Chambers obtains Consensus All-America status

LAKE CHARLES – End of McNeese graduate defense Isaiah Chambers achieved Consensus All-American status for the second season in a row after being named All-America First Team by three other organizations – AFCA, Stats Perform and Athlon Sports.

The Houston native has previously won All-America First Team Honors by The Associated Press and the FCS Athletic Directors Association, while also winning Third Team Honors by Hero Sports.

It becomes the 17th All-American Consensus in school history.

Last week, he became the first McNeese player to win consecutive AP All-American first-team honors since running back Toddrick Pendland in 2008 and 2009 and the sixth first multi-year teammate in school history to join. Pendland, Bryan Smith (2006 and 2007), Roderick Royal (2002 and 2003), Terry Irving (1992 and 1993) and James Files (1974 and 1975).

During his two-year career at McNeese, Chambers was an eight-time U.S. first-team all-star, two-time Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year, two-time All-First Team Selection SLC and placed seventh and fourth, respectively, in the vote for the FCS Buck Buchanan Award which is given to the best defensive player in the division of the soccer championship.

Chambers led the Southland Conference with 10.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss last season, marking the second consecutive year leading the league in both categories. He ended his two-year career at McNeese by becoming the first player to average one sack per game in school history with 18 quarterback sacks in 18 career games played. He’s logged 10.5 of his sacks this season in the last eight games of the year.

Twice selected for the All-Conference First Team, Chambers is only the second Cowboy player to be named the league’s top defensive player on multiple occasions (Terry Irving, 1992 and 1993) while also giving the Cowboys their fourth consecutive award. best conference defense (BJ Blunt, 2018; Chris Livings, 2019; Chambers 2020 and 2021) and 16 caps in total.

Isaiah Chambers McNeese File

2021 season

  • 1st All-American team (AP, AFCA, FCS ADA, Stats Perform, Athlon Sports)
  • 3rd All-American Team (Hero Sports)
  • Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year
  • 1st All-SLC team
  • 7th place in FCS Buck Buchanan Award vote

2020 season (played in spring 2021)

  • 1st all-American team (AP, AFCA, Stats Perform, Hero Sports, Phil Steele)
  • SLC Defensive Player of the Year
  • Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year
  • 1st All-SLC team
  • 1st All-Louisiana team
  • 4th place in FCS Buck Buchanan Award vote

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