Noah Spence picks up third All-America honor

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University defensive end Noah Spence earned his third All-America honor of the week when he was named to Walter Camp’s 2015 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team on Friday.

The Walter Camp organization picks just one FCS All-America team. Spence was one of four defensive linemen selected.

Earlier this week, Spence was chosen first team All-America by STATS and the Associated Press.

Spence announced last week that he will forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2016 National Football League (NFL) draft. He finished fourth in voting for the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year Award, was chosen as the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and selected to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl in January.

The 6-foot-3 defensive end made an immediate impact after transferring from Ohio State. He finished the season ranked fourth nationally in tackles for a loss (2.0/game), fifth in sacks (1.05/game) and 22nd in forced fumbles per game (0.27).

Overall the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native had 22.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks, the fourth-most in EKU single-season history. He also contributed 63 tackles (31 solo), 15 quarterback hurries, forced three fumbles and recovered two fumbles. He had at least one sack in nine of 11 games including 2.5 combined in two games against FBS opponents. His play up front, which included seeing numerous double teams, helped EKU rank 15th nationally in rush defense (111.8 yards per game allowed).

Spence, a redshirt junior, earned his degree on Dec. 11.

EKU has had 14 players selected as All-Americans in the last 11 seasons. Spence is Eastern Kentucky’s first, first team All-American since offensive lineman Derek Hardman was chosen first team by the Associated Press in 2009.

Walter Camp, “The Father of American Football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions.



 
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