Zack Wagenmann

Montana defensive end Zack Wagenmann

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All-America teams just aren't complete without Montana's record-breaking defensive end Zack Wagenmann.

The Missoula native and Sentinel High School graduate picked up his fourth All-America nod Tuesday when The Sports Network FCS All-America Team included Montana's all-time leading sack master.

Wagenmann was chosen for the first-team defense and Grizzly free safety Matt Hermanson earned a third-team spot. Hermanson was chosen to The Associated Press FCS All-America team last week as well.

A 6-3 ½, 255-pound defender, Wagenmann was also a first-team AP selection, as well as earning first-team picks for the AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team and the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America Team.

Wagenmann's Grizzly football career wrapped up this season with a third-place finish in the balloting for the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award (FCS defensive player of the year). He was nationally ranked in sacks (third, 1.25 pg), tackles for loss (13th, 1.6 pg), and forced fumbles (sixth, 0.43 pg).

The defensive co–captain -- with tackle Tonga Takai -- had 22.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and 74 total tackles in 2014, and he was named the Big Sky’s MVP on defense.

A three-time first-team all-league selection, Wagenmann played in 52 career games and started 38 in a row from 2012-14. He set Montana career records in sacks (37.5), tackles for loss (49), and forced fumbles. His six forced fumbles tied the school record (Andy Petek, 2000). Wagenmann was the co-recipient of the Grizzlies’ Steve Carlson Award (MVP), sharing it with senior quarterback Jordan Johnson.

A three-year starter from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the 6-1, 202-pound Hermanson was a first team All-Big Sky pick this past season. He led the league with six interceptions, and was UM’s third leading tackler with 109 total stops. He was a second team all-conference selection as a junior, and tabbed honorable mention as a sophomore.

Hermanson played in 49 career games and started 37. He also left his mark in the Grizzly record book, finishing with 348 career tackles, which ties him with linebacker Kent Clausen (348, 1976-79) for the third most in school history. His 11 career interceptions tie him for the sixth most ever at UM.

North Dakota State, which plays Illinois State with a fourth consecutive Bison national title on the line Jan. 10, led all teams with six Sports Network All-America picks. Buchanan winner and D-end Kyle Emanuel led the charge.

The Big Sky Conference's 12 selections were tied for second with the Colonial Athletic Conference, but far behind the Missouri Valley Conference's 18. Both NDSU and Illinois State hail from the MVC.

Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp and Sacramento State wideout DeAndre Carter were both first-teamers and Cal Poly linebacker Nick Dzubnar and Portland State punter Kyle Loomis joined Wagenmann on the defensive first team off Big Sky programs.

Eastern's record-breaking quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. was second team behind passer John Robertson of Villanova.

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