NEW YORK (AP) - Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh went from short-yardage specialist in the preseason to starting tailback on opening day to All-American when his redshirt freshman season was finished.
Quiteh, who led Division II with 2,015 yards rushing, and Central Missouri quarterback Eric Czerniewski, who passed for more than 5,000 yards, were selected to the Associated Press Little All-America team, honoring the top players from Divisions II and III and the NAIA.
Quiteh also led the nation with 22 touchdowns, while Czerniewski (Montgomery County High School) was tops in all of college football with 5,207 yards passing and 46 touchdown throws.
Minnesota-Duluth linebacker Kiel Fechtelkotter heads the first-team defense. The senior will lead the Bulldogs into the Division II national title game on Saturday against Delta State.
Wide receiver Cecil Shorts of Division III powerhouse Mount Union made the All-America team as an all-purpose player. The Purple Raiders play Wisconsin-Whitewater for the sixth straight year in the Division III national championship game Saturday.
Joining Quiteh and Czerniewski in the Little All-American backfield was Michigan Tech's Phil Milbrath. Czerniewski's top target, Jamorris Warren, was one of the All-American wide receivers, along with Fred Williams from St. Cloud State.
Ryan Travis from West Liberty, who led Division II in yards (140.20) and catches (12.6) per game, was the tight end.
Slippery Rock tackle Brandon Fusco, a senior who won the Gene Upshaw Award as the top linemen in Division II, leads the offensive line. He was joined by Cameron Bradfield of Grand Valley State, Brett Grozinger of Northwest Missouri State, Trevis Turner of Abilene Christian, and Koby Parker of Division III Hardin-Simmons.
The defensive line featured Matt Hoffman of Rowan, the only defensive player to be a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy given to D-III's top player. Hoffman had 211â„2 tackles for loss.
He was joined on the defensive line by Division II standouts Derrin Nettles of Morehouse College, Marc Schiechl of Colorado School of Mines, and Malcolm Jenkins of Elizabeth City State.
Larry Dean of Valdosta State and Matt Wenger of Division III North Central of Illinois joined Fechtelkotter at linebacker.
The secondary featured Valdosta State's Stevie Harden, who returned four of his eight interceptions for touchdowns, and Trinity's Henry Melendez, who led Division III in interceptions with 1.13 per game.
Ryan Jones of Northwest Missouri State and Caleb Singleton of Western Oregon were the other defensive backs. The punter was Ronnie Partridge of Stillman and the kicker was Steve Ivanisevic of Washburn.