EAST GREENSBORO (December 24, 2018) – The back-to-back HBCU national football champion North Carolina A&T Aggies have been rewarded with some All-American honors and a team accolade following their third Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl win in four years. The Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, FCS STATS, BoxToRow and Hero SPORTS all put Aggies on their respective All-American teams.
It starts with the Associated Press. Two Aggies are on the AP’s All-Football Championship Subdivision (FCCS) first team in the same year for the first time in program history. Darryl Johnson, Jr. (6-foot-5, 232, RJR, defensive end, Kingsland, Ga.) and Micah Shaw (6-1, 264, SR, offensive lineman, Fayetteville, N.C.). Johnson and Shaw join offensive lineman Brandon Parker (2017), running back Tarik Cohen (2016), return specialist Curtis Deloatch (2001) and defensive end Chris McNeil (1997) as first-team AP All-Americans.
The Aggies have had 16 different players pick up AP All-Americans in school history. They had three in one season in 2017, Parker (1st team), cornerback Mac McCain III (3rd team) and return specialist Khris Gardin (3rd team). The school record is four set in 1993 with defensive back Curtis Burgins (third team), running back James White (honorable mention), offensive lineman Ronald Edwards (honorable mention) and linebacker Leevary Covington (honorable mention).
FCS STATS released their All-American team and there is an Aggie on each of the three teams they announced. The America Football Coaches Association (AFCA) also has released their All-American team with two Aggies making the second team. Hero SPORTS released their sophomore All-American team and BoxToRow has released their All-American team along with their 2018 champion.
Johnson, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) defensive player of the year, was named to STATS’ first team. He has also been named a black college football All-American by BoxToRow. Johnson is also one of four finalists for Black College Football Player of the Year awarded by the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
Shaw, the MEAC offensive lineman of the year, earned third-team FCS STATS honors. Shaw had a total grade of 84 percent out of 100 this season and made 29 knockdown blocks while surrendering only one sack.
Malik Wilson (5-11, 166, SR, kick returner, Burlington, N.C.) was named a second-team All-American by STATS and a first-team selection by BoxToRow. Wilson returned a school-record four kicks for touchdowns in 2018 including a game-winning return in the 2018 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl last Saturday.
Johnson and McCain (5-11, 173, RSO, Greensboro, N.C.) earned second-team honors from AFCA. McCain had a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown at East Carolina earlier in the season. Johnson was an AFCA All-American last season.
Meanwhile, HERO Sports released its sophomore All-American team along with its overall All-American team. McCain earned sophomore All-American honors from the organization while Johnson earned first-team honors and Shaw earned second-team honors.
BoxToRow also named Timadre Abram, Marquell Cartwright, Marcus Pettiford also made the BoxToRow All-American team. As a team, the Aggies earned the season-ending No. 1 spot in the BoxToRow poll for the third time in four years.
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