Written by Jason Knavel, assistant professor. Dr.. for strategic communications
Elon, NC – Elon University football seniors Skylar Davis And Marcus Hellman Named an All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Only 24 student-athletes across the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) have been recognized as an All-American and Elon was one of only six programs with multiple All-Americans.
Davis finished a remarkable career with one of the greatest seasons ever by any footballer. He was 18 of 22 on field goals, which included 7 of 8 from over 50 yards. The seven field goals of at least 50 yards tied an FCS single-season record, a mark that had not been touched in nearly 40 years. The other two record holders took 12 attempts from over 50 yards to make seven. No other player in the country at any level of college football has hit more than four field goals over 50 yards in 2022. Davis finished his career seventh in FCS history with 69 field goals. He broke the school record with a 53-yard field goal this year and made a 42-yard catch with 37 seconds left in regulation to tie Richmond, a game Elon would go on to win in overtime. He hit a pair of Elon FCS-plus 50-yard field goals, tying the school record for 50-plus yards in a single game, which he had set during the 2021 season.
Davis was previously recognized as an AFCA First Team All-American, Stats Perform First Team All-America, Associated Press First Team All-America, and FCS ADA First Team All-America. He was also named First Team All-American by Phil Steele and the Bluebloods. Davis earned First Team All-CAA honors and was a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place Kicker Award, recognizing him as the best non-FBS player. Davis was named a FCS ADA Academic All-Star and was one of ten finalists for the FCS ADA Graduate Scholarship.
Hillman led Elon with 83 tackles and had career-best 18.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He added four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four quarterback hurries and three passes defended. Hillman’s 18.5 tackles for loss ranks 10th nationally and is the most by a Phoenix linebacker since Nkang had 18.5 also in 2005. His sacks tied for 8.5 most in the Elon FCS era and put him 26th in the country. He is tied for seventh nationally in the no-fumble and among the top 15 no-fumbles. With eight forced fumbles, Hillman ranks first in FCS program history.
Besides being recognized as an All-American by Walter Camp, Hillman was also awarded first-team All-American status by Stats Perform, Associated Press, and HERO Sports. He finished fourth in national voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, National Defensive Player of the Year honors, and was named First Team All-CAA.
Prior to the 2022 season, Greg Leggs Jr. was the last Elon player to be a Walter Camp All-American in 2019. Only five former Elon football players have received the honor (Terrell Hodgins has been honored three times and Aaron Millett twice) and this is the first set of Elon’s teammates have been honored since Hudgins and Andrew Wilcox in 2008.
Elon’s football team went 8-4 in 2022 and 6-2 in CAA Football play and is slated to return 11 starters in 2023 (seven on offense and four on defense). Phoenix finished the 2022 season ranked No. 17 in the country, the program’s second-highest end-of-season ranking in FCS history, and earned a bid to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2018. Elon defeated three ranked teams during the season, including a handoff of national seed William Marie’s only regular defeat of the season. Phoenix was a perfect 5-0 at home and finished 2022 with a six-game unbeaten streak inside Rhodes Stadium, the longest unbeaten streak in stadium history.
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