Six Ohio Valley Conference players have been named to the 2010 Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-American Team as announced on Wednesday.
The six selections were two more than were picked to the AP team a season ago. The selections included two players on the first-team, two on the second-team and two on the third-team.
The first-team selections were Jacksonville State senior offensive lineman Curt Porter and Tennessee State senior safety Eugene Clifford. The second-team selections were Southeast Missouri State senior running back Henry Harris and Murray State senior wide receiver Marcus Harris. The third-team selections were Southeast Missouri State senior offensive lineman Sean Middleton and Eastern Kentucky senior defensive lineman Andrew Soucy.
Porter, a native of Fayette, Ala., was a first-team selection at offensive line. He was named first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference last month after leading the Gamecocks to a 9-3 record and into the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Porter graded out at 92 percent for the season, and led the team with 81 knockdowns from his offensive tackle position. The senior led the offensive line with 761 snaps, 24 pancakes and finished with 293 bonus points. He was also one of the captains on the 2010 Gamecock team.
Clifford, who was named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-America Team on Tuesday, earned his third All-OVC team selection since arriving at TSU in 2008 this season. In his senior season he finished with 83 tackles, four interceptions, 10 pass breakups and 14 pass deflections in 11 games (that ranked him 10th nationally in passes defended at 1.27/game). Clifford, a finalist for the Sports Network's Buck Buchanan Award (given to the top defensive players in the FCS), recorded 204 tackles (120 solo), nine interceptions, 26 passes defended, 35 pass breakups, four fumbles recovered, three forced fumbles and 272 All-Purpose yards (197 interception return yards) in his collegiate career.
Harris, the Ohio Valley Conference's Offensive Player of the Year and a Walter Camp Foundation All-American as well this season, earned his first career All-America honor after rushing for a Southeast single-season record 1,735 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Harris rushed for over 100 yards in 10 of his 12 starts, including a FCS single-game high 293 yards vs. Southwest Baptist (Nov. 6). Harris led Southeast Missouri to its first-ever OVC Championship and playoff appearance in 2010, as the Redhawks were 9-3 overall and 7-1 in the OVC.
Harris, a native of North St. Louis, Mo., put together one of the finest single-season performances in school history, as he hauled in 84 passes for 1,057 yards and nine touchdowns. He did all this despite missing two games with an injury. Harris led the FCS in receptions per game (9.33), and ranked second in yards per game (117.4). In just nine games, Harris ranks second on the single-season list for receptions and tied for second in yards. He also tied for fourth on single-season touchdown list, while putting his name in a tie at the top of the list with five 100-yard performances. Against Missouri State he put together one of the best single-game performances as he caught nine passes in the game, covering 213 yards, while setting a school and Ohio Valley Conference record with five touchdowns. Harris closed out his remarkable MSU career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (216) and yards (2,471), while ranking second in touchdowns (21). His 216 receptions also rank second on the all-time OVC list.
Middleton was part of an offensive line at Southeast Missouri that had four first-team All-OVC selections this season, only the second time in league history (and first since 1956) that had happened. The center on that line, Middleton helped lead a Redhawk offense which ranked nationally in sacks allowed (1st, 0.50/game), least yards penalized per game (8th, 37.92 ypg), third down conversion percentage (6th, 47.34%), rushing (3rd, 265.08 ypg) and fourth down conversion percentage (3rd, 72.2%).
Soucy was the leader of an EKU defensive front that led the OVC in rush defense by only surrendering 125.5 yards per game on the ground. The Canton, Ga., native started all 11 games of the season and was a dominant force as he racked up 28 tackles (9.5 for loss), four sacks, three quarterback hits, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. A first-team All-OVC selection in both 2009 and 2010, Soucy played in 46 games during his Colonel career while compiling 121 tackles, nine sacks, six blocked kicks, three fumble recoveries and one interception. He posted a personal-high eight tackles in the win over UT Martin in 2009.
2010 Associated Press All-Americans from the OVC
OL - Curt Porter, Jacksonville State (1st Team)
DB - Eugene Clifford, Tennessee State (1st)
RB - Henry Harris, Southeast Missouri (2nd)
WR - Marcus Harris, Murray State (2nd)
OL - Sean Middleton, Southeast Missouri (3rd)
DL - Andrew Soucy, Eastern Kentucky (3rd)