Three graduates of metro-area high schools were named FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) first-team All-Americas by the Associated Press on Thursday.
The players are defensive back Marcus Williams (Hopkins High School) and offensive lineman Paul Cornick (Orono) of North Dakota State and offensive lineman Tom Compton (Rosemount) of South Dakota.
Williams, a 5-11, 186-pound sophomore from Minneapolis, is fourth nationally with seven interceptions this season. He is one interception away from school record of eight set by Frank Esposito in 1953. The Bison play host to Georgia Southern on Saturday in the FCS semifinals.
Williams had a memorable homecoming in NDSU's 37-24 victory over the Gophers on Sept. 24 at TCF Bank Stadium, scoring two defensive touchdowns. The second was a 40-yard interception return with 2:36 remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the game.
"To be honest, it was pretty emotional, really," he said at the time.
Cornick, a 6-6, 309-pound senior, has graded out 95.6 percent this season with 84 knockdown blocks and has allowed just one sack.
Compton, a 6-6, 314-pound senior, anchored an offensive line that helped lead the Coyotes to 6-5 record.
Div. III final tonight
Two-time defending champion Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-0) and Mount Union (14-0) will meet for an unprecedented seventh consecutive time in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl on Friday night at Salem (Va.) Stadium. The teams have split the six meetings, with Whitewater winning three of the Past four.
The Warhawks have also won 44 in a row, last losing to Mount Union.