Four University of Central Arkansas Bears have earned Associated Press All-America honors — George Odum, John Cook, Tremon Smith and Chris Terrell.
Odum, a senior safety/linebacker from Millington, Tenn., earned first-team All-America honors. Cook, a junior offensive lineman from Grenada, Miss., was a second-team selection, while senior cornerback Tremon Smith and sophomore defensive end Chris Terrell were named to the third team.
Odum, the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was UCA’s leading tackler for the second straight year (120 total tackles) and finished his career fourth in UCA history with 350 tackles. Cook was the SLC Offensive Lineman of the Year and helped UCA finish second in the league in scoring offense, passing offense and total offense.
Smith, a senior from Anniston, Ala., led the Bears with five interceptions and finished his career with 15 interceptions, tied for fifth on UCA’s career list. Terrell, a sophomore from Pensacola, Fla., led the SLC in tackles for loss with 20, tied for second in sacks with 11 and also forced three fumbles.
The Bears finished 10-2 overall and reached the second round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs for the second consecutive year. UCA earned the No. 4 national seed in the FCS Playoffs and finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in both national polls.
The SLC earned 12 selections to the All-America teams, led by UCA and Sam Houston State with four each. The total number of selections is three times as many as in 2016, when the Southland garnered four total selections across the three teams. The conference now has 188 total first team all-American selections in its history.
The AP FCS All-America selections are chosen by a panel of 10 media members who cover FCS football.