FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Four Fairmont State players were named to the Beyond Sports College Network (BSCN) Preseaon All-American team. Garrett Davis and Matt Wilmer were both named to the third team while Chris Barfield and Dewey McDonald received honorable mention.
Davis, a junior from Havana, Fla., was named first team All-WVIAC and second team all-region after finishing the 2011 season with 101 tackles (18 TFL) and eight sacks. The linebacker also recorded an interception and recovered a fumble during the 2011 season. Davis ranked third in the WVIAC, averaging 9.2 tackles per game. He also had three games with double-digit tackles, including 19 against Glenville State.
Wilmer, a senior wideout and return specialist from Keyser, W.Va., received multiple postseason honors after leading the country with 23.0 yards per punt return. His post season honors included Super Region 1 Specials Teams Player of the Year, First team All-WVIAC and third team All-American return specialist for BSCN. He returned 23 punts for 530 years, which is second most in school history. Eleven of his 23 punt returns were brought into the opponents territory and one was returned for a touchdown. Wilmer also had 24 plays of 20 yards or more and set a school record with a 93-yard yard return against Clarion, which was also a season-high for Division II football.
Barfield, a sophomore offensive lineman from Cary, N.C., was named first-team All-WVIAC after starting all 11 games for the Falcons (nine at left tackle and two at left guard). He led a group that paved the way for one of the best running attacks in the WVIAC (166 yards/game) and only allowed two sacks all season.
McDonald, a senior from Ranson, W.Va., was named second team All-WVIAC and All-American Honorable Mention from BCSN after another standout season at FSU. He racked up 73 tackles (55 solo) and broke up five passes in 2011. The defensive back also picked off a pass and forced and recovered a fumble on the season. McDonald also earned first team Capital One Academic All-American for his work in the classroom.
The Falcons open the 2012 season on the road when they face Clarion on Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m.