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Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes was named the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Football Garners Multiple All-Conference and All-American Members

The College Football Network’s All-Sun Belt and Freshman All-America teams include recognition for members of App State’s division-winning football team, including kicker Michael Hughes being named the Sun Belt’s Special Teams Player of the Year and Jackson Greene winning the Sun Belt’s Special Teamer of the Year honor.

Tyrek Funderburk received first-team All-Sun Belt recognition as a cornerback, while edge rusher Nate Johnson was honorable mention for CFN’s Freshman All-America team.

Hughes was named both the league’s top kicker and kickoff specialist by CFN. Through 13 games, including Saturday’s Sun Belt Championship Game, he has made 17 of 20 field-goal attempts and all 53 extra-point attempts for a total of 104 points scored.

He has made his last nine field goals, and removing a blocked kick that didn’t have an opportunity to reach the uprights, he hasn’t had a field goal sail wide over his last 16 attempts. On kickoffs, Hughes has 33 touchbacks this season, along with lots of directional kicks that yielded short returns.

According to PFF, Greene has totaled 247 special teams snaps (third-most in the Sun Belt) with 83 on kickoff coverage, 69 on kickoff returns, 51 on punt coverage and 39 on punt returns. He has been credited with a league-best nine special teams tackles, including two stops apiece against Southern Miss, James Madison and Georgia Southern late in the regular season.

Funderburk has intercepted four passes this season, with two resulting in pick-six touchdown returns, and Johnson has recorded 7.5 sacks.

Second-team All-Sun Belt honors went to QB Joey Aguilar, WR Kaedin Robinson and LB Andrew Parker Jr.

The third-team honorees were RB Nate Noel, OG Bucky Williams, OT Jack Murphy and DT Santana Hopper, while SAF Jordan Favors received honorable mention.