Duncan, Baker lauded with preseason Beyond Sports Network All-America honors

Duncan celebrates after nailing his 54-yard field goal against Tusculum

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman kicker Curt Duncan (Morristown, Tenn.) and running back Brandon Baker (Miami, Fla.) have been tabbed as first team and third team Beyond Sports Network All-Americans, respectively.

Duncan was a BSN and CoSIDA Academic All-American last year.  A first team all-SAC and all-region selection and four-time SAC player of the Week in 2012,  Duncan was tops for Carson-Newman in scoring, leading the team with 102 points.  That tally set a record for the most points scored in a season by a kicker in school history. 

Duncan broke a 14-year-old record set in 1998 by Ryan Fleming, who scored 92 points in that season. He connected on 14 of his 15 field goals and all 60 of his extra points.  The 54-yard field goal he blasted against Tusculum (11/3) as time expired in the first half was the longest in school history.  

He also became the first C-N kicker to make four field goals in a game for the first time since 1984 – he accomplished that feat twice in 2012, against Lenoir-Rhyne (9/15) and in the quarterfinals of the DII playoffs against Valdosta State (12/1).  Duncan also set the single game scoring record for a kicker against L-R with 17 points (four field goals, five extra points).

Baker earned Don Hansen All-America honors at the end of 2012. A two-time SAC offensive player of the week. Baker's 1,468-yard rushing season marked the third best year for an Eagle on the ground in Carson-Newman history.  Only Buck Wakefield (1,515 yards in 2009) and Kenneth Tyson (1,867 yards in 1987) rank in front of Baker's season.  

Baker finished the year with 122 yards per game – tops in the SAC and 17th best nationally. Baker's 8.25 yards a carry were the best in the nation for anyone with more than 100 carries in 2012.  He's also the first C-N back this century to rush for more than eight yards a carry with more than 100 carries in a season.  

Baker finished the year with four straight games with more than 140 yards on the ground.  The junior has 2,452 yards for his career – 1,704 away from Robert Thomas' (1988-1991) career record of 4,156.

Carson-Newman is the only school in the SAC with multiple players on the BSN All-America teams.  Duncan is the only SAC player on the first team. 

Lenoir-Rhyne's Tanner Botts and Mars Hill's Troy Harris made the second team defense.  Catawba kick returner LJ McCray was a third team selection. 

The Eagles open the season Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. against Wayne State. 

 

1st Team

       
           
           

Pos

Name

College

YR

HT

WT

QB

Zach Zulli

Shippensburg

SR

6020

188

QB

Kevin Rogers

Henderson State

JR

6030

215

RB

Franklyn Quiteh

Bloomsburg

SR

5100

203

RB

Nick Ricciardulli

Humboldt State

SR

5080

190

FB

Romo Westbrook

Harding

JR

5090

195

Ath

Rondell White

West Chester

SR

5090

180

WR

Jeff Janis

Saginaw Valley

SR

6030

205

WR

Gerald Ford

Valdosta State

SR

6030

220

WR

Lemar Durant

Simon Fraser

JR

6020

226

WR

Eli Shoemaker 

St. Cloud St.

SR

6000

193

TE

Jamal Kett

Simon Fraser

SO

6050

234

OT

Cody Holland

Pittsburg State

SR

6060

334

OG

Brian Clarke

Bloomsburg

SR

6030

290

OC

Richard Lilla

Winona State

SR

6020

290

OG

Andrew Essman

Minnesota State

SR

6020

305

OT

RJ Taylor

Henderson State

SR

6000

280

           

DE

Ethan Westbrooks

West Texas A&M

SR

6040

275

DE

Zach Moore

Concordia St. Paul

SR

6060

282

DT

Jamie Meder

Ashland

SR

6020

304

DE

TJ Batchelor

Chowan

SR

6000

230

LB

Leron Furr

Fort Valley State

SR

6030

233

LB

Jake Lilly

Concord

SR

5110

200

LB

Tyler Zimmer

Seton Hill

JR

6020

235

LB

Stan Langlow

Central Washington

SR

6030

216

CB

Jack Moro

St. Cloud State

SR

5110

190

CB

Riyad Richardson

Concord

SR

5100

180

S

Marco Ricchetti

West Liberty

SR

6030

200

S

Dexter Moody

Albany State

JR

6030

200

           

PK

Curt Duncan

Carson Newman

SR

5110

185

PK

Segio Castillo

West Texas A&M

SR

5110

195

P

Kyle Goodburn

Northwest Missouri

JR

6000

180

LS

Randall Arbuckle

Midwestern State

SR

6010

225

KR

Israel Valentin

Henderson State

JR

5090

185

PR

Thomas Cook

William Jewell

SO

5110

187

           
           
