Sam Houston State Trio Leads College Football America Yearbook’s 2021 FCS Preseason Starting Lineup

Jahari Kay, Sam Houston State

Defending FCS national champions Sam Houston State have three players on the 2021 College Football America Yearbook FCS Preseason Starting Lineup, CFA’s version of an All-America team.

The Bearkats claimed their first FCS national championship in May after defeating the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 23-21, in Frisco, Texas.

Wide receiver Jacque Ezzard, defensive lineman Jahari Kay and defensive back Zyon McCollum all made the team for Sam Houston State. Ezzard, who is also on the FCS section cover of the yearbook, was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2020 FCS National Championship game.

The following programs had at least two players on the preseason Starting Lineup:

North Dakota State (3): OL Cordell Volson, LB James Kaczor, KR Christian Watson.

East Tennessee State (2): LB Jared Folks, PR Quay Holmes.

Southern Illinois (2): WR Avante Cox, DB James Ceasar.

Illinois State (2): OL Drew Himmelman, DL Romeo McKnight.

James Madison (2): OL Raymond Gillespie, PK Ethan Ratke.

Sacred Heart (2): RB Julius Chestnut, OL J.D. DiRenzo.

The FCS section of the College Football America 2021 Yearbook features 28 pages of content including:

  • National FCS preview;
  • FCS preseason Starting Lineup;
  • Preview of each FCS conference;
  • Capsules for every FCS team, including 2020 results and 2021 schedules;
  • Twenty color action, coach and stadium photos.

The College Football America 2021 Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

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2021 College Football America FCS Starting Lineup


Pos., Name, School, Class

QB Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington, Sr.

RB Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State, Jr.

RB Julius Chestnut, Sacred Heart, Sr.

WR Avante Cox, Southern Illinois, Jr.

WR Jakob Herres, VMI, Sr.

OL Raymond Gillespie, James Madison, Sr.

OL Cordell Volson, North Dakota State, Sr.

OL J.D. DiRenzo, Sacred Heart, Sr.

OL P.J. Burkhalter, Nicholls State, Sr.

C Dacquari Wilson, North Carolina A&T, Jr.


Pos., Name, School, Class

DL Jahari Kay, Sam Houston State, Sr.

DL Isaiah Chambers, McNeese State, Sr.

DL Jordan Lewis, Southern, Jr.

DL Jared Brinkman, Northern Iowa, Sr.

LB Jared Folks, ETSU, Sr.

LB James Kaczor, North Dakota State, Jr.

LB Tre Walker, Idaho, Jr.

DB James Ceasar, Southern Illinois, Sr.

DB Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State, Sr.

DB Nicario Harper, Jacksonville State, Jr.

DB Irshaad Davis, Alabama State, Jr.

Special Teams

Pos., Name, School, Class

P Daniel Whelan, UC Davis, Sr.

PK Ethan Ratke, James Madison, Sr.

KR Christian Watson, North Dakota State, Jr.

PR Jequez Ezzard, Sam Houston State, Sr.

PR Quay Holmes, ETSU, Jr.

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