|Ricky Santos passed for 2,972 yards and 24 TDs this season. (Matthew Putney/Associated Press)|
Ricky Santos capped one of the most prolific college careers a quarterback has ever had with an All-America season.
The New Hampshire quarterback, along with record-breaking running back Omar Cuff of Delaware, were selected to the Associated Press FCS All-America team released yesterday.
Santos, last season's Walter Payton Award winner as the best player in what was formerly known as Division 1-AA, has led the Wildcats to the playoffs each season. He threw for 2,972 yards and 24 touchdowns this season and New Hampshire finished 7-5 after a Football Championship Subdivision playoff loss to top-ranked Northern Iowa.
Santos's 123 career touchdown passes and 13,212 yards passing rank third in FCS history behind Alcorn State's Steve McNair and Grambling State's Bruce Eugene.
Cuff, who will lead the Blue Hens into the national championship game against Appalachian State, set an FCS record for touchdowns this season with 38. He's also run for 1,861 yards.
Appalachian State, which is trying for a record third straight national title and began the season by beating Michigan, was represented on the All-America team by offensive lineman Kerry Brown and safety Corey Lynch.
Georgia Southern's Jayson Foster, a Payton Award finalist this season, joined Cuff and Santos in the backfield. The 5-foot-9-inch, 164-pound Foster is second in the nation in touchdowns (24) and yards rushing per game (167.6).
Bentley offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau was named a first-team Division 2 All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. The 6-4, 305-pound senior from Waltham is the second Falcon to win such honors, joining offensive coordinator Mark DeBrito (1999).
Rams hire Fairchild
Sonny Lubick was Steve Fairchild's mentor. Now, the Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator is replacing Lubick, the college coaching icon who was fired after 15 seasons at Colorado State. Fairchild, a former Rams quarterback and assistant coach, was named the school's 19th head coach. Lubick was in Montana for family reasons and couldn't be immediately reached for comment. However, his son, Marc, who worked as an assistant coach under his father, said his dad is pleased with the decision. "He likes Steve and is impressed with him," Marc Lubick told the Associated Press. "I think Steve was the best guy they could've gotten." Fairchild, 49, was a member of Lubick's inaugural staff at Colorado State. He was the quarterbacks coach from 1993-96 before taking over as the Rams' offensive coordinator for four seasons. Colorado State won five conference titles in his eight years as an assistant coach. Fairchild won't leave the Bills until after the conclusion of the NFL season . . . Southern Mississippi hired Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora as its new coach. Fedora replaces Jeff Bower, who was forced to resign last month after 17 years and 119 wins. Fedora, 45, just completed his third season as the Cowboys' offensive coordinator and has 16 years of college coaching experience, including a stint as Florida's offensive coordinator. This will be his first job as head coach. Fedora also coached at Air Force, Baylor, Middle Tennessee State, and Austin College, where he went to school . . . Daryl Dickey, the former Tennessee quarterback who spent six seasons as Florida State's quarterback coach, took over the West Georgia program. Dickey replaces Mike Ledford, who resigned in November. The 25-year coaching veteran, the son of former Tennessee and Florida head coach Doug Dickey, was out of football this year after his contract was not renewed at Florida State.