CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern's Anthony Ellis was named to the College Football America (CFA) Yearbook's FCS Starting Lineup, CFA's version of an All-America Team, as announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Ellis was named the 2017 Big South Preseason Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season last week at the Big South Football Media Day Football Luncheon. The Apopka, Fla. native was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award in 2016 and earned All-America recognition from STATS, the Associated Press and Hero Sports last season. He was tabbed a 2017 preseason All-American by Athlon's in June.
Ellis was one of two Big South Conference players recognized on the team. Also recognized was Monmouth senior defensive back Mike Basile.
Ellis led the Big South with 16.0 tackles-for-loss and 7.0 sacks -- the second player in Big South history to record two seven-sack seasons. He tallied 45 tackles (26 solo) with eight quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. A dominant edge rusher who often commands double teams, Ellis recorded a tackle-for-loss in all but one game and had four multi-tackle for loss efforts, including 3.5 in the Buccaneers' win at No. 24/25 Liberty on Nov. 12. He recorded a sack in six of 10 appearances last season, including four in a three-game span.
The Big South Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Flames, Ellis shined in league play as he totaled a league-best 9.5 tackles for loss in five games (1.90 per game), and tied for the top spot with four sacks (one each against Monmouth, Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb, and Liberty). He also had 24 stops against Big South foes, 15 of which were solo.
Ellis, who enters his final season tied for sixth all-time in Big South history in both tackles for loss (35.5) and career sacks (15.0), is looking to become just the third player in the conference record book with 40 tackles-for-loss and 20 sacks.
Ellis and the Buccaneers report for fall camp on July 30 and open practice on August 1.