St. Thomas center (JR-Edina) Curtis James is one of 25 players -- and one of just five juniors -- named first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA). The eliute 25-man group was announced Monday.
James, a three-year starter,switched from guard to center this season. He helped the No. 3-ranked Tommies win 13 games and reach the NCAA playoff semifinals, both firsts in program history.
The Tommies have had 32 100-yard rushing performances thus far in his era and a 36-4 record. UST's offensive line has allowed just 30 sacks in those 40 games. The Tommie offense has averaged nearly 40 points and 425 yards a game over the last three seasons.
It's the 16th time in the last 19 seasons that Tommie football has had an All-America or an Academic All-America honoree.
It also marks the fourth year in a row that St. Thomas has had a center named All-America, as Josh Ostrue was honored from 2008-2010.
The D3Football.com All-America team will be announced Friday.
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