All-American glory for duo

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By The Staff

Las Vegas Optic

Jordan Campbell and Abdul Kanneh are going out as winners.

The New Mexico Highlands University football standouts were named first-team All-Americans by Daktronics and the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America. This week’s announced honor comes after Beyond Sports Network named both as first-team All-Americans last week.

Campbell and Kanneh played integral roles in the program’s improvement under coach Eric Young the past two seasons. The Cowboys were 8-3 this past fall and narrowly missed a shot at a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title.

Campbell led the Cowboys with 104 tackles, including 23 for a combined loss of 127 yards, and 12 sacks. He also had three pass break-ups, eight quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was an All-RMAC performer both seasons he played with Highlands and set a league record with 28.5 tackles for loss in 2011.

Campbell is a 6-0, 230-pound linebacker from Corona, Calif.

Kanneh also earned two All-RMAC first team selections in as many seasons. He recorded 67 tackles, including 4.5 for loss of 26 yards, one sack and a team-best six interceptions returned for a combined 191 yards. He also broke up 16 passes and blocked three kicks, both team highs.

Kanneh is a 6-0, 170-pound defensive back from London.

Shippensburg junior quarterback Zach Zulli and West Texas A&M junior defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks highlight the All-America squad released Tuesday morning by CoSIDA.

Zulli, a 2012 Harlon Hill finalist, quarterbacked NCAA Division II’s top-ranked offense to its first playoff win in 21 seasons and re-authored the Shippensburg record book.

He set NCAA Division II marks as the all-time record holder for points and touchdowns in a season with 344 and 57, respectively.

Zulli leads all divisions of college football with 54 touchdown passes while passing for 4,747 yards.

Westbrooks spearheaded the top pass rush in Division II while leading West Texas A&M to its deepest playoff run in school history as the Buffs rolled to the national semifinals.

He had 19.5 sacks and 28 tackles for loss, 60 total tackles 19 hurries and three forced fumbles.