Headlining the InstantScouting 2017 Top Football Championship Subdivision Senior Wide Receiver & Tight Ends List is the reigning Walter Payton Award winner of Sam Houston State University.South Dakota State Tight End Dallas Goedert.
A first-team honoree on the 2016 STATS FCS All-America Team, Goedert recorded a school-record 92 receptions for 1,293 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. The Britton native topped the 100-yard mark for receiving in seven consecutive games in 2016.
Position, Name, Class, School, Hometown, Ht & Wt
WR Jake Wieneke, Senior, South Dakota State, Maple Grove, Minnesota, 6’4, 215 lbs
Earned all-Missouri Valley Football Conference?and All-America honors for third season in a row … led team and league in receiving yards (1,316), while ranking second on team in receptions (78) … matched his own school record with 16 touchdown receptions … topped 100-yard mark for receiving in eight games, starting with eight-catch, 196-yard and two-touchdown performance in season opener at TCU
WR Gatlin Casey, Senior, Lehigh, Navarre, Florida, 6’3, 195 lbs
Breakout season culminated with first team All-Patriot League honors… honorable mention ECAC All-Star… started all 12 games and served as Lehigh’s primary kickoff returner… led Lehigh with 14 touchdown receptions and 18.3 yards per catch average… all 14 touchdown receptions came during Lehigh’s nine-game winning streak.
WR Yedidiah Louis, Senior, Sam Houston State, New Orleans, Louisiana, 5’8, 180 lbs
Southland Offensive Player of the Year … First Team All-Southland Conference wide receiver … became the seventh 1,000-yard receiver in Sam Houston history with the performance vs Chattanooga in the FCS Playoffs second round, also taking over the top spot at Sam Houston in career receptions … led the Southland Conference in receptions (76), receiving yards (1,152), and receiving touchdowns (14) … HERO Sports second team all-America.
WR Patrick Smith, Senior, Tennessee State, Memphis, Tennessee, 6’0, 190 lbs
Led the team in receptions (61), yards (966) and touchdowns (13) while starting all 11 games at wide receiver… Tied for second most touchdowns, was seventh best in receptions and ninth best in yardage in a single season at TSU… Caught a scoring pass in nine of 11 games and had four multi-scoring games.
WR Troy Pelletier, Senior, Lehigh, Deerfield, New Hampshire, 6’3, 205 lbs
Earned third team All-America honors from the Associated Press and STATS… first team All-Patriot League… one of 25 finalists for Walter Payton Award… first team ECAC All-Star… led Patriot League in receptions and receiving yards… had three double-digit reception games and seven 100-yard receiving games.
WR Jordon Gandy, Senior, Murray State, Athens, Georgia 6’4, 210 lbs
In his Junior season recorded 976 yards and 11 touchdowns on 62 catches earning First-Team All-OVC selection.
WR Hakeem Deggs, Senior, Northern Colorado, Plaquemine, Louisiana, 5’7, 157 lbs
Deggs had another outstanding season for the Bears in 2016 as the team’s best and most reliable wide receiver. Deggs accumulated 10 touchdowns in 11 games and finished the year with 449 yards. His best performance came in the last game of the season. Deggs put up 3 receiving touchdowns and 128 yards receiving against Cal Poly. Deggs also was a reliable kick returner in 2016 for the Bears and in ten games returning kicks, he recorded 563 return yards. His best return came against NAU for 45 yards.
WR Reggie White Jr., Senior, Monmouth, Randallstown, Maryland, 6’3, 210 lbs
White took a significant step forward last fall as a redshirt sophomore, leading Monmouth in receptions (69), yards (934, yards per catch (13.5), touchdowns (7) and yards per game (84.9). White is moving up the record book in several categories. He enters the fall eighth all-time in receptions (104), seventh in yardage (1,366) and tied for sixth in touchdowns with 12.
WR Dontez Byrd, Senior, Tennessee Tech, Louisville, Kentucky, 5’11, 180 lbs
Byrd had an amazing first season with the Golden Eagles, breaking school records and making his name as one of the best wide receivers ever at Tech in just his first season. Byrd ended 2016 with a school-record 933 yards on 74 receptions. He caught seven touchdown passes and averaged 84.8 receiving yards a game. Byrd was also a threat on the return game, taking a kickoff back 100 yards against Mercer for a touchdown. Byrd averaged 26.3 yards per kick return as he tallied 658 yards on 25 returns. He could also run the ball when needed, rushing 10 times for 21 yards and a touchdown.
After recording the kickoff return TD at Mercer, Byrd was named the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week as well as the Ohio Valley Conference Specialist of the Week. At the end of the season, Byrd was named to the All-OVC second team on offense and to the league’s All-Newcomer Team.
TE Dallas Goedert, Senior, South Dakota State, Britton, South Dakota, 6’4, 260 lbs
Was a unanimous All-America selection and finalist for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award after setting Jackrabbit single-season record with 92 receptions … his 1,293 receiving yards were the fifth most in a season by a Jackrabbit player and the most by a tight end.
TE Dylan Wadsworth, Senior, Lafayette, Greenwich, Connecticut, 6’3, 245 lbs
All-Patriot League First-Team selection…started every game…finished season with 42 receptions for 591 yards and two touchdowns…averaged 14.1 yards per reception…had at least two catches in every game and managed seven games with four or more catches.
TE Ryan Bell, Senior, Villanova, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, 6’3, 230 lbs
Ryan Bell was third team all-conference selection and 2016 CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team.
TE Ross Dwelley, Senior, San Diego, El Dorado Hills, California, 6’5, 240 lbs
Returns for third season and will once again start on offense at tight end… In 2015 named All-PFL Second Team and University of San Diego’s Most Improved Offensive Player… Led all Torero receivers with 54 receptions for 580 yards (10.7 ave.) and 3 TDs.
TE Andrew Vollert, Senior, Weber State, San Mateo, California, 6’5, 245 lbs
After transferring to Weber State, he played in all 12 games at tight end and earned All-American honors…Was named to the STATS FCS All-America Third Team and the Associated Press All-America Third Team…Was also named Newcomer of the Year in the Big Sky Conference and earned First Team All-Big Sky honors…Became just the fourth player in Weber State history to be named Big Sky Newcomer of the Year…Led the Wildcats in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns during the season, helping Weber State to a 7-5 record, a third place finish in the Big Sky and a trip to the FCS Playoffs…Totaled 62 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns…Finished ninth in the Big Sky in receptions per game at 5.2 and was ninth in receiving yards at 70 per game…Had at least two receptions in all 12 games this season and had at least five catches in nine games.
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