Monmouth’s Mike Basile Named FCS ADA Defensive Back of the Year
CLEVELAND- Monmouth University senior Mike Basile (Brick, NJ/Brick Memorial) has been named to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) 2017 All-America team, the organization announced on Thursday.
The fifth annual award recognizes the top student-athlete from FCS institutions at 11 different positions.
Basile, recently named First Team All-America by the Associated Press, led the country in solo tackles per game en route to setting both the Monmouth and Big South record in solo stops. His 126 tackles led all defensive backs The senior was named as the Big South’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year, helping the Hawks to a 9-3 record and the program’s first FCS playoff appearance. The safety also compiled 9.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, five passes defended and a pair of blocked kicks.
A few weeks ago, he became the only Monmouth football player to earn first team all-conference honors for four consecutive seasons. The Brick, NJ native is the fourth among all active FCS players in tackles with 433 tackles and finished sixth in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award. He was a consensus Second Team All-American as a junior in 2016.
The 2017 class includes athletes from 11 different institutions, representing six different conferences. Basile is the fourth player from the Big South to earn a spot on the prestigious team.
The following student-athletes will earn 2017 All-America honors from the FCS ADA, as the top players from each of their positions:
QB Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State (Southland)
RB Dominick Bragalone, Lehigh (Patriot)
WR Keelan Doss, UC Davis (Big Sky)
TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State (MVFC)
OL Austin Kuhnert, North Dakota State (MVFC)
PK Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls (Southland)
DL Andrew Ankrah, James Madison (CAA Football)
LB Brett Taylor, Western Illinois (MVFC)
DB Mike Basile, Monmouth (Big South)
RS Rashid Shaheed, Weber State (Big Sky)
P Joe Zema, Incarnate Word (Southland)
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 24th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.