For the first time ever the poll voters in the AGS Top 25 have cast their ballots to pick a NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America Team.
The offense is headlined by 2014 Walter Payton Award winner quarterback John Robertson of Villanova. Robertson threw for 2,846 yards with a 35-3 ratio passing while rushing for 1,078 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Leading the way defensively in voting was Villanova linebacker Don Cherry who was an All-American by nearly every media outlet in 2014. During his junior campaign, Cherry tallied 134 tackles and 21.5 tackles for loss.
North Dakota State punter Ben LeCompte headlines the special teams unit. As a junior he averaged 45.3 yards per punt with 2,671 yards.
At the conclusion of the playoffs in January AGS will select the first ever postseason FCS All-America Teams and Player of the Year awards.
Below is the full list:
AGS PRESEASON FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB John Robertson, Villanova, Sr.
RB Marshaun Coprich, Illinois State, Sr.
RB De’Angelo Henderson, Coastal Carolina, Jr.
FB Andrew Bonnet, North Dakota State, Sr.
WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Jr.
WR Zach Vraa, North Dakota State, Sr.
TE Josh Cook, Idaho State, Jr.
OT Joe Haeg, North Dakota State, Sr.
OT Donald Jackson III, Sam Houston State, Sr.
OG JP Flynn, Montana State, Jr.
OG Zack Johnson, North Dakota State, Jr.
C Robert Booker, Missouri State, Sr.
AGS PRESEASON FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DE James Cowser, Southern Utah, Sr.
DE P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State, Soph.
DT Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State, Sr.
DT Devaunte Sigler, Jacksonville State, Sr.
LB Don Cherry, Villanova, Sr.
LB Connor Underwood, Indiana State, Sr.
LB Luke Rhodes, William & Mary, Sr.
CB Deiondre’ Hall, Norhtern Iowa, Sr.
CB CJ Smith, North Dakota State, Sr.
S Tim Kilfoy, Northern Iowa, Sr.
S Donald Payne, Stetson, Jr.
AGS PRESEASON FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS
K John Lunsford, Liberty, Sr.
Tie K Michael Schmadeke, Northern Iowa, Sr.
P Ben LeCompte, North Dakota State, Sr.
KR Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.
PR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, Jr.
AP Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.