WASHINGTON – The postseason awards continue to roll in for Gallaudet University senior cornerback Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) as he was named to the Beyond Sports College Network (BSCN) All-America first team on Wednesday.
The honor comes a day after Tatum was recognized by D3football.com as an All-East Region second team selection. In November, he was named the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Defensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year in addition to being placed on the all-conference first team twice as a return specialist and cornerback.
Though the ball was hardly thrown in his direction, Tatum finished the season with six interceptions, which tied him at No. 26 in the country for Division III. He scored four touchdowns, including two on special teams, one on offense and one on defense. Tatum added 24 total tackles and a forced fumble and his 15.14-yard punt return average was good for sixth in the country.
Throughout the season Tatum received several weekly honors as well. Three came in early September after a two interception, one touchdown performance in the school's first-ever win over Catholic University of America. He was named the Division III Defensive Player of the Week by BSCN, the scouting service website, as well as being named to the D3football.com Team of the Week and garnering its Play of the Week honor. Tatum was also named ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice during the season. The first came after returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in a win against Apprentice School, and the second followed a performance in which he recorded a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown against Norwich University. Finally, Tatum was recognized two more times after a season-ending victory over SUNY Maritime in which he returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown. He was named ECFC Defensive Player of the Week and made the D3football.com Team of the Week for that performance.
Castleton State College wide receiver Brandon Boyle made the BSCN All-America first team while his quarterback Shane Brozowski was a honorable mention selection.
The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and D3football.com have not announced their official All-America teams yet.
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