Three University of Central Arkansas football players have been named to The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-America teams.
Senior offensive lineman Corey Howard was a second-team selection, while senior punt returner Jesse Grandy and graduate linebacker Seth Allison were third-team choices.
Howard, from Wichita Falls, Texas, was the Southland Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year after helping the Bears average 400 yards of total offense per game this season en route to a 9-3 record and a second-round playoff appearance. Howard was a three-year starter for the Bears and played in 46 career games at UCA.
Grandy, from Pine Bluff and a transfer from Ole Miss, led the SLC in punt returns and was ranked seventh in the nation with a 12.5-yard average. He was also UCA’s top receiver with 61 receptions for 797 yards and 7 touchdowns. Grandy, a first-team All-SLC selection, was first in the league in all-purpose yards at 132.1 per game.
Allison, a two-time All-SLC selection as well as an All-Academic selection from Stuttgart, Ark., finished his career with 252 total tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 8 interceptions. He was UCA’s third-leading tackler with 84 stops this season, and also had a team-high three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles.
UCA won nine games for the second straight season and advanced to the NCAA Division I Playoffs for the second consecutive year after tying for the Southland Conference championship.
Thomsen to coach Raiders in Texas Bowl
Former University of Central Arkansas assistant coach Chris Thomsen has been selected to serve as head coach for Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl.
Thomsen, the offensive line coach for the Red Raiders, was selected for the interim role after head coach Tommy Tuberville left for Cincinnati.
Before coming to Texas Tech, Thomsen had a 51-24 record as head coach at Abilene Christian.