Two football players from Central Kentucky were named NAIA All-Americans on Tuesday.
Quan Weaver, a University of Pikeville sophomore from Frankfort High School, was named a first-team running back on the annual squads chosen by the American Football Coaches Association.
Jacob Russell, a Campbellsville University senior quarterback from Anderson County High School, was named to the second team. Russell, who previously played football at Eastern Kentucky University and football and baseball at the University of Kentucky, was also named the National Christian College Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday.
Aaron Cooper, a junior linebacker at Kentucky Christian from Mayfield, joined Weaver on the first team. Wendall Williams, a senior all-purpose player for Cumberlands, made the second team.
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Weaver became just the third player in UPike history to earn AFCA All-America honors and was one of only two sophomores named to the first team along with 14 seniors and nine juniors. He rushed for a school-record 1,566 yards in 2015, the most in the NAIA regular season this year. Weaver also broke Pikeville single-season records for points (96), touchdowns (16), rushing touchdowns (15), 100-yard rushing games (nine) and rushing yards per game (142.4). The Bears finished 4-7 in 2015.
Russell finished his senior season by ranking in the top six nationally in five offensive categories. He led the nation with 3,676 yards passing in leading Campbellsville to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the NAIA playoffs. Russell threw 38 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions. He shattered every passing record in Campbellsville history.
Tyus Alcorn, a sophomore wide receiver from Bryan Station, was also named to the NCCAA first team after breaking Campbellsville’s records for most TD receptions in a season (19) and in one game (four).