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Paladins' Schmidt Lands STATS FCS All-America Honors

Matthew Schmidt
Matthew Schmidt

December 19, 2017


GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman center Matthew Schmidt continued his postseason awards haul today by earning 2017 STATS FCS Second Team All-America honors, it has been announced.

Schmidt, a consensus 2017 1st Team All-Southern Conference selection and recipient of the league's prestigious Jacobs Blocking Award this year, was earlier named to Associated Press and Phil Steele FCS All-America squads.

The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS All-America Team is scheduled to be announced Wednesday.

The Stokesdale, N.C., product and team co-captain started all 13 games and tallied a unit high 839 snaps this fall in helping Furman, the SoCon No. 7 preseason pick by head coaches, overcome an 0-3 start en route to an 8-5 record, league second place regular season finish, and FCS second round playoff appearance.

He headlined an offensive front that helped Furman average 225.8 ypg rushing (4.7 ypc) and produce 36 rushing touchdowns, clearing the way for All-SoCon running backs Antonio Wilcox (814 yds., 14 TDs) and Kealand Dirks (720 yds., 9 TDs).

Schmidt played a central role in Furman's offense that paced the SoCon in scoring (32.6 ppg), ranked second in total offense (423.6 ypg), and surrendered an FCS low seven sacks.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound four-year starter saw action in 40 games in his Paladin tenure, posted 39 starts, and logged 2,472 career plays.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information