BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Samford junior defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden was named to the Walter Camp FCS All-America team, released by the Walter Camp Foundation Thursday.
This is Gooden's fifth All-America honor since the season ended. He was previously named All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, Phil Steele and STATS.
Gooden was also named the Southern Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. For the season, he shared the team lead and tied for second in the Southern Conference in tackles for loss with 15.5. He ranked second on the team and tied for fifth in the SoCon in total tackles with 101. He also led the team and tied for fourth in the SoCon in total sacks at 5.5.
In addition to his SoCon and All-America honors, Gooden finished seventh in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in all of FCS football.
Gooden and the Bulldogs posted a record of 8-4 overall and 6-2 in SoCon play this season. Samford reached the FCS Playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1992.
2017 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA TEAM
WR: Keelan Doss, UC Davis
WR: Neil O'Connor, New Hampshire
TE: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State*
OL: Aaron Stinnie, James Madison
OL: Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T
OL: Justin Lea, Jacksonville State
OL: John Cook, Central Arkansas
C: Tyler Scozzaro, Jacksonville State
QB: Chris Streveler, South Dakota
QB: Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State*
RB: Dominick Bragalone, Lehigh
RB: Josh Mack, Maine
PK: Trey Tuttle, Weber State
DL: Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State
DL: Andrew Ankrah, James Madison
DL: Jonathan Petersen, University of San Diego
DL: Ahmad Gooden, Samford
LB: Brett Taylor, Western Illinois*
LB: Darius Leonard, South Carolina State
LB: Matthew Oplinger, Yale
DB: Mike Basile, Monmouth
DB: Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State
DB: Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas
DB: Tre Dempsey, North Dakota State
P: Joe Zema, Incarnate Word
KR: Rashid Shaheed, Weber State
* – 2016 Walter Camp FCS All-America selection