ATLANTA--Georgia State football standouts Albert Wilson, Donald Russell, Jake Muasau, Ladeven Kirkland and Demarius Matthews have been named to the FCS Independent Football All Conference Team selected by College Sports Madness.
Wilson, the sophomore from Port St. Lucie, Fla., was selected at both wide receiver and punt returner. He was GSU's leading receiver with 37 catches for 772 yards (20.9 yds per catch) and six touchdowns in nine games. He ranked eighth in the nation in punt returns with an average of 11.9 yards per return. Wilson averaged 134.4 all-purpose yards per game.
Russell made an immediate impact in his first season at Georgia State after transferring from Kentucky. He led Georgia State with 665 yards on 128 carries, despite missing almost two full games to injury, and he scored a team-high nine touchdowns, including at least one score in the first seven games he played for GSU. The junior from West Palm Beach, Fla., became the first 100-yard rusher in school history when he gained a then school-record 136 yards on 20 carries in the Panthers' win over South Alabama.
Muasau has been the top playmaker on the Georgia State defense the last two years. This fall, the senior outside linebacker collected 56 tackles, eight tackles for loss, plus interceptions and a fumble recovery. He is GSU's career leader in tackles for loss (16.5) and interceptions (3), along with 106 career tackles, seven sacks, four fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.
Kirkland, a senior from Miami, Fla., started every game at right guard, helping the Panthers rank in the top 30 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed while improving their running game.
Matthews, a sophomore cornerback from Powder Springs, Ga., led the Panthers with nine pass breakups on the season, along with 33 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. He also averaged 22.7 yards on kickoff returns.