JMU roundup: Robertson lands All-America honor
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HARRISONBURG — James Madison University redshirt-senior linebacker Stephon Robertson was recognized Tuesday on the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) All-America List, the organization announced.
The inaugural class was announced by the organization on Tuesday and includes players from nine different institutions, representing five different conferences and recognized the top player in the country at each position. A national panel consisting of media and communications personnel conducted the voting.
Most recently, Robertson was named as runner up for the Buck Buchanan Award for the nation’s top defensive player and last week was honored as the Dudley Award winner given to the best Division I football player in Virginia.
The two-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-CAA selection, Robertson finished his senior season with 141 total tackles, including 52 solos, 17.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and five pass breakups, leading the league in total tackles and tackles for loss. One of the top candidates for the Buck Buchanan Award after finishing second among underclassmen and eighth overall in last year’s ballot, Robertson currently is third in the FCS with 11.8 tackles per game and 17th in tackles for loss (1.4 per game).
A three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Week this season, Robertson recorded a league season-high 5.0 tackles for loss at William and Mary and had double-digit stops in nine of 12 games played while leading the Dukes in tackling in eight of them. Before the season he was named a Sports Network First Team Preseason All-American in 2013 and the 2013 Preseason CAA Defensive Player of the Year.
Of the 11 student-athletes named to the team, a national Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year will be announced at a later date and recognized at the National Championship Game in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 4 during an on-field presentation.