 
       

2nd Team

       
           
           

Pos

Name

College

YR

HT

WT

QB

Dustin Vaughan

West Texas A&M

SR

6050

220

QB

Travis Partridge

Missouri Western

SR

6040

230

RB

Keidrick Jackson

Midwestern State

SR

5090

210

RB

Klay Fiechter

Indianapolis

SR

5110

192

FB

Blake Smith

Angelo State

JR

6010

230

WR

Trevor Harman

Shippensburg

JR

6030

206

WR

Julian Walker

Saint Joseph

SR

5110

181

WR

Justin Bernard

Saint Anselm

JR

6010

205

WR

Torrence Allen

West Texas A&M

SR

6010

190

TE

Ryan Corbin

SW Oklahoma ST.

SR

6040

250

OT

Vance Ross

Winona State

JR

6050

275

OG

Nathaniel Hartung

Winston Salem State

SR

6020

380

OC

Chris Steck

Bloomsburg

SR

6010

285

OG

Matt Armstrong

Grand Valley State

SR

6030

290

OT

Zach Vermillion

Ashland

SR

6040

283

           

DE

BJ Stevens

California

SR

6020

245

DT

Eddie Rascon

Missouri S&T

SR

6020

240

DT

Larry Webster

Bloomsburg

SR

6070

240

DE

Troy Harris

Mars Hill

SR

6040

260

LB

Cody Bloom

Ashland

SR

6000

230

LB

Nate Dreiling

Pittsburg State

SR

6040

226

LB

Tanner Botts

Lenoir Rhyne

JR

6020

230

LB

Grant Singer

Mary

JR

6010

215

CB

Curtis Pumphrey

Bowie State

SO

5080

155

CB

Pierre Desir

Lindenwood

SR

6020

206

S

Fred Gaines

East Central

JR

6010

190

S

Logan Dosch

Northern State

SR

6020

200

           

PK

John Gay

Harding

JR

5090

170

PK

Alex Ferdinand

Chadron State

JR

5100

185

P

Alexander Bradt

Western Oregon

SO

6010

210

KR

Aaron Roth

Minnesota Duluth

JR

5090

185

PR

Josh Sandoval

CSU Pueblo

SR

6000

191

           
           
 
       

3rd Team

       
           
           

Pos

Name

College

YR

HT

WT

QB

Jonathon Jennings

Saginaw Valley

SR

6020

195

QB

DJ Mendenhall

Urbana

SR

6040

215

RB

Brandon Brown Dukes

Mercyhurst

SO

5070

195

RB

JB Matthews

CSU Pueblo

JR

5011

191

RB

Brandon Baker

Carson Newman

SR

5110

210

WR

Keaton Hosch

Upper Iowa

JR

5110

180

WR

Robert Jordan

Henderson State

SR

5010

175

WR

Jeff Hill

Bentley

JR

6040

205

WR

Mike Williams

California

SR

5110

185

TE

Khari Lee

Bowie State

JR

6040

235

TE

Scott Simonson

Assumption

SR

6050

240

OT

Matt Feiler

Bloomsburg

SR

6070

325

OG

Andrew Muer

Minnesota Duluth

JR

6020

280

OC

David Kulp

Humboldt State

SR

6020

295

OG

Mike Hubbard

Merrimack

SR

6030

305

OT

Mike Nelson

Central Washington

SR

6040

312

           

DE

Howard Jones

Shepherd

SR

6050

230

DT

John Oyloe

Mary

SR

6050

260

DT

Bryan Thomson

East Stroudsburg

JR

6010

275

DE

Jake Metz

Shippensburg

SR

6070

247

LB

Keaton Stigger

Henderson State

SR

6020

245

LB

Quavon Taylor

Tuskegee

JR

6000

228

LB

Diego Lubin

Delta State

JR

5110

245

LB

Jared Koster

NM Highlands

JR

6010

210

CB

Nigel Rios

Elizabeth City State

SR

5090

170

CB

Keon Robinson

Shepherd

SR

6000

199

CB

Malcolm Butler

West Alabama

SR

5110

180

S

Caleb Massey

North Alabama

JR

6000

226

S

Trelan Taylor

Chadron State

JR

5100

195

           

PK

Brett Ullman

IUP

JR

6010

220

PK

Sam Brockshus

Minnesota State

SR

5110

200

P

Stefan Terleckyj

Wayne State (MI)

SR

6020

190

KR

LJ McCray

Catawba

SR

6010

215

PR

Malik Lofton

West Alabama

SR

6000

180

           
           
 
       

Honorable Mention

       

DE

Javarous Faulk

Saint Augustine's

JR

6010

245

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