December 7, 2012

Brown’s AJ Cruz Named AFCA First Team All-American

Providence, R.I. - Brown senior cornerback AJ Cruz, (Lake Forest, CA) a finalist for the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year award, has been named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coaches FCS All-America team, earning First Team All-American honors.

 

A three-time First Team All-Ivy selection, Cruz is one of 41 players in Ivy League football history to have been selected First Team All-Ivy three times, and the tenth Brown player to be named First Team All-Ivy three times. He was also a second team All-Ivy selection as a freshman and earned All-Ivy honors as a return specialist in 2012.

 

Known as an exceptional cover corner, Cruz intercepted 12 passes throughout his Brown career, fourth best in Brown football history. He ranked second on the team in 2012 with 71 total tackles, and intercepted four passes, second best in the Ivy League. He had 10 tackles against both Harvard and Dartmouth, and nine tackles vs. both Penn and Princeton.  Cruz intercepted two passes in Brown's shutout win over Yale and had one each against Holy Cross and Cornell.

 

Cruz also returned punts and kickoffs, and earned Second Team All-Ivy honors as a return specialist.  He ranks sixth all-time at Brown with 929 career kickoff return yards. Cruz helped lead Brown to a 7-3 mark in 2012; the Bears fifth straight winning record.


2012 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America Team
Offense

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Coach

Hometown (High School)

WR

Aaron Mellette

6-4

220

Sr.

Elon

Jason Swepson

Sanford, N.C. (Southern Lee)

WR

Erik Lora

5-10

181

Jr.

Eastern Illinois

Dino Babers

Miami, Fla. (Columbus)

TE

Kyle Juszczyk

6-3

245

Sr.

Harvard

Tim Murphy

Medina, Ohio (Cloverleaf)

OL

Earl Watford

6-4

295

Sr.

James Madison

Mickey Matthews

Philadelphia, Pa. (Simon Gratz)

OL

Terren Jones

6-7

320

Sr.

Alabama St.

Reggie Barlow

Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (Choctaw)

C

Mike Sellers

6-0

290

Jr.

Citadel

Kevin Higgins

Summerville, S.C. (Fort Dorchester)

OL

Randy Richards

6-4

310

Sr.

Missouri St.

Terry Allen

Royal Palm Beach, Fla. (Royal Palm Beach)

OL

Will Post

6-6

295

Sr.

Eastern Washington

Beau Baldwin

Portland, Ore. (Southridge)

QB

DeNarius McGhee

6-0

210

Jr.

Montana St.

Rob Ash

Euless, Texas (Trinity)

RB

Miguel Maysonet

5-10

210

Sr.

Stony Brook

Chuck Priore

Riverhead, N.Y. (Riverhead)

RB

Zach Zenner

6-0

215

So.

South Dakota St.

John Stiegelmeier

Eagan, Minn. (Eagan)

Defense

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Coach

Hometown (High School)

DL

Caraun Reid

6-2

305

Sr.

Princeton

Bob Surace

Bronx, N.Y. (Mount St. Michael)

DL

Davis Tull

6-3

230

So.

Tennessee-Chattanooga

Russ Huesman

Knoxville, Tenn. (Bearden)

DL

Brandon Thurmond

6-2

260

Sr.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Monte Coleman

Augusta, Ga. (Laney)

DL

Kenneth Boatright

6-4

253

Sr.

Southern Illinois

Dale Lennon

Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook)

LB

Matt Evans

6-0

228

Sr.

New Hampshire

Sean McDonnell

Hanover, Mass. (Thayer Academy)

LB

Robert McCabe

6-2

234

Sr.

Georgetown (D.C.)

Kevin Kelly

Newtown Square, Pa. (Malvern Prep)

LB

Jody Owens

6-0

223

Sr.

Montana St.

Rob Ash

Mesquite, Texas (Horn)

DB

AJ Cruz

5-9

190

Sr.

Brown

Phil Estes

Lake Forest, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic)

DB

Kejuan Riley

6-1

208

Sr.

Alabama St.

Reggie Barlow

Wetumpka, Ala. (Wetumpka)

DB

Marcus Williams

5-11

194

Jr.

North Dakota St.

Craig Bohl

Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins)

DB

Darnell Taylor*

6-0

195

Sr.

Sam Houston St.

Willie Fritz

Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite)


Specialists

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Coach

Hometown (High School)

P

Bobby Wenzig

6-2

180

Jr.

Alabama St.

Reggie Barlow

San Diego, Calif. (Westview)

PK

Patrick Murray

5-7

182

Sr.

Fordham

Joe Moorhead

Mahwah, N.J. (Don Bosco Prep)

AP

Carlos Anderson

5-8

172

Sr.

Northern Iowa

Mark Farley

Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)

*-2011 All-American

Team Background: The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. The five teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively. In 2006, the AFCA started selecting an NAIA-only team.

From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997, a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006.