Arkansas State RB Johnnie Lang racks up more All-American honors

Arkansas State RB returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD Saturday in a win over ULM.
Arkansas State RB returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD Saturday in a win over ULM.(Source: KAIT)
Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 7:03 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2023 at 4:58 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Arkansas State football had a losing season, but Red Wolves are earning Conference and national accolades for individual performances.

Kicker Dominic Zvada earned another Freshman All-American nod. The Arizona native was selected by the Football Writers Association of America. He’s the first player in Arkansas State football history to be named to five Freshman All-American teams. Zvada was also honored by The Athletic, 247 Sports, Pro Football Focus, and College Football News.

K Dominic Zvada (FWAA Freshman All-American, The Athletic Freshman All-American, 247 Sports True Freshman All-American, College Football News Freshman All-American 1st Team, PFF All-True Freshman Team, All-SBC 1st Team, Lou Groza Award Semifinalist)

- Zvada made 17 of 18 field goals in 2022. Six of those kicks were good from over 40 yards. His 56 yarder at Texas State is tied for the 2nd longest in FBS this season. The Arizona native made 30 of 31 PATs.

RB Johnnie Lang (College Football Network All-American 1st Team, PFF All-American 2nd Team, Phil Steele All-American 3rd Team, College Football Network Kick Returner of the Year, CBS Sports All-American Honorable Mention, All-SBC 2nd Team)

- Lang led the Sun Belt and FBS with 886 kick return yards. He had a 98 yard kickoff return for a TD in October vs. ULM. Lang finished 2022 with 1630 all purpose yards, good for 13th nationally. It’s the 3rd time in the last 4 years that a Red Wolf has earned All-American honors (2019 - Omar Bayless, 2021 - Alan Lamar)

TE Seydou Traore (College Football News All-American Honorable Mention, All-SBC 1st Team)

- Traore ranked first in the Sun Belt Conference among tight ends for receptions (50) and receiving yards (655), while also ranking second among the same group for touchdown receptions (4). He ranks third among FBS tight ends for receiving yards and yards per catch (13.10). He recorded a career-high 120 receiving yards and a touchdown against Memphis and was responsible for at least 50 receiving yards in six games.

DL Kivon Bennett (All-SBC 3rd Team)

- Bennett ranked sixth in the Sun Belt in fumbles forced and 13th in sacks with 5.5. He led all A-State defensive linemen in tackles with 50 and was first on the team in tackles for loss (9.5) and sacks (5.5)

All-SBC Honorable Mention

- QB James Blackman

- OL Jordan Rhodes

- WR Champ Flemings

- DL TW Ayers