Mellette is All-American times three

Southern Lee, Elon WR wins AP All-American spot for third straight year
Dec. 12, 2012 @ 06:33 PM

Former Southern Lee star athlete Aaron Mellette has earned three All-American team honors within the last week for the senior season of his illustrious football career with Elon.

On Wednesday, Mellette was named First Team All-American by the Associated Press, going along with first-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association and The Sports Network/Fathead.com.

Mellette has earned first-team AP All-American honors three consecutive seasons.

This season, Mellette caught 18 touchdown receptions, putting him tied for second for the single-season touchdown record in Southern Conference history, one touchdown catch behind Marshall's Randy Moss.

While finishing eighth place in the Walter Payton Award voting, for the best player in the Football Championship Subdivision (Div. 1-AA), Mellette totaled 97 receptions for 1,398 yards. He had career-highs of 237 yards and three touchdowns against Appalachian St. in October.

For his career, the former Cavalier is second all-time in Southern Conference and Elon record books with 304 receptions, 4,254 yards, 44 receiving touchdowns and 23 100-yard receiving games.

Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois is aside Mellette as the first-team wide receivers.

The three Walter Payton Award finalists are on the AP's first team: Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke, Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein and Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet.

Mellette, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound receiver, will be the first Phoenix athlete to play in the Senior Bowl coming up in Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 26. The Senior Bowl will be broadcast live on the NFL Network.