GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T cornerback Donald Mattocks (5-8, 178, Burlington, N.C.) worked diligently to move his way up the Aggies depth chart over a five-year period. Aggies center Ronald Canty (6-0, 277, Chester, S.C.) worked over a five-year period to earn the recognition his stellar play deserved.
Both men got satisfaction by earning All-American honors from two different organizations. Mattocks earned first-team Beyond Sports Network FCS All-American recognition, while Canty picked up FCS All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association.
BSN also named three other Aggies to one of their three All-American teams. Fifth-year linebacker D’Vonte Grant (5-10, 205, Charlotte, N.C.) and junior cornerback Tony McRae (5-9, 175, Laurinburg, N.C.) earned second-team nods from BSN, and sophomore running back Tarik Cohen (5-6, 172, Bunn, N.C.) was named to the third team.
Mattocks ranks third in the nation in interceptions and led the conference with seven total and 0.6 per game. Mattocks recorded a single-game school record three interceptions in one half during the Aggies 59-0 win over Chowan on Sept. 20. Mattocks earned defensive player of the week honors for his efforts and was third in the conference in passes defended.
Canty was a reliable lineman who played multiple positions throughout his career. He consistently graded out between 80-90 percent during the 2014 season. He recorded 21 pancake blocks this season and 53 for his career. Canty played every snap this season and made all the calls and adjustments at the line of scrimmage for the Aggies offensive line.
Since 1945, the American Football Coaches Association has selected an All-America team. What makes this team special is that it is the only one selected exclusively by the men who know the most about the players, the coaches themselves.
The AFCA currently selects an All-America team in five divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. Only one 25-player team is chosen in each division. There are no second or third teams or honorable mention awards.
The BSN FCS All America Team was selected by SIDs, Coaches, and FCS Media.
The Aggies went 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the MEAC in 2014 to earn a share of the MEAC title. Their best season in 11 years has earned the Aggies multiple postseason accolades. Cohen was named MEAC co-offensive player of the year, and along with Grant and Mattocks, he has been recognized by two different organizations as an FCS All-American.
The following is a list of A&T football postseason accolades:
OL Ronald Canty – first-team All-MEAC, first-team AFCA All-American
RB Tarik Cohen – MEAC co-offensive player of the year, first-team All-MEAC, first-team BOXTOROW All-American, second-team BSN All-American
LB D’Vonte Grant – first-team All-MEAC, first-team BOXTOROW All-American, second-team BSN All-American
PK Cody Jones – first-team All-MEAC, honorable mention BOXTOROW All-American
WR Desmond Lawrence – third-team All-MEAC
QB Kwashaun Quick – third-team All-MEAC
CB Donald Mattocks – first-team All-MEAC, first-team BOXTOROW All-American, first-team BSN All-American
CB Tony McRae – first-team All-MEAC defensive back, second-team All-MEAC return specialist, second-team BSN All-American
OL Brandon Parker – third-team All-MEAC
DL Marquis Ragland – second-team All-MEAC
OL William Ray Robinson III – first-team All-MEAC, first-team BOXTOROW All-American