Five Camels named preseason All-American by USA College Football

Jul. 18, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Five Campbell football players, including Dalton Brown and Matt Farris taking second team honors, have been named preseason All-American by USA College Football.

Brown was named second team offensive line while Farris joined him on the second team at linebacker.

Three Camels were also named to the USA Football third team with Will Sawyer on the offensive line, Ugonna Awuruonye on the defensive line and Adam Lutz at punter.

Brown and Sawyer anchored the Campbell offensive line in 2013, also picking up All-Pioneer Football League honorable mention nods last season. The pair helped CU rank second in the PFL in rushing offense at 233.2 yards per game, including a school record 513 yards in a win over Virginia-Wise. Behind Brown and Sawyer, the Camels set 21 offense team records, including yards rushing (2,565) and passing (2,276). The two started all 12 games. Sawyer was a PFL Academic Honor Roll member.

Farris was also an honorable mention All-PFL linebacker last season, leading Campbell in tackles with 77. He added 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble. He tied a school record with 14 tackles against Charleston Southern.

Farris, a Greensboro native and redshirt senior, was also a PFL Academic Honor Roll member and was tabbed third team all-PFL by College Sports Madness.

Awuruonye, a transfer from Towson, was an All-PFL honorable mention in his first season with the Camels. The Charlotte native tallied a school record for most yards from tackles for loss (83) and picked up the second most tackles for loss (14.0) and sacks (7.0) in a single season despite playing in eight games. The redshirt sophomore led the PFL in tackle for loss and stops by a defensive lineman.

Awuruonye was named the PFL Defensive Player of the Week following the Camels’ final game of the season, making a team-high nine tackles with two for loss and forced a fumble in a 47-14 win at Davidson. He was also named PFL Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness twice and picked up CFPA honorable mention accolades twice.

A Second Team All-PFL member in 2012, Lutz was an honorable mention recipient in 2013. Lutz posted a 41.7 yard per punt average in 2013, ranking second in the PFL. The junior pinned 10 punts inside the 20 and seven for more than 50 yards. Lutz also forced 18 fair catches and booted a long of 68 yards.

Lutz, a Waxhaw native, was an Academic All-PFL First Team recipient last season in addition to earning PFL Academic Honor Roll, third team all-PFL by College Sports Madness and CFPA honorable mention weekly plaudits three times.

The Camels went 3-9 overall in 2013, Mike Minter's first season as head coach.