PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Elon senior wide receiver Aaron Mellette was named as one of six repeat members of The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-America First Team on Monday, Dec. 10.
Mellette was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection by both the league's coaches and media members and placed eighth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented annually to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
The Sanford, N.C., native concluded the season with a league-leading 108 points and 18 receiving touchdowns. The TD catches are tied for the second-most ever in a single season in SoCon history.
In his senior year, Mellette caught 97 passes for 1,398 yards. He led the SoCon and ranked second nationally in both receptions per game (8.82) and receiving yards per game (127.09).
He eclipsed 100 receiving yards in eight of Elon's 11 contests, including matching career-highs with 237 yards and three touchdowns against Appalachian State on Oct. 6. Mellette posted a six-game span in which he caught at least two touchdowns. He will participate in the upcoming Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 26.
For his career in the maroon and gold, Mellette posted 4,254 receiving yards, 304 receptions, 44 touchdown catches and 23 100-yard games. All of those numbers rank second in both Elon and Southern Conference history.
This is the second All-America award of the postseason for Mellette. He has already earned All-America distinction from the American Football Coaches Association.
2012 The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-America First Team
QB - Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
RB - Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook
RB - Zach Zenner, South Dakota State
FB - Eric Breitenstein, Wofford
WR - Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois
WR - Aaron Mellette, Elon
TE - A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
OL - Michael Bamiro, Stony Brook
OL - Mike Sellers, The Citadel
OL - Billy Turner, North Dakota State
OL - Earl Watford, James Madison
OL - Bryan Witzmann, South Dakota State
AP - Walter Powell, Murray State
PK - Patrick Murray, Fordham
KR - Jerodis Williams, Furman
DE - Caleb Schreibeis, Montana State
DE - Colton Underwood, Illinois State
DT - Cody Larsen, Southern Utah
DT - Brent Russell, Georgia Southern
LB - Matt Evans, New Hampshire
LB - Jeremy Kimbrough, Appalachian State
LB - Robert McCabe, Georgetown
LB - Jody Owens, Montana State
DB - Jaquiski Tartt, Samford
DB - Cooper Taylor, Richmond
DB - Darnell Taylor, Sam Houston State
DB - Marcus Williams, North Dakota State
P - Andy Wilder, Northern Arizona
PR - Dominic Gunn, Northern Colorado
Elon Sports Information Dept.