Godfrey, Kniess earn D2Football.com All-America honors
Brian Godfrey named to second-team honors;
Josh Kniess receives honorable mention status
Dec. 21, 2004
Slippery Rock, Pa. - Rock standouts Brian Godfrey and Josh Kniess were named to All-America honors by D2Football.com.
Godfrey, a senior nose tackle from Cheswick and Springdale High School, earned second-team All-America honors.
Kniess, a junior running back and return specialist from Butler and Slippery Rock High School, was received honorable mention status as a return specialist.
The All-America honors were the latest in a series of honors bestowed up Godfrey and Kniess,
Godfrey was previously named to first-team All-Northeast Region honors by D2Football.com and second-team all-region honors in balloting by sports information directors sponsored by Daktronics, Inc.
The 12th player in Rock football history to earn an invitation to play in the Cactus Bowl, NCAA Division II all-star game (Jan. 7 in Kingsville, Texas), Godfrey also earned first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division for a third successive season.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Godfrey had 25 solo and 11 assisted tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble in his senior season at SRU. He finished his four-year Rock career with 85 solo and 60 assisted tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks.
Prior to the 2004 season, Godfrey was named to first-team preseason All-America honors by the Don Hansen Football Gazette and to second-team preseason All-America honors by D2football.com.
In 2003, as a junior, Godfrey was named to second-team All-Northeast Region honors by D2football.com and third-team all-region honors by the Football Gazette.
Godfrey, who twice tied the SRU school record for quarterback sacks in a single game with three, is the 12th Rock player to be invited to the Cactus Bowl since the contest's inception in 1994.
Kniess' selection as a second-team All-America and first-team all-region return specialist by D2Football.com came on the heels of his being named to first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors in that category. He was also a second-team All-PSAC-West selection as a running back for the second straight season.
Kniess led the PSAC and ranked third nationally in punt returns with an 18.8 yards per return average and three touchdowns this fall. He was also third in the PSAC and 15th nationally in all-purpose yardage (161.8 yards per game) and fifth in the PSAC and 30th nationally in rushing (107.5 yards per game). He rushed for 1,183 yards (9th most in SRU history) and 13 TDs (3rd best) this fall and is among The Rock's all-time leaders in rushing, rushing TDs, scoring and all-purpose yardage.
He also finished the season ranked third 19th nationally in scoring.