Army junior running back Terry Baggett was a unanimous selection and was joined on the first team by senior offensive lineman Michael Kime on the 2013 FBS All-Independent Team. Voting was done by a national media panel that is responsible for choosing the FBS Independent Player of the Week awards.
Baggett was one of four players named on every ballot.
Sophomore kicker Daniel Grochowski and junior offensive linemen Ryan Powis and Stephen Shumaker were honorable-mention selections.
Baggett, who took over as the Black Knights lead rusher after an early-season injury to Raymond Maples, ran 141 times for 1,113 yards this season, an average of 7.9 yards per carry. He scored on a 96-yard touchdown run and set a school record with 305 yards rushing against Eastern Michigan Oct. 12. Baggett scored eight touchdowns and averaged 92.8 yards per game. He also caught six passes for 123 yards, an average of 20.5 yards per reception.
Kime, a left tackle and the team’s offensive captain, helped pave the way for an Army rushing attack that was among the nation’s best. Army averaged 311.8 rushing yards per game and 389.8 yards of total offense per game
Grochowski converted all 37 of his point-after touchdown attempts and was 8-of-11 on field goal attempts. He was second on the team in scoring with 60 points. Grochowski kicked a long field goal of 48 yards and averaged 58.2 yards on 48 kickoffs.
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds was the offensive player of the year; Brigham Young linebacker Kyle Van Noy was defensive player of the year.
Army senior wide receiver Patrick Laird will play in the East-West Shrine Game Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The 89th Shrine Game will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Former Atlanta Falcons and Houston Oilers head coach Jerry Glanville will coach the East; Romeo Crennel, a former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns, will coach the West.
The Shrine Game is the nation’s longest running college all-star game and was first played in 1925 with Army’s Gus Farwick and Edgar Garbisch participating.
Laird, a special teams contributor and wide receiver is the 28th Army player to compete in the game. Every year since 2002, Army has had a player chosen for the game.
Laird played in all 12 games during his senior season. He caught three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 9.3 yards per catch with a long reception of 14 yards.