Ducasse, Holmes Named To CSN's Fabulous 50
Dec. 29, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass senior offensive tackle Vladimir Ducasse and sophomore linebacker Tyler Holmes were named to the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty Team. Unlike other All-American teams, the CSN honor's squad is designed to be like a real team, capable of taking the field and competing in a game. Senior kicker Armando Cuko was named to the Honorable Mention squad as well.
For Ducasse, it is his third national first-team honor this postseason. The NFL Draft prospect was also named to the Associated Press and Sports Network All-American First Teams. Ducasse was also named to the All-CAA First Team and New England Football Writers All-Star Team. In his 35 career starts, UMass had a 100-yard rusher in 23 of those games. In his 35 games, UMass has allowed just 39 sacks. In 2009, UMass allowed 17 sacks (1.4 per game), 38th in the NCAA, 3rd in CAA. UMass had a 100-yard rusher in seven games this season (five by Tony Nelson and two by Jonathan Hernandez).
Holmes, who was a second-team All-CAA selection, led UMass in tackles with 110 (second in CAA and eighth in NCAA) 11.0 per game in 10 starts in 2009. He was the team leader in interceptions with four and team-best nine passes defended. He also had 6.5 TFLs for 14 yards. Holmes finished fourth in CAA in interceptions per game (0.44 per game). In the last six games he played in 2009, he had 78 tackles (13.0 per game). Holmes had five games during season with 10 or more tackles.
Cuko was also named the AFCA First-Team All-American and the Sports Network Third Team All-American. He was also named the CAA Third-Team kicker this season after a record-setting career at UMass. He finished as the all-time UMass career made field goals leader (31) and as the all-time UMass single-season made field goals leader (19) in 2009. The record previously was 16, held by both Chris Koepplin and Sandro Vitiello. He finished eighth in career scoring in UMass history with 196 and second in career made PATs with 103, passed Chris Koepplin with 99 in final college game. He made 11 career field goals of more than 40 yards (seven in senior year) including a career-long of 51, tied for third-longest at UMass.
The release from College Sporting News is here:
50 players and head coach Henry Frazier III make up the 2009 edition of the Fabulous Fifty Team for Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-American honors from College Sporting News as selected by staff members. Including the honorable mention selections, 138 student-athletes from 71 schools are represented.
Unlike other All-American teams, the CSN honor's squad is designed to be like a real team, capable of taking the field and competing in a game. It includes everything from quarterbacks who can run or pass, often overlooked fullbacks, to a long snapper and other special teams performers.
CSN 2009 DIVISION I FCS FABULOUS FIFTY ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
Coach of the Year: Henry Frazier III, Prairie View A&M
QB Jeremy Moses, Stephen F. Austin
DT Martin Parker, Richmond
K Matt Bevins, Liberty*
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