Shotwell is part of the American team of the Walter Camp Foundation
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly senior linebacker Matt Shotwell, fourth in the entire NCAA Division I football championship subdivision in tackles during the regular season this fall, was named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-American team.
Only one team is selected and Shotwell is one of four linebackers selected. The last Mustang to earn a spot on the Walter Camp Foundation All-American team was fullback Joe Protheroe in 2018.
Named a third-team All-American by The Associated Press last month, Shotwell finished the 2021 season with 127 tackles, No. 5 for a single season at Cal Poly. Only Western Illinois’ Darius Joiner (142), Fordham’s James Conway (131) and Houston Baptist’s Rodney Dansby (130) have had more FCS tackles in 11 regular season games.
“He’s a great leader, an incredible person and he’s brought so much to our football program, on and off the field,” the Cal Poly head coach said. Handsome Baldwin. “He was a team captain for several years and I think he really deserves this award.”
A two-time All-Big Sky Conference third-team draft pick, Shotwell (6-0, 225, Goleta, Calif./Bishop Diego High School) was Cal Poly’s top tackler for the fourth time this season. His 345 career tackles rank fourth in the record books and Shotwell has 17 career games with double-digit tackles, including a career-high 19 against Idaho State in the second-to-last game of the season. 2021.
The inside linebacker scored his only touchdown as a Mustang in the Idaho State contest with a 22-yard interception return and also recorded a sack among his five tackles for lost yard, interrupted two assists and recovered a pair of fumbles.
He led the Big Sky with 127 tackles (76 solo) and averaged 11.5 tackles per game in the regular season. Montana State linebacker Troy Andersen (150 total tackles) and Montana safety Robby Hauck (128) passed Shotwell in the FCS playoffs.
Shotwell recorded 34 tackles in the three-game abbreviated 2020-21 spring season, 89 saves in 2019, 90 tackles in 2018 and four in 2017, his first season playing as a Mustang after a redshirt year in 2016 .
Only one other Mustang has led the team in the four years of his playing career – linebacker Jordan Beck from 2001 to 2004.
Shotwell had 176 tackles in his senior season at Bishop Diego, leading the Cardinals to a 12-1 mark.
He is the last of the four Shotwell brothers to have played football at Cal Poly. Kyle Shotwell was the Buck Buchanan Award winner in 2006 and was followed by Ryan and Troy.
The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the schools in the football championship subdivision and certified by the auditing and accounting firm Marcum LLP.
Walter Camp, “the father of American football”, first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University football athlete and coach – is also credited with developing the game at starting from scrum, set pieces, numerical evaluation of goals and tries and the limitation of the game to eleven men per team.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation, an all-volunteer group based in New Haven, was founded in 1967 to carry on Camp’s ideals and continue the tradition of selecting an All-America team each year. Visit www.waltercamp.org for more information.
Walter Camp Foundation All-American Team
(Cal Poly Players)
Jordan Beck (2004)
Chris Gocong (2004, 2005)
Ramses Barden (2007, 2008)
Nick Dzubