A day after receiving a pair of All-America honors, Fordham University junior running back Chase Edmonds picked up another, being named a first team STATS FCS All-American it was announced today. Yesterday he was named to the 2016 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America team as well as being named first team AFCA FCS Coaches All-America while last week Edmonds was named a first team Associated Press NCAA FCS All-American.
Edmonds is one of five Patriot League players to be named to one of the three STATS FCS All-America teams, one of two to be named to the first team.
Edmonds, a First Team All-Patriot League and ECAC All-Star selection this fall, rushed 257 times for 1,799 yards and 19 touchdowns. He leads the NCAA FCS in rushing yards and rushing yards per game (163.5) as well as ranking second in all-purpose yards per game (194.6) and third in rushing touchdowns. The 1,799 yards is just 39 yards shy of Edmonds’ school single season record set in 2014.
Against Lafayette on October 8, Edmonds rushed for a school and Patriot League record 359 yards (the most by an NCAA Division I player this year) on just 17 carries, averaging 21.1 yards per carry, setting an NCAA FCS record for most yards gained per rush in a game. The former mark was 19.07 set by VMI’s Gene Brown in 1988. Edmonds surpassed his own school and Patriot League record of 347 yards, set last year against Lehigh.
For the second straight year, Edmonds finished fourth in voting for the Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the NCAA FCS most outstanding offensive player.
Over his three-year career, Edmonds has rushed for a school record 5,285 yards, just 336 yards shy of Jordan Scott’s Patriot League career record of 5,621 yards. He has 62 career rushing touchdowns and 69 overall career touchdowns, both school and Patriot League records. He also holds the school and Patriot League scoring marks with 414 career points.
The Rams closed out the season with an 8-3 overall record, 5-1 in the Patriot League. It is Fordham’s fourth straight winning season, the first time the Rams have posted four consecutive winning campaigns since 1976-1979.