicker Fonseca named to AP FCS All-America team

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THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University placekicker Lorran Fonseca has been named to the AP FCS All-America Third Team, the AP announced Tuesday.

With the honor, Fonseca is the first Colonel to receive AP All-America honors since current Baltimore Raven Lardarius Webb landed on first team in 2008. Fonseca is the 17th player in program history to earn AP All-America and is the first kicker to make the team.

With only three games remaining in the FCS season, Fonseca leads the nation in field goals with 1.58 per game, converting 19 of 23 attempts. His .826 percentage ranks eighth in the FCS, and he posts the third-best clip of the kickers with 15 or more attempts. He finished the year with eight field goals from 40 yards or longer – including one from 50.

For the season, Fonseca made 35 of 36 extra-point attempts and ranks 15th in the FCS in scoring with 7.7 points per game (92). He also booted 36 touchbacks, which is the fifth most in the FCS.

A native of Hercules, California, Fonseca’s 19 made field goals set the program’s single-season mark, previously held by Jose Bran with 16 in the 1990 season. Fonseca also surpassed Adam Diel’s record of four field goals in a single game after converting 5-for-5 in the win over Abilene Christian.

The AP honor is just one of several accolades for Fonseca this season. A second-team All-Southland selection, Fonseca was a two-time SLC Special Teams Player of the Week honoree and garnered the same award three times from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. His performance against ACU also awarded him STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week. He was also selected as one of 13 finalists for the Fred Mitchell Award, which recognizes the top place-kicker in the FCS, NCAA Division II and III, NAIA and NJCAA.

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