Four Wildcats named to All-America football team

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SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES

RALEIGH, N.C. – Four Bethune-Cookman University football players have been named to the 2013 Boxtorow All-America football team.

Nick Addison, Andrew Edouard, Jarkevis Fields and Alex Monroe each earned postseason honors.

Tampa native Nick Addison, above, was selected to the All-MEAC First Team, in addition to the Beyond Sports Network All-America Team following the season. (COURTESY OF B-CU ATHLETICS)

Tampa native Nick Addison, above, was selected to the All-MEAC First Team, in addition to the Beyond Sports Network All-America Team following the season.
(COURTESY OF B-CU ATHLETICS)

Following the third Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoff appearance in four years under head coach Brian Jenkins, Bethune-Cookman was announced as the 2013 HBCU National Champions by Boxtorow from both the coaches and media poll, after compiling a 10-3 overall mark and claiming back-to-back MEAC titles in 2012 and 2013.

Monroe is making his second appearance to the Boxtorow All-America Team, previously earning honors as an offensive lineman in 2011. The 6-5, 305-pound Jacksonville native played in more than 90 percent of the total offensive snaps for the Wildcats on the season, and finished the year as a First Team All-MEAC performer.

This is his second All-America consideration following the 2012 season, as he was named an honorable mention performer for the Beyond Sports Network All-America Team.

Community college transfer
As for fellow offensive lineman Edouard, the 6-2, 295-pound junior from Philadelphia maintained a starting position as the center for the Wildcats after the first game of the season at Tennessee State. One of two transfers from Lackawanna Community College on the current roster, Edouard collected First Team All-MEAC honors this season in helping anchor an offensive line unit that paved the way for the MEAC’s scoring leader from B-CU.

The Wildcats offense averaged 29.6 points per game, and served as the league’s rushing leader with 3,159 yards – averaging 243 yards per game (ninth-best in the NCAA). He helped pave the way for a rushing attack that scored 39 times on the ground, as well as another 10 through the air. In total offense, the Wildcats were second in the league with 5,146 yards (395.8 per game).

First time on team
Addison, a 6-2, 180-pound junior defensive back, is making his first appearance to the Boxtorow All-America Team. The Tampa native was selected to the All-MEAC First Team, in addition to the Beyond Sports Network All-America Team following the season. On the year, Addison posted a league-high matching five interceptions in 2013, in addition to finishing third on the Wildcats squad in total tackles (64).

He played and started in all 13 games, breaking up seven passes and forcing two fumbles.

He would go on to record a fumble recovery while returning a 38-yard interception for touchdown against Virginia Union. For Addison, the award marks the second All-America nod in his career, while landing on the All-MEAC First Team in consecutive seasons (2012, ’13).

Team captain
Fields is picking up his second All-America nod, recently named to the Beyond Sports Network All-America Team from his linebacker position. Fields served as a captain and defensive leader for the Wildcats in 2013.

A 6-0, 230-pound linebacker from Sanford, Fields led the Wildcats with 105 tackles (15th-best in the MEAC), including six tackles for loss and two interceptions. He landed on the All-MEAC First Team for the second consecutive year, as well as finishing third all-time on the B-CU career list for tackles (317). He finished his four-year career just six tackles shy of a share for the all-time lead in that category.

This story was courtesy of B-CUAthletics.com.

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