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Gardin Does It Again

GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T sophomore punt returner Khris Gardin keeps piling up the All-American honors as the Aggies head into the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Saturday against Alcorn State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at noon (telecast live on ABC).

On Thursday, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association named Gardin to their All-American team as a return specialist. Gardin (5-7, 158, Morganton, N.C.) has now been deemed an All-American by three different organizations including STATS FCS and BOXTOROW. He was also named first-team All-MEAC as a return specialist.

Gardin leads the nation in punt return yardage (666), yards per punt return (22.2), punt return yards per game (60.5) and punt returns for touchdowns (2). He needs two yards to break the NCAA FCS record for punt return yards in a season, and if he stays above 54.7 punt return yards per game on Saturday he will also hold that NCAA record.

The FCS ADA is in coordination with the 13 FCS conference offices. The third annual award recognizes the top student-athletes from FCS institutions at 11 different positions. The 2015 class includes student-athletes from 10 different institutions, representing six different conferences. Voting was conducted by a national panel, consisting of media and sports information directors. 

“On behalf of our association’s officers, executive committee and members, I would like to congratulate this year’s FCS ADA All-America award winners,” stated FCS ADA President Jeff Tingey, director of athletics, Idaho State University. “Each of these student-athletes accomplished great things both on and off the football field this season, and the FCS ADA is proud to recognize their achievements.”

From the 11 players listed below, a national Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year will be announced at a later date and recognized at the National Championship Game in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 9, during an on-field presentation.

The following student-athletes will earn 2015 All-America honors from the FCS ADA, as the top players from each of their positions.





Eli Jenkins

Jacksonville State University


Marshaun Coprich

Illinois State University


Cooper Kupp

Eastern Washington University


Eric Saubert

Drake University


Joe Haeg

North Dakota State University


Lance Geesey

Saint Francis University


James Cowser

Southern Utah University


Christian Kuntz

Duquesne University


Deiondre’ Hall

University of Northern Iowa


Khris Gardin

North Carolina A&T


Ben LeCompte

North Dakota State University