DAVIS, Calif. - Junior organizational studies major Keelan Doss’ All-America award list continues to expand as the academic year progresses once the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced its All-America selections.
When that took place, Doss earned his seventh accolade, and added the WCFF to a list of organizations that started with the Associated Press, continued with the FCS Athletic Directors Association, STATS FCS, American Football Coaches Association, and welcomed HERO Sports and College Sports Madness in recent days.
STATS FCS is the same organization hosting the FCS’ yeas-end awards banquet, which will take place in Frisco, Texas, the night before the national championship. It is this event where Doss, and two other candidates, will find out who a national panel of 151 individuals selected for this year’s Walter Payton Award, which is bestowed to the most outstanding offensive player in the nation.\
The attention-grabbing stats that led to Doss’ Walter Payton nomination led to his extensive list of All-America awards. When the Aggies’ season ended, he led all FBS and FCS players in the nation with 1,499 receiving yards, 136.3 receiving yards per game and 10.5 receptions per game.
The Big Sky’s Offensive Player of the Year set three new all-time single-season program records with his receiving yards total, 115 receptions and nine 100-yard games. By finishing with 15 receptions for 208 yards against Eastern Washington, Doss also set another two program records.
The Alameda, Calif., native is a key reason why the Aggies ended the season, for the first time in program history, with the league’s top offense.
In all, players from 11 different conferences and 21 institutions are represented on the 2017 Walter Camp FCS All-America team.
The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Football Championship Subdivision schools and certified by the accounting and auditing firm, Marcum LLP.
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 11 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 annually an All-America team. Visit www.waltercamp.org for more information.