Bears earn All-American honors

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Bears had five players named to various All-American teams on Tuesday, including sophomore wide receiver Tyler Hudson who was honored three times.

Tyler Hudson

“December is a special time in the Football Championship Subdivision with the playoffs, the Celebration Bowl, and the Early Signing Period. It’s also the time to honor the best players in the subdivision,” according to herosports.com. “HERO Sports recognizes the top players with our Freshman, Sophomore, and All-FCS All-American teams.”

Hudson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound sophomore from Spring, Texas, was named a first-team sophomore All-American by HERO Sports and was a second-team overall All-American by HERO Sports. Hudson, finalist for the Walter Payton Award, was also named a second-team FCS All-American by the Associated Press. 

Freshman running back Darius Hale from Pearland, Texas, earned first-team freshman All-American honors from HERO Sports along with offensive lineman Justin Lairy from Madison, Miss. Hale finished second Monday in the Jerry Rice Award balloting, which goes to the top FCS freshman in the nation. 

Defensive end Logan Jessup from Wynne, Ark., was a second-team sophomore All-American.

UCA’s five honorees on the HERO Sports teams were the most of any school in the ASUN Conference. Hudson was the ASUN Offensive Player of the Year, while Hale was the ASUN Freshman of the Year. Lairy and Jessup were both named to the All-ASUN team last month.

Levi GIlbert