Cobb County’s Bryson Armstrong and Quay Holmes have been named 2019 HERO Sports Preseason All-Americans.
Armstrong, a rising junior at Kennesaw State, was named to HERO’s second team and will return to anchor the Owls defense and help them try to win their third straight Big South Conference championship.
It is the latest in a long line of accolades for the former Kell High School standout, who was the 2017 Jerry Rice Award winner as the nation’s best freshman. Last season was Armstrong’s second first-team all-Big South selection at linebacker after finishing with 75 tackles, 56 solo, 10 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
The highlight of Armstrong’s season may have come against Jacksonville State in the first football game played at SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. He finished with seven tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit, but the biggest play may have been the last when he intercepted a pass in the end zone to secure Kennesaw State’s 60-52, five overtime victory. It helped Armstrong become a 2018 HERO Sports Sophomore All-America First Team selection.
Holmes, a rising sophomore at East Tennessee State, earned second team honors as the all-purpose player as he hopes to better a season that earned him the Southern Confrence Freshman of the Year and a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award. The former McEachern High School standout finished the season with 928 rushing yards, 279 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns. he finished the year with 1,480 all-purpose yards and five 100-yard rushing games.
Holmes best game of the year may have come in November when he ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-18 win over Mercer, which helped East Tennessee earn its first FCS playoff appearance in program history.
Holmes also earned First Team All-SoCon Offense, Second Team All-SoCon Special Teams and SoCon All-Freshman Team was named to the HERO Sports Freshman All-American team last season.
Kennesaw State’s Isaac Foster earned third team preseason honors as the return specialist. The rising sophomore from Chattooga High School had seven kickoff returns for 272 yards, including 100-yard touchdown returns against Alabama State and Gardner-Webb. He also led the Owls in punt returns with 164 yards on 20 attempts.
Foster ended the season as the 2018 Big South Special Teams Player of the Year and a HERO Sports Freshman All-America First Team selection.