Florida Tech Panther Trio Named To Don Hansen All-American Teams In Football

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Three members of the Florida Tech football team have been tabbed to the Don Hansen Football Committee All-American Team, with tight end Kenny Johnston raking in second team honors and linebacker Chris Stapleton and running back Antwuan Haynes earning third team and honorable mention distinction, respectively. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Three members of the Florida Tech football team have been tabbed to the Don Hansen Football Committee All-American Team, with tight end Kenny Johnston raking in second team honors and linebacker Chris Stapleton and running back Antwuan Haynes earning third team and honorable mention distinction, respectively.

This is Johnston’s third All-American nod following the 2016 season, and the fifth for his career. The Jacksonville, Florida native also reeled in AFCA and D2CCA All-American laurels over the past few weeks. The senior ranked fifth in the Gulf South Conference in receiving yards per game at 70.6, while his 21.6 yards per catch were a league high. Johnston’s seven receiving touchdowns tied for fifth most in the GSC.

Stapleton’s selection to the All-American Team is the first for the linebacker out of Navarre, Florida. The senior ranked second in the GSC in tackles with 8.2 per game, registering 6.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a pair of interceptions in 2016.

Following an impressive sophomore campaign, Haynes nabbed his first All-American laurel. The Plantation High School product led the conference in rushing at 97.9 yards per game, while his 162.1 all-purpose yards per contest was second only to Mississippi College’s Marcel Newson. Haynes also ranked third in the GSC in rushing touchdowns with 10.

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The Don Hansen Division II All-America Team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010.

Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.


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