Tight end A.C Leonard earned first-team Football Championship Subdivision All-America honors from the Sports Network and was one of three Tennessee State players among a record 10 from the Ohio Valley Conference who were honored.
Tigers offensive lineman Rogers Gaines and defensive back Steven Godbolt III each were named to the second team.
The previous high for the OVC was eight players in 2010. This year’s 10 included two others beside Leonard on the first team, four on the second team and three more on the third team.
The Sports Network has selected FCS All-American teams since 1987 and released its 2012 list Monday.
Leonard caught 51 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with TSU and became the first sophomore to earn first-team recognition at his position. The transfer from Florida led all FCS tight ends and was fourth among all divisions of NCAA football in receiving yards.
Gaines, a senior, was the left tackle on a line that did not allow a sack all season. That unit also helped the Tigers lead the OVC in rushing offense at 175.7 yards per game.
Godbolt, a sophomore, intercepted six passes in 10 games. Twice he intercepted a pass in three straight contests, and his average of .60 per game led the FCS.
TSU finished the season 8-3 overall, its highest win total for an 11-game season in more than a decade, 4-3 and in fifth place in the OVC.