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Three football players earn All-American honors

February 10, 2012

Three Monmouth football athletes won All-American awards presented by Beyond Sports College Network.

Alex Tanney, Mike Blodgett and James Allen were all part of this season’s winning team.

The All-American award by Beyond Sports College Network is an athletic award composed of 2011’s top athletes from Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, Division III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The athletes chosen for the award, including the three Monmouth players, are picked based on conference awards, individual stats, team stats, and highlight videos. 

Alex Tanney was one of six quarterbacks picked for the award based on his record and the highlights of the previous season. During his final season, Tanney set the NCAA all-divisions career touchdown passing record. Tanney also recently played in the All-Star Classic game in Little Rock, Ark.

Wide receiver Mike Blodgett had 20 records at Monmouth College that pushed him to stand out for this award. Along with his 20 records, Blodgett was ranked second in the Division III for receiving yards per game and then ranked third in receptions per game. In 2011, Blodgett was named Associated Press Little All-American Third Team. Blodgett and Tanney were the only representatives in the Midwest Conference.

James Allen, senior at Monmouth College pushed his way to the top as an offensive line player. Allen was also 2011’s first team offense for the Midwest Conference. Last season, Allen helped the Monmouth College football team push their first 1,000 yard rusher since 2006. Allen aspires to be a junior high or high school teacher and to integrate his love for football into his career.

All three players  led the Scots went into the playoffs with a winning record. They were ranked number one in both offense and scoring.

The All-American athletes were accompanied by Coach Steve Bell who was named 2011 coach of the year of the Midwest Conference.

Ashley Lutz
Contributing Writer

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