UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - After helping the Richmond Spiders football team earn a share of the 2012 CAA Championship, three Spider players were named All-Americans by Phil Steele. Senior DB Cooper Taylor was named to the second team, while senior FB Kendall Gaskins and senior TE Kevin Finney were named to the third team.
The All-America honor is the fifth for Taylor after a stellar season for the Spiders. Taylor was previously honored as a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press, The Sports Network and Walter Camp. The Atlanta, Ga. native was also named Second-Team All-America by Beyond College Sports as well as The Touchdown Club of Richmond's Division I National Defensive Back of the Year. On the season, Taylor totaled 78 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four interceptions in 2012.
For Gaskins, the All-America honor from Phil Steele is his third, as he was previously named Second-Team All-American by both The Sports Network and Beyond College Sports. A four-year starter for the Spiders, Gaskins leaves Richmond as one of the finest running backs to ever come through the program. A First-Team All-CAA honoree for the second time in his career in 2012, Gaskins led the CAA with 16 touchdowns this season, rushing for 604 yards on 148 carries. Gaskins also showed his versatility, catching 21 balls for 193 yards and three scores.
A four-year contributor and three-year starter for Richmond, Finney earned the first All-America accolade of his career after a fantastic senior campaign. In 2012, the Second-Team All-CAA honoree totaled 27 receptions for 247 yards and five touchdowns. The five scores were tied for the most in the conference amongst tight ends. Finney had one of the best games of his career against No. 2 James Madison, catching five balls for a career-best three touchdowns.
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