Underwood, Ericksen Named Associated Press FCS All-Americans
Ben Ericksen
Ben Ericksen

Dec. 12, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - For the second time this week, Illinois State football standouts Colton Underwood and Ben Ericksen were named All-Americans, this time by the Associated Press Wednesday. Underwood and Ericksen were named first and third-team all-America selections, respectively, Monday by The Sports Network.

With his selection, Underwood becomes the first Redbird player named a First-Team All-America selection by the Associated Press since 2006, when Cameron Siskowic earned first-team honors from the AP, The Sports Network and the Walter Camp Foundation. The announcement also marked the first time the Redbirds had two players named to an all-America list since 2006, when Siskowic and Pierre Rembert were both named all-Americans by several organizations.

Underwood, a junior defensive end, leads the MVFC in sacks (10.5) and tackles-for-loss (19.5), currently ranks No. 13 in the country in sacks and is tied for No. 12 in the FCS in tackles-for-loss. The 2012 Buck Buchanan Award nominee was an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First-Team selection and a MVFC All-Academic Second-Team pick. He recorded at least one sack in eight games and a tackle-for-loss in nine games, with five multiple tackle-for-loss performances and finished the season ranked second on the team with 95 tackles.



In his final season with the Redbirds, Ericksen started all 13 games at free safety, and he currently ranks No. 4 in the country in interceptions per game. An All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First-Team selection, he ranked sixth on the team with 67 tackles, one sack and 3.5 tackles-for-loss to go along with his team and league-leading seven interceptions. The Greendale, Wis., native recorded a season-best 12 tackles in the team's second-round playoff victory at Appalachian State, and he was named the national and MVFC Defensive Player of the Week, after intercepting two passes and finishing with four tackles in a win at FBS Eastern Michigan on Sept. 8.

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