Allen and Brown named to HERO Sports All-American team

Allen and Brown named to HERO Sports All-American team

CHARLESTON, S.C. - CSU senior defensive back James Allen and senior defensive lineman Solomon Brown were named to the HERO Sports All-American team as announced on Wednesday morning.

2018 HERO Sports FCS All-American Teams

Allen picked up Second Team recognition, while Brown was selected to the Third Team. The Bucs duo were two of the four Big South selections to the postseason All-American team joining Kennesaw State's Chandler Burks and C.J. Collins on the squad.

It marks the second All-American recognition for Allen after previously garnering Second Team Associated Press All-American honors.

The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native put together one of the best seasons by a defensive back in Big South Conference history on his way to earning First Team honors. Allen led the Big South with six interceptions and returned a CSU and conference-record three for touchdowns in 2018.

He tied for the FCS lead in pick-sixes on the year and is fifth in FCS in passes defended with 1.5 per game. Allen saved his best game of the season for his final conference game recording three interceptions and returned one 52 yards for a score in CSU's 12-7 win over Campbell.

Brown was named to his third All-American team after being honored on the Associated Press (Third Team) and STATS FCS (Third Team) All-American squads.

Brown became just the third player in Big South history to reach 50.0 career tackles behind the line of scrimmage in his final season. He led the Big South with 17.0 tackles for loss, averaging 1.55 per game on the year. Brown finished fifth overall in the conference with 8.0 tackles per game, outpacing all the conference's defensive linemen by 3.9 tackles per game.

He wrapped up his collegiate career with a career-high 5.5 tackles for loss in the regular season finale against The Citadel. His total matched the Big South and CSU's single-season effort joining Gardner-Webb's Brian Johnston (53.5 TFL, 2004-07) and CSU's Anthony Ellis (51.5, 2014-17).

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