Racers’ Brockman among OVC group to make All-America team
Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:03 pm
Five Ohio Valley Conference football players have been named to the 2011 Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-American Team.
The selections included one second-team pick and four third-team selections.
The second-team selection was Southeast Missouri State junior linebacker Blake Peiffer. The third-team selections were Murray State junior quarterback Casey Brockman, Eastern Kentucky junior running back Matt Denham, Tennessee Tech senior offensive lineman Scott Schweitzer and Eastern Kentucky senior defensive back Jeremy Caldwell.
Brockman placed 11th in the voting for the 2011 Walter Payton Award after rewriting the MSU and Ohio Valley Conference single-season record books. He went 316-for-477 for 3,276 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 211 yards and four touchdowns while also catching two passes for 25 yards and two scores.
Brockman set new records for attempts and completions, while his 3,267 passing yards rank second to former Racer Justin Fuente’s 3,498 yards during the 1999 season.
Brockman established a new OVC mark as he compiled 3,487 yards of total offense, breaking Fuente’s 1999 mark of 3,407.
The junior made NCAA history this season as he threw for an FCS-record 422 yards in the first half against Tennessee State. He went on to throw for 600 yards and seven touchdowns, becoming just the fifth player in FCS history to throw for 600 yards in a game. He also caught a touchdown pass in that game and earned five National Player of the Week honors.
Brockman will enter his final season with a chance to break the school career records for attempts (260), completions (70), yards (2,371), touchdowns (9) and total offense (3,169).
Denham ranked third in the FCS in rushing (131.4 yards a game) despite not starting the first four games of the season.
After becoming the starter he averaged 184.5 yards per game over the last eight games of the season, a mark that led the nation by 35.3 yards a game. That included four games with 200-plus yards on the ground, tied for the most in the nation. Published in The WCP 12.20.11