NIU sophomore cornerback Shawun Lurry completed his All-America collection Monday when he was named a first team 2015 AutoNation FWAA All-American by the Football Writer’s Association of American (FWAA). He is just the second Huskie player ever chosen to the All-America team selected by the FWAA annually since 1944, as he joins former NIU tailback LeShon Johnson, who was named to the team in 1993.
Lurry, who was selected to the Walter Camp Second Team last Thursday, earned third team All-America honors from the Associated Press on Sunday and received honorable mention recognition from SI.com last week. He is one of two sophomores on the AutoNation FWAA All-America first team defense and is one of only two players from outside the “Power 5” conferences on the entire first team.
Lurry leads the FBS in interceptions with nine and in interception return yards with 273. His 23 passes defended (nine interceptions and 14 pass break-ups) rank second in the country. He has set the NIU modern day FBS school record for interceptions in a season and his 273 return yards in 2015 broke the school’s single season AND career marks.
Lurry is just the fourth NIU player ever to be named a first team All-American. He is the third Huskie in the last three seasons to achieve first team status, joining quarterback Jordan Lynch and safety Jimmie Ward, who were honored in 2013.
NIU (8-5) will take on Boise State (8-4) in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in the first-ever meeting between two of the winningest FBS teams in the country over the last five seasons.