Cal Poly sophomore fullback Joe Protheroe was selected as a STATS FCS third-team All-American on Tuesday morning, one of 17 players chosen from the Big Sky Conference.
The Concord native rushed for 779 yards and six touchdowns in nine games during the fall, helping the Mustangs set the school and conference records for rushing yards in a single season.
A first-team all-Big Sky performer, Protheroe rushed for more than 100 yards four times, including a 121-yard, two-touchdown effort against Eastern Washington in early October. Playing the grueling fullback position in Cal Poly’s offense eventually took its toll on Protheroe, however, and he missed two of the final seven games with injuries.
Three of his four 100-yard performances came in September, a month in which he accumulated 98 of his 169 total carries.
The Big Sky had seven players earn first-team status and 17 overall, both national highs. The Missouri Valley Conference had six first-team performers and 13 overall.
Big Sky players named to the first team included: Montana wide receiver Jamall Jones, Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington offensive lineman Clay DeBord, Southern Utah defensive lineman James Cowser, Montana defensive lineman Tyrone Holmes, Sacramento State linebacker Darnell Sankey and Portland State defensive back Patrick Onwuasor.