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BASILE AND THOMPSON EARN AP ALL-AMERICAN HONORS

Monmouth University's Mike Basile and Alex Thompson have been named to the Associated Press' All-America teams.

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WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Monmouth University's Mike Basile (Brick, NJ/Brick Memorial) and Alex Thompson (Lawnside, NJ/Haddon Heights/Milford) have been named to the Associated Press' All-America teams, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm very happy for both Mike and Alex," said Head Coach Kevin Callahan. "In addition to their outstanding play on the field, their leadership as captains was a key ingredient to our success this season."

Basile becomes the first Hawk to earn First Team All-America honors in the program's 25 year history. The senior was the Big South's Co-Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in tackles. Basile led the nation in solo tackles, setting both the school and conference record for career solo stops. A few weeks ago, he became the only Monmouth football player to earn first team all-conference honors for four consecutive seasons. The Brick, NJ native is the fourth among all active FCS players in tackles with 433 tackles and finished sixth in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award. He was a Consensus Second Team All-American as a junior in 2016.

Thompson, who was named Third Team All-American, anchored an offensive line that produced one of the most potent offenses in all of the FCS. The senior started every game at center for the Hawks and closed his career starting 44 of 45 games and earning all-conference honors three consecutive years. The First Team All-Big South and First Team All-ECAC selection guided a Hawks offense that scored 32.8 points per game and counted a 2,000 yard passer and 1,000 yard rusher among its ranks.

Monmouth, which was ranked has high as 22nd during the season, wrapped up its 25th year of football with the program's first FCS Playoff Berth. The Hawks finished 9-3 overall, second in the Big South Conference and went 5-0 in its first season at the brand new Kessler Stadium. Basile finished sixth in the final voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, presented to the nation's top FCS defensive player while freshman running back Pete Guerriero finished ninth in the voting for the Jerry Rice Award (FCS Top Freshman). MU Head Coach Kevin Callahan has been named as a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

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