NACOGDOCHES, Texas (Press Release)– Stephen F. Austin wide receiver Tamrick Pace has been recognized as an FCS first team Freshman All-American by Hero Sports, announced today by the organization.
"This is an incredible honor for Tamrick, and we're proud to see him get the recognition he deserves," said head coach Clint Conque. "His numbers on the field speak for themselves, as he led our team in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, but he is also an incredible teammate and a great young man. I've said all season Tamrick has the potential to be one of the best (receivers) that has ever come through our program, which is saying a lot when you look at the names that are in the SFA record book."
• Full Hero Sports FCS Freshman All-America Team
Pace registered a breakout true freshman season in 2016, playing in all 11 games for the Lumberjacks with eight starts. He emerged as SFA's top receiving threat, leading the team in receptions (52), receiving yards (836) and touchdowns (eight). At the conference level, Pace finished fourth in receiving yards per game (76.0) and was seventh in receptions per game (4.7), tying for fifth among all receivers in touchdown receptions, earning honorable mention All-Southland Conference honors.
The Brownsboro native made his mark on the national level as well, ranking second at the FCS level among all freshmen in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Pace's season was one for the Lumberjack record books as well, ranking second all-time in program history in all three categories for a freshman, registering four 100-yard receiving games in 2016.
Pace was one of four Southland Conference players named first team selections, joined by fellow wide receiver Nathan Stewart of Sam Houston State with Nicholls defensive lineman Sully Laiche and linebacker Allen Pittman filling defensive slots. Colonels quarterback Chase Fourcade was an honorable mention selection as well.