HUNTSVILLE – The honors keep rolling in for the Sam Houston State football team with three all-America teams being released this week, and all littered with Bearkats.
All-America teams from STATS FCS, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and HERO Sports all came out this week with Jeremiah Briscoe, P.J. Hall, Nathan Stewart, Davion Davis, Corey Avery and Chris Stewart all finding their name on at least one of the lists.
Briscoe earned first team nods to both the AFCA and HERO Sports teams and is guaranteed a spot on the STATS FCS team with either first or second team distinction pending the announcement of the Walter Payton Award on January 5 in Frisco. The senior quarterback won the Payton Award a year ago and is seeking to become just the second FCS player in history to win it multiple times.
He led FCS and set a SHSU single-season record with 5,003 yards passing in 2017, while also leading the country for the second consecutive season with 45 touchdown passes. The Bearkat trigger man is the first Kat to throw for 5,000 yards in a season and has also already been named to the AP and FCS ADA (Athletic Director’s Association) All-America teams.
Hall closed out his Bearkat career with first team selections on each of the three teams after also being named an AP All-America first teamer earlier in the week. He is just the second Bearkat in history to earn first team all-Southland Conference honors in each of his four years in Huntsville and finished his career with 86.5 tackles for loss, a new FCS record.
He racked up 60 tackles, including 19.0 for loss, in 12 games and finished the year ranked in the top 10 in the nation in tackles for loss. He also had six sacks and an interception, in addition to blocking an FCS high four kicks.
Davis, the SLC Offensive Player of the Year, was named to the second team all-America team all-purpose player by STATS FCS and the first team by HERO Sports, while the AFCA put him on the first team as a wide receiver. The junior hauled in 78 passes for 1,206 yards and 17 touchdowns, while finishing second in the FCS with 21 total touchdowns scored.
He is the fourth Bearkat in history to have a rushing, receiving and return touchdown in the same season and enters his senior season already holding the Bearkats’ career record with 30 touchdown grabs.
Opposite Davis in the wide receiving corps this year was Nathan Stewart, who was named to the first team by both STATS FCS and HERO Sports. Stewart finished his sophomore season with 1,658 yards and 14 touchdowns. He led the FCS and set a SHSU single-season record in receiving yards and averaged 21.4 yards per catch on the year.
He finished with 15 plays of 40 or more yards, five of which went for touchdowns, and is the only Bearkat to ever have multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons in a career.
Avery was a third team choice from STATS FCS after earning first team all-SLC for the third straight year. The senior rushed for 1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 6.0 yards per carry for the year. His 14 rush touchdowns were the fifth most in FCS and he finished up his career at SHSU ranked only behind Timothy Flanders in both career rushing yards and scores.
Chris Stewart also earned a third team nod from HERO Sports after being named that publications FCS Newcomer of the Year earlier in the week. The junior defensive lineman transferred from Wake Forest and made a big impact on the Bearkat defense.
He finished second in the FCS in total sacks with 12.5 and seventh with 19.0 total tackles for loss. He turned in his biggest game of the year in Sam Houston’s FCS Quarterfinal win, finishing with 15 tackles and a pair of sacks.