- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 15, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Stephen F. Austin quarterback Jeremy Moses helped transform a program that went 0-11 in his freshman year into a conference champion and capped his record-breaking career with an All-American season.

The senior, who leads the nation in yards passing (3,998) and touchdown passes (34), was selected to The Associated Press FCS All-American team released Wednesday, along with running backs Nate Eachus of Colgate and Taiwan Jones of Eastern Washington.

Moses, from Baytown, Texas, broke his leg in the first game of his senior high school season and didn’t return until the playoffs. What little interest there was from major college teams was gone by that point and he was a day away from going to Blinn College, the junior college in east Texas made famous by Auburn’s Cam Newton, when he got a call from coach J.C. Harper, who had just taken the job at SFA.

Moses accepted the offer, the campus sight unseen.

He worked his way from fourth-string to starter by the middle of that winless first season.

“It really makes you look at yourself in the mirror and re-evaluate,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday night.

The next season Harper scrapped the pro-style offense he had been running, installed a spread similar to what Mike Leach used to run at Texas Tech, and Moses has flourished ever since with the quick-decision attack.

“That’s been my biggest strength, being able to get the ball out of my hands quickly,” he said.

Moses led the Lumberjacks to a Southland Conference title and a spot in the FCS playoffs this season, setting conference records for career yards passing and total offense along the way. He’s a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top player in what used to be known as Division I-AA.

His teammate, receiver Gralyn Crawford, made the All-America team as an all-purpose player.

“We want SFA to be in contention for a conference championship every year,” Moses said. “Nothing would make me happier than to see SFA keep winning when I’m gone.”

Moses and SFA were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by defending FCS champion Villanova, which plays Jones and Eastern Washington in a semifinal game Friday.

Jones, second in the nation in rushing, was joined on the first-team by teammate J.C. Sherritt, a linebacker.

Offensive tackle Ben Ijalana, a 320-pound NFL prospect, was Villanova’s lone All-American.

Appalachian State, with defensive end Jabari Fletcher and safety Mark Legree, and Montana State, with offensive tackle Mike Person and kicker Jason Cunningham, also placed two players on the All-America team.

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