Sam Houston Bearkats wide receiver Jequez Ezzard is on the 2021 College Football America Yearbook’s FCS Preseason Starting Lineup, the book’s version of a preseason All-America team.
Additionally, the Bearkats are No. 1 in the 2021 College Football America Yearbook’s FCS Preseason Top 30.
Plus, Ezzard is on the cover of the book’s FCS coverage.
The Bearkats went 10-0 overall, 6-0 in the Southland Conference under head coach K.C. Keeler. Once reaching the playoffs, the Bearkats defeated Monmouth (NJ), 21-15, North Dakota State, 24-20, and James Madison, 38-35, to reach the national championship game against South Dakota State. In Frisco, Texas, the Bearkats won their first national championship in FCS with a 23-21 win over the Jackrabbits.
Ezzard was the most outstanding player of that national championship game and returns for the Bearkats in 2021. Selected as a returner on the Starting Lineup, he was the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year, an Associated Press All-America second team wide receiver and an American Football Coaches Association All-America first team punt returner.
Also selected to the Starting Lineup were defensive lineman Jahari Kay and defensive back Zyon McCollum. Kay was a Buck Buchanan Award Finalist who earned .AP All-America First-Team honors 5.5 sacks. McCollum was an AFCA Second-Team All-American.
The Bearkats are now in the Western Athletic Conference and will open their season on Sept. 2 at Northern Arizona.
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.
The print edition is available online via Amazon.com and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble.