Mike Sellers Becomes Consensus First Team All-American
New York – Mike Sellers earned an honor received by only four players in Citadel football history on Wednesday when he became a consensus first team All-American after his selection by the Associated Press.
Previously, the junior center was chosen to All-America first teams by the American Football Coaches Association and The Sports Network. The only other players chosen to the first team by all three organizations in the same season were offensive guard Carlos Avalos in 1988, safety Lester Smith in 1992 and wide receiver Andre Roberts in 2008.
Sellers was named to the All-Southern Conference first team and was the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Award as the top offensive lineman in the league.
Sellers (Summerville, S.C./Fort Dorchester) led the team with 75 knockdown blocks and earned the highest assignment grade of all Citadel offensive linemen. He anchored a line which enabled the Bulldogs to rank fourth in the nation with an average of 300.6 rushing yards per game while allowing only two sacks.
A year ago Sellers was the team's offensive MVP, and he has started the past 22 games at center after originally coming to The Citadel as a defensive lineman.
Joining Sellers on the AP first team from the SoCon are Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein, Elon wide receiver Aaron Mellette, Georgia Southern nose tackle Brent Russell, Samford defensive back Jaquiski Tartt and Appalachian State punter Sam Martin.