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Ferrum's Brian Mann Named All-America by AFCA

This is Brian Mann's first All-America honor.
This is Brian Mann's first All-America honor.

2018 AFCA  Div. III Coaches' All-America Team

FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College's Brian Mann has been named to the 2018 American Football Coaches Association Div. III All-America Team. Mann is a second team selection, as named by the national coaches organization. The AFCA has named an All-America since 1945, and currently names All-America teams in all five of its divisions.

This is the first All-America honor for Mann, a junior running back and kickoff returner for the Panthers. Mann is from Pearisburg, Virginia, and prepped at Giles High School. Mann's award marks the second time in as many years that Ferrum has had an AFCA All-American. Defensive lineman Montel Lee was a first team pick a year ago.

Mann had 1605 yards and 15 touchdowns on 244 carries this season, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. He was named to the All-Conference first team this season by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Mann was also named first team All-Conference by the USA South Athletic Conference the past two seasons and is on pace to become only the sixth student-athlete at Ferrum to reap four consecutive first team All-Conference honors.

Mann is one of only two ODAC players named to the 2018 AFCA All-America team, the other being Guilford College's De'Eric Bell, who earned first team honors on special teams.

Mann was also recently named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District first team, as named by the College Sports Information Directors of America. As a first team pick, Mann is now eligible for Academic All-America, an award only earned by six former Ferrum student-athletes.

Mann's list of honors is impressive and includes USA South Offensive Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He was the 2016 Virginia State Rookie of the Year as named by the Virginia Sports Information Directors and a 2016 finalist for the Touchdown Club of Richmond's Willie Lanier Award.

Mann helped Ferrum finish tied for fourth place in its first season competing in the ODAC. Ferrum finished 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the league standings. The Panthers are coached by third-year Head Coach Rob Grande.