GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman offensive lineman Reed Kroeber has been named to the 2017 Hero Sports Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Freshman All-America Team, it was announced today.
Kroeber, a 6-foot-4, 284-pound redshirt freshman from Roswell, Ga., earned starts in all 13 games this past season — the first three at left tackle and final 10 at right guard, totaling 752 plays en route to collecting SoCon All-Freshman Team honors.
He played a key role in helping Furman average 225.8 ypg rushing (4.7 ypc) and produce 36 rushing touchdowns, clearing the way for All-SoCon running backs Antonio Wilcox (814 yds., 14 TDs) and Kealand Dirks (720 yds., 9 TDs).
Furman's offense paced the SoCon in scoring (32.6 ppg), ranked second in total offense (423.6 ypg), and surrendered an FCS low seven sacks.
A seventh place pick in the SoCon Coaches Preseason Poll, Furman went 8-5 and finished the season tied for second in the league standings, winning seven straight games in one stretch, the program's longest run since 1999. The Paladins advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs, claiming a 28-27 road victory over Elon.
Kroeber is the third Paladin offensive linenman to garner post-season laurels, joining consensus first team All-SoCon performers Matthew Schmidt, a center and the league's Jacobs Blocking Award winner, and guard Terrell Bush.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information