Center Mike Sellers of The Citadel has been named to the FCS All-America team by the American Football Coaches Association.
Sellers, a junior from Forth Dorchester High School, is the first Citadel player honored by the AFCA in four years. He also was named first-team all-Southern Conference this season, and won the league’s Jacobs Blocking Award as the top offensive lineman.
The last Citadel player named to the AFCA All-America team was wide receiver Andre Roberts in 2008; Roberts now plays for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. The last Bulldog offensive lineman on the squad was Levi Davis in 1994.
Sellers led the 7-4 Bulldogs with 75 knockdown blocks and earned the highest assignment grade of all Citadel offensive linemen. He anchored a line which enabled the Bulldogs to rank fourth in the nation with an average of 300.6 rushing yards per game, while allowing only two sacks.
In addition to Sellers and Davis, three other Citadel offensive linemen have been named to the AFCA All-America team, including Jim Gabrish (1984 and 1985), Carlos Avalos (1988) and DeRhon Robinson (1990).
Rounding out the list of AFCA All-Americans from The Citadel are defensive lineman Jim Ettari (1982), safety Lester Smith (1992) and defensive lineman Brad Kenney (1995).