Devaunte Sigler & Max Holcombe Named AP All-Americans
Sigler was named to the second-team defense, while Holcombe was named to the second-team offense.
"I'm extremely proud for Max and Devaunte for being named to The Associated Press All-America teams and I feel like both players are certainly deserving of the honor," said first-year head coach John Grass. "They both had outstanding seasons on the field, and I'm very proud of how they represented this football team and University all season."
Sigler, who was named the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, played on a formidable defensive line (that saw all four starters earn All-OVC honors), the junior tallied 36 tackles (19 solo), 9.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, an interception, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and blocked a kick.
The Mobile, Ala., native led a defensive unit that ranks fourth nationally in third down conversion defense (28.1%), 17th in total defense (317.4 yards/game) and 26th in scoring defense (21.7 points/game). He becomes the 55th player to earn All-America honors for the Gamecocks
Holcombe, from Tuscaloosa, was a first-team selection after setting the Ohio Valley Conference and school record with 49 consecutive starts at his center position, and he also was a first-team All-America selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation earlier this week.
The senior helped block for a Gamecock offense that ranks fourth nationally in total offense (510.8 yards/game), fourth in rushing offense (285.3 yards/game) and 20th in scoring offense (35.2 points/game).
After a loss to FBS Michigan State in the first game of the year, the Gamecocks won 10-straight games and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA playoffs after earning the No. 3 overall national seed.
The Gamecocks (10-2) were ranked in the Top 8 all season and finished the regular-season ranked No. 2 by FCS Coaches Poll. The 10 overall wins set the JSU record for most regular season wins by a coach in program history, and JSU finished a perfect 8-0 in OVC play for the first time in school history.
(Courtesy: JSU Sports Information)