Donnelly named freshman all-American by
College Sports Journal
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[January 24, 2013]
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- For the second
year in a row, the Illinois State football program has had a player
named to the College Sports Journal Football Championship Subdivision
Freshman All-America Team. Redshirt freshman linebacker Alex Donnelly
was selected to the second annual list Tuesday.
Donnelly was one of 63 total players and one of 13 players from the
Missouri Valley Football Conference named to this year's list, which
represents the only all-freshman team in the FCS. The 63 players are
representative of the 63 scholarships allowed to teams that compete
in the FCS. The All-Freshman Team was selected by a blue-ribbon
panel of FCS experts put together by David Coulson, executive editor
of the College Sports Journal, and Chuck Burton, publisher and
managing editor of the publication.
Forced into action because of
an injury to starting linebacker Austin Davis, Donnelly made four
starts at outside linebacker and saw action in all 13 games for the
Redbirds. The Kirkland, Wash., native finished the season with 43
tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack. He also added three pass
breakups, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery while
playing in different defensive lineups for ISU.
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Donnelly had a career day with 10 tackles, a tackle for loss
and an interception return for a touchdown in the overtime win
against Eastern Illinois. He followed that up with seven tackles
and a fumble recovery in a road victory at Western Illinois.
Last year, ISU tight end James O'Shaughnessy and wide
receiver/kick returner Donovan Harden were named to the inaugural
list by the College Sports Journal.
news release received from
Illinois State University]