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Associated Press Tabs Johnny Towalid And Shakir Bell All-Americans
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
Release:12/13/2012
Ace Hunt
GoSycamores.com

 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indiana State football duo of senior defensive back Johnny Towalid and junior tailback Shakir Bell each picked up their second FCS All-America honors for 2012 when the Associated Press announced their national teams this week.

 

Towalid is a Second Team AP All-American while Shakir Bell was named a Third Team AP All-American. Bell was on the first team one year ago. Each were named to The Sports Network FCS All-American Team on December 10 and Bell is the first Sycamore to earn back-to-back All-America honors since Richard Harris did it in 2000 & 2001.

 

Towalid was named to his second All-American Team, picking up second team honors from the Associated Press. He was a First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection in 2012 as well as a The Sports Network Third Team All-American.

He set a new Indiana State record with three interception returns for a touchdown while also setting the school record with two pick 6's in a game at No. 1 North Dakota State as well as the career record with four. He was named the MVFC and National Defensive Player Of The Week for his two interception returns for a touchdown against the Bison and paced the team with five interceptions on the season, which tied for second-best in the MVFC and ranked tied for eighth nationally. Towalid recorded 34 total tackles, including one for a loss and broke up nine passes, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick. He had a season-best six tackles at North Dakota State and posted multiple tackles in 10-of-11 games.

 

Bell was named to the Associated Press All-American Third Team after picking up four different first team honors last season. He was named First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2012 and finished third in the MVFC Offensive Player Of The Year balloting.

He finished as the Sycamores' leading rusher with 269 attempts for 1,475 yards (third-best ever at INS) and 11 TDs, with a long rush of 64 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per rush and 134.1 yards per game. He set the MVFC single-game rushing record with 349 yards on the ground against Drake and was named MVFC and National Offensive Player Of The Week following that game. Bell finished second in the league in rushing yards per game and sixth nationally (134.1 rushing yards per game) while his 134.1 yards of total offense per game ranked 10th in the MVFC. He averaged 6.55 points per game, which was sixth in the MVFC and tied for 77th nationally while his 147.0 all purpose yards per game was second in the league and 17th in FCS. Bell went over 100 yards rushing seven times, including in 5-of-8 MVFC contests. He was the MVFC Offensive Player Of The Year in 2011 and finishing tied for second in the Walter Payton Award voting and became the first sophomore to ever finish in the Top 3.

 

NOTES:
Indiana State senior punter Lucas Hileman, who was named to the First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Team in 2012 made the last punt of his career count. He finished his two-year Sycamore football career with exactly 100 punts, which qualified him for the MVFC career punting records. His 4,341 career punting yards, gives him an average of 43.41 yards per punt, which is the new MVFC Career Record. His 43.41 yard average bests Mike Scifres of Western Illinois, who boasted a 43.35 average from 1999-2001.

 

Indiana State senior linebacker Aaron Archie finished his career with 428 total tackles, which is a new career school record. Archie's total beat out Richard Moss' 426 tackles from 1993-96. Archie was named a First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference member in 2012.


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