FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- North Dakota State running back Bruce Anderson earned his first All-America honor as one of five Bison players named to the 2017 HERO Sports FCS All-America Team, and linebacker Jabril Cox was named to the Freshman All-America Team.
NDSU senior right guard Austin Kuhnert, senior linebacker Nick DeLuca and senior long snapper James Fisher were named to the All-America first team, and senior free safety Tre Dempsey joined Anderson on the second team.
Anderson, a junior from Ruskin, Fla., has rushed for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Bison this season averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He had two of his four 100-yard games in the FCS playoffs including a career-high 183 yards and five total TDs in the semifinal win over Sam Houston State.
Cox, a freshman from Kansas City, Mo., finished sixth in the voting for the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award and was the second-leading defensive player in the voting. He leads the Bison with 72 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss.
No. 2 seed North Dakota State (13-1) advanced to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game for the sixth time in seven years and will face top-seeded defending national champion James Madison (14-0) at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6.
2017 HERO SPORTS FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM
QB Chris Streveler South Dakota Sr.
QB Jeremiah Briscoe Sam Houston State Sr.
RB Dominick Bragalone Lehigh Jr.
RB Josh Mack Maine So.
OL Aaron Stinnie James Madison Sr.
OL Brandon Parker N.C. A&T Sr.
OL Austin Kuhnert North Dakota State Sr.
OL Jacob Ohnesorge South Dakota State Sr.
OL Justin Lea Jacksonville State Sr.
OL Skyler Phillips Idaho State Sr.
WR Keelan Doss UC Davis Jr.
WR Jaelon Acklin Western Illinois Sr.
WR Nathan Stewart Sam Houston State So.
TE Dallas Goedert South Dakota State Sr.
AP Davion Davis Sam Houston State Jr.
DL Andrew Ankrah James Madison Sr.
DL Darius Jackson Jacksonville State Sr.
DL P.J. Hall Sam Houston State Sr.
DL Anthony Ellis Charleston Southern Sr.
LB Darius Leonard S.C. State Sr.
LB Nick DeLuca North Dakota State Sr.
LB Brett Taylor Western Illinois Sr.
LB Garrett Dolan Houston Baptist Sr.
DB Taron Johnson Weber State Sr.
DB Mike Basile Monmouth Sr.
DB Davontae Harris Illinois State Sr.
DB Jordan Brown James Madison Sr.
AP Detrez Newsome Western Carolina Sr.
FIRST-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Chase Vinatieri South Dakota State So.
P Joe Zema Incarnate Word Sr.
RS Xequille Harry Weber State Sr.
RS Kyran Moore Austin Peay Sr.
LS James Fisher North Dakota State Sr.
ST Brady May Weber State Jr.
QB Kyle Lauletta Richmond Sr.
QB Devlin Hodges Samford
RB Roc Thomas Jacksonville State Sr.
RB Bruce Anderson North Dakota State Jr.
OL Timon Parris Stony Brook Sr.
OL Stetson Dagel South Dakota Sr.
OL Matthew Schmidt Furman Sr.
OL John Cook Central Arkansas Jr.
OL Daniel Cooney San Diego Jr.
OL Maea Teuhema Southeastern Louisiana Jr.
WR Troy Pelletier Lehigh Sr.
WR Kelvin McKnight Samford
WR Neil O’Connor New Hampshire Jr.
TE Andy Schumpert Furman Sr.
AP Chandler Burks Kennesaw State Jr.
DL Jonathan Petersen San Diego Sr.
DL Darin Greenfield South Dakota So.
DL Bilal Nichols Delaware Sr.
DL Dalton Keene Illinois State Sr.
LB Jared Farley Northern Iowa Sr.
LB Christian Rozeboom South Dakota State So.
LB Sione Teuhema Southeastern Louisiana Sr.
LB Michael Needham Southern Utah Sr.
DB D’Montre Wade Murray State Sr.
DB Marlon Bridges Jacksonville State So.
DB Tre Dempsey North Dakota State Sr.
DB George Odum Central Arkansas Sr.
DB Raven Greene James Madison Sr.
AP John Santiago North Dakota Jr.
SECOND-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Lorran Fonseca Nicholls Jr.
P Keith Wrzuszczak Eastern Kentucky Sr.
RS Justice Shelton-Mosley Harvard Jr.
RS Desmond Hite Incarnate Word So.
RS Khris Gardin N.C. A&T Jr.
LS Hunter Winstead Liberty Sr.
ST Mozai Nelson Maine Jr.
QB Brad Mayes Lehigh Jr.
QB Hayden Hildebrand Central Arkansas Sr.
RB Marquell Cartwright N.C. A&T Jr.
RB Tevin McCaster Youngstown State Jr.
OL David Reese Montana Sr.
OL Brody Kern Delaware Sr.
OL Jacob Judd Western Illinois Sr.
OL Justin Spencer Youngstown State Sr.
OL Dylan Cline Jacksonville State Sr.
OL Ben Huss Duquesne Sr.
WR Jesper Horsted Princeton Sr.
WR Elijah Marks Northern Arizona Sr.
WR Justin Watson Penn Sr.
WR Dontez Byrd Tennessee Tech Sr.
TE Andrew Vollert Weber State Sr.
AP De'Lance Turner Alcorn State Sr.
DL Jaison Williams Austin Peay So.
DL Ahmad Gooden Samford
DL Chris Stewart Sam Houston State Jr.
DL Chris Terrell Central Arkansas So.
LB Brandon Bryant Lafayette Sr.
LB De'Arius Christmas Grambling State Jr.
LB Jalyn Williams Prairie View A&M Sr.
LB Josh Buss Montana Jr.
LB Kyre Hawkins James Madison Sr.
DB Rashad Robinson James Madison Jr.
DB Taylor Henkle Kennesaw State Jr.
DB Elijah Campbell Northern Iowa Sr.
DB Tremon Smith Central Arkansas Sr.
AP Malik Duncan Saint Francis Jr.
THIRD-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Lane Clark Tennessee State Sr.
P Ian Berryman Western Carolina Jr.
RS Rashid Shaheed Weber State Fr.
RS Juwan Petit-Frere Southeastern Louisiana So.
LS Brandon Godsey South Dakota Sr.
ST Isaiah White Stony Brook Jr.
2017 HERO SPORTS FCS FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICANS
QB Gresch Jensen Montana
QB Davis Cheek Elon
RB Zane Dudek Yale
RB Kierre Crossley Central Arkansas
RB Pete Guerriero Monmouth
OL Connor Mignone Central Connecticut
OL Reed Kroeber Furman
OL Tyler Downs Weber State
OL Drew Himmelman Illinois State
OL Tyler Ciurej South Dakota
WR Kortez Weeks Elon
WR Landen Measom Southern Utah
TE Adam Trautman Dayton
AP Jeremiah Oatsvall Austin Peay
AP Caylin Newton Howard
DL Colby Ritten Richmond
DL Anthony Knighton Southern Illinois
DL Nathan Schultz South Dakota
LB Bryson Armstrong Kennesaw State
LB Jabril Cox North Dakota State
LB Colby Reeder Delaware
LB Glenn Cunningham Fordham
DB Franklin (Mac) McCain III N.C. A&T
DB Xavior Williams Northern Iowa
DB Phillip Powell South Dakota
DB JJ Henderson Stetson
AP Troy Andersen Montana State
P Harry O’Kelly James Madison
PK Trey Tuttle Weber State
RS Terrell Kennedy Jackson State
RS Rashid Shaheed Weber State
RS Cade Johnson South Dakota State
ST Anfernee Gurley Eastern Washington