Bison CB Williams, 2 Montana State earn All-America honorsNorth Dakota State cornerback Marcus Williams became the 15th player in school history to be named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American first team on Tuesday.
North Dakota State cornerback Marcus Williams became the 15th player in school history to be named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American first team on Tuesday.
Williams had five interceptions this season in helping the Bison to a 10-1 regular season title and the Missouri Valley Football Conference title. The last player to make the Football Championship Subdivision team was offensive lineman Paul Cornick last year.
Two Montana State football players who were named the MVPs of the Big Sky Conference are now being honored as All-Americans by the American Football Coaches Association.
Junior quarterback DeNarius McGhee of Euless, Texas, received Football Championship Subdivision All-America honors on offense, while senior linebacker Jody Owens of Mesquite, Texas, was named an All-American on defense.
McGhee has completed 268 passes for 2,939 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. He has also rushed for 344 yards and four more scores as the second-ranked and third-seeded Bobcats (11-1) have advanced to the FCS quarterfinals.
Owens leads MSU with 90 total tackles, including 57 solo tackles. He has four sacks and four forced fumbles on the season.
Montana State hosts Sam Houston State Friday night in the quarterfinals.
Former NDSU LB hopes to transfer, then play for Jayhawks
NDSU backup linebacker DeShawn Dinwiddie, who quit the team last week, said he eventually hopes to transfer to the University of Kansas so he can play near his family.
Dinwiddie, in an email, said he plans to enroll at Hutchinson Community College in his hometown of Hutchinson, Kan., because he has to sit out a year anyway because of NCAA transfer rules. He played as a true freshman for NDSU in 2011, but his playing time the last two seasons mostly consisted of special teams.
“I’m transferring because me and the new linebacker coach (Steve Stanard) didn’t click and I’m homesick,” he wrote. “I want to make it easier for my family to make it to my games.”
His brother, backup running back Deveon Dinwiddie, also left the Bison last week. A junior, he may transfer to a Division II school for his final year of eligibility.