PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior Rodrick Rumble has been named to The Sports Network Preseason FCS All-America team. Rumble was named to the second team offense and is one of 14 players from the Big Sky Conference to make the list.
The Oak Harbor, Wash., native finished the 2011 season with the second most receiving yards in Idaho State history with 1,348 and set the single season record for receptions with 112 during the 2011 season. The 6-2, 201-pound wide receiver is tied for sixth all-time in single season receiving touchdowns with nine and had a season-high 14 receptions on two separate occasions during the season, once against Northern Colorado and again against Weber State. The 14 single-game reception performance is third all-time in program history. Against Washington State, Rumble recorded 218 receiving yards, the third best in ISU history.
Rumbles accolades for the 2011 season included being named first-team all-conference as well as earning College Sports Madness, Phil Steele, The Sports Network and the Associated Press All-American honors.
The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America Team consists of 93 players over three teams. CAA Football leads all conferences with 15 selections each from nine member schools.
The Big Sky and Southland conferences have 14 selections each and the Southern Conference follows with 13. All 13 FCS conferences have at least two selections and 11 conferences have at least one player on the first team.
The 2012 Sports Network All-America Team will be announced after the regular season on Dec. 19.
The Sports Network also presents the four major awards in the division - the Walter Payton (FCS outstanding player), the Buck Buchanan (FCS outstanding defensive player), the Jerry Rice (FCS outstanding freshman player) and the Eddie Robinson (FCS coach of the year) - after the season. In addition, TSN presents the FCS’s most widely recognized weekly Top 25 poll and weekly awards honoring the nation’s top offensive player, defensive player, special teams player and freshman.