LIBERTY, Mo. (February 23, 2016) - D2Football.com named Colorado State University-Pueblo senior football student-athltletes Cameron McDondle (RB, Littleton, Colo.), Zach Martinez (OL, Redlands, Calif.) and Morgan Fox (DL, Fountain, Colo.) as NCAA Division II All-Americans. The Pack finished fifth in the publication's final 2015 national poll.
The class of three increases CSU-Pueblo's All-American total garnered from D2Football.com to 14 since 2008.
McDondle was honored as a first-team selection, as Martinez and Fox were recognized as second teamers. McDondle was a second team member of the 2014 D2Football.com team.
Honored as a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist ... AP Little All-America First Team ... D2Football.com All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-Super Region Four First Team ... RMAC Offensive Player of the Year and an All-RMAC First Team selection ... Ranked second in NCAA Division II in rushing yards (2,235), rushing yards per game (171.9) and rushing touchdowns (24) ... Finished third nationally in rush yards per carry (7.4), sixth in all-purpose yards (177.85) and 10th in scoring (11.1) ... The yards total in 2015 is a program record, while he also owns the program record for touchdowns in a season (24) and in a career (60) ... Holds the single-season scoring record (144) and Oct. 24 against then-No. 7 Colorado School of Mines, he rushed for 308 yards, a new program best ... His total rushing yards this season ranks eighth on NCAA Division II all-time season yards list, while it is second most on the RMAC single-season chart ... His rushing touchdowns total is fourth in a single season in conference history ... Named NFF-Colorado Chapter Player of the Week three times and RMAC Offensive Player of the Week twice.
Combined with brother Bernard McDondle (RB, Littleton, Colo.) to total 3,674 rushing yards to establish the new NCAA Division II record for most yards gained by two players, same team in a season (Previous record was 3,611 set in 2004 by Pittsburg State) ... As of Nov. 13, led all levels of NCAA in rushing yards (1,943) and rushing touchdowns (24) ... Rushed for 150 or more yards in 11 of 13 games played this season ... Rushed for multiple touchdowns in eight games this season, which includes three touchdowns four times and four rushing scores at Chadron State Oct. 17 (T-9th in DII in 2015) ... Totaled five rushing touchdowns on carries of 70 or more yards ... Reached 1,000 yards in just six games, the fastest in program history.
With 5,951 career rushing yards he is the program's leader, second all-time in the RMAC and 16th all-time in NCAA Division II ... He finished his career with 126.6 yards per game, 56 rushing touchdowns and 6.6 yards per carry (897 carries) ... Rushed for more than 100 yards in 31 career games, which included 10 straight games in 2015 and 23 of the last 25 games.
Started all 14 games at left tackle … D2Football.com All-America Second Team ... D2CCA All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-Super Region Four First Team ... All-RMAC First Team member ... Helped guide a ThunderWolves rushing attack that ranks sixth nationally with 291.0 yards per game … Contributed to Pack rushing attack that became just the fourth in NCAA Division II history to produce both a 2,000 yard rusher and a 1,000 yard rusher in the same season … Guided Harlon Hill finalist running back Cameron McDondle (third in final voting) and combined with brother Bernard McDondle for an NCAA record for rushing yards by two backs on the same team (3,674 yards) ... The offensive line allowed 19 sacks (-128 yards) to rank No. 29 nationally (1.36 in sacks per game) ... A two-time all-region performer and three-time All-RMAC First Team member.
Named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Small College Defensive Player of the Year... Honored as the runner-up for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award ... Associated Press Little All-America Second Team ... AFCA All-America Team ... D2Football.com All-America Second Team ... D2CCA All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-Region First Team Defense … Named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-RMAC First Team ... Finished first in the nation in sacks per game with 1.42, while the 128 sack yards was first nationally ... In 12 games he totaled 17.0 sacks to rank second in Division II and his 15 solo sacks was second ... Finished 17th nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game and has totaled 21.5 tackles for loss resulting in -137 yard (third nationally) ... Finished the season with 52 tackles (32 solo), forced and recovered a fumble and added one pass break-up ... Posted five multi-sack games, which included three sacks on three occasions ... Totaled a career-high 10 tackles (five solo), 3.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards and two sacks (-20 yards) at West Texas A&M ... During the regular season, Fox was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week twice... Member of a Pack defense that finished third nationally in interceptions (24), third in scoring defense (15.8), 11th in rushing defense (94.6), 17th in total defense (308.8), 18th in tackles for loss (8.2) and 19th in sacks per game (3.0).
Owns the program record for sacks in a season (17) and career (36) ... 164 career tackles (82 solo) ... 49.5 tackles for loss (-276 yards) and -250 yards from sacks ... Four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles ... 11 break-ups.
The ThunderWolves in 2015
The ThunderWolves went 12-2 overall for their third 12-plus win season in the last four years. The Pack went a perfect 9-0 for the fourth time in the last five years to earn their fifth consecutive RMAC Championship.
CSU-Pueblo earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Playoffs and made its fifth straight appearance in the Division II postseason Nov. 21. The ThunderWolves hosted No. 5-seed University of Indianapolis in the first round and won 27-14, then took to the road for their first-ever true road game in the playoffs. The Pack traveled to No. 1-seed Midwestern State University and downed the Mustangs 26-17 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals for the third time in the last four years. CSU-Pueblo suffered a 31-7 loss to No. 6-seed Grand Valley State University in the game at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, to close the season and end the defense of the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship.
The ThunderWolves finished fifth in both the American Football Coaches Association and D2Football.com national polls.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.