All-First Coast FCS team: Tracking the best area products in 2017-18

The First Coast was not only represented well at the highest level of college football in 2017-18, but made quite an impact on the Football Championship Subdivision circuit, too.


The Times-Union’s fifth annual All-First Coast FCS team featured 137 players with ties to the area, the third most representation of local players since we began this series in 2013. Only the 2013-14 (147) and ‘14-15 teams (145) have featured more players with ties to the First Coast than this one. Fleming Island leads the way with 10 players at the FCS level, followed by Fletcher (nine) and Raines and First Coast (eight apiece).

Sports writer Clayton Freeman charts the 2017 Times-Union All-FCS squad.


Pos., Player, Class (*redshirt), Local tie, College, Update

QB P.J. Blazejowski, Sr., Bartram Trail, Furman, Completed 142 of 233 passes for 2,461 yards with 19 TD, only five picks; also rushed for 318 yards; second-team All-SoCon.

RB Tee Mitchell, Jr., Bolles, Mercer, Led Bears with 626 yards, 7 TD on 155 carries; second-team All-SoCon selection also caught 22 passes for 223 yards and a score.

RB DeSean McNair, So., Ribault, Elon, Carried 159 times for 663 yards and team-high 6 TD; also caught 12 passes for 109 yards, 2 TD; second time on local All-FCS team.

RB Blake Morgan, So., Creekside, Wofford, Rushed for 640 yards on 103 yards with 8 TD and added team-high 401 receiving yards.

WR Emerson Kabus, Fr., St. Augustine, Columbia, Caught 21 passes for 245 yards and a TD in 10 games.

WR Pat Tabor, Fr., Atlantic Coast, Davidson, Played all 11 games and caught 32 passes for 415 yards and 2 TD; blocked first punt for school in 17 years.

OL Bruce Aubley, Fr., Bishop Kenny, Samford, Played in seven games with two starts.

OL Sam Baptiste, Sr., Ware County, Alabama State, Started at right tackle and earned first-team All-SWAC honors.

OL Jacob Conrad, So., Clay, Furman, Played in 11 games with six starts; finished playoff season as starting right tackle.

OL Andy Godwin, So.*, Providence, Furman, Won left tackle job and played all 13 games, starting 10.

OL Josh Miller, So., Creekside, Stetson, Anchored Hatters’ line at left tackle, starting all 11 games.

ATH Jamari Smith, GS., Fletcher, North Carolina A&T, Rushed 69 times for 389 yards, 2 TD; also caught 25 passes for 277 yards and 2 TD.

K Javier Arce-Ramirez, So.*, St. Joseph, Jacksonville, Made 7 of 12 field goals, the longest from 46, and converted 38 of 39 PATs. Second time on local All-FCS team.

LS Alex Jakob, Fr., White, Jacksonville, Played in all 11 games as long snapper.


Pos., Player, Class (*redshirt), Local tie, College, Update

DL Antonio Brown, Sr.*, Westside, N.C. Central, Repeat All-Area pick made 19 tackles, 8.5 TFL, five sacks in 10 games; second-team All-MEAC.

DL Trae Ferrell, Jr., Atlantic Coast, Alcorn State, Played 11 games with 37 tackles, 11 for loss, and four sacks off the edge; second-team All-SWAC; second time on local All-FCS team.

DL Darryl Johnson, So.*, Camden County, North Carolina A&T, Wrecking ball led team with 6.5 sacks, 15.5 TFL, 4 forced fumbles; first team All-MEAC.

LB Zane Cruz, Sr., Yulee, Charleston Southern, Third time on local All-FCS team. Made 51 tackles in 10 games with 6.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles; second-team All-Big South.

LB Colby Duncan, So.*, First Coast, Stetson, Started all 11 games with 77 tackles, seven for loss, two fumble recoveries and team-high 2 INT.

LB Jalen Kindle, GS, Fleming Island, Delaware, Made 55 tackles with 2 sacks, 2 pass breakups in 11 games.

LB Chris Washington, So.*, Fletcher, Furman, Started all 13 games; pass rusher led team with six quarterback hits, plus 66 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles.

CB Jeremy Peters, Jr., Clay, Liberty, Team-high 3 INTs, 8 pass breakups in 11 starts; made 36 tackles; second-team All-Big South.

DB Eric Martin, Sr., First Coast, Stetson, Started 11 games with 85 tackles, six pass breakups and 6.5 tackles for loss; honorable mention All-PFL.

DB Alden McClellon, Jr., Union County, N.C. Central, Made 55 tackles, 7.5 TFL, two sacks in 11 games in second-team All-MEAC season. Two-time local All-FCS selection.

CB Malik Reaves, Sr., Fletcher, Villanova, Made 58 tackles and 2 interceptions in nine games; second team All-CAA.

ATH Malik Rivera, Sr., Bartram Trail, Wofford, Made 74 tackles and broke up four passes in 13 games.

P Chandler Williams, Jr., Mandarin, Savannah State, Punted 37 times for a 37.0-yard average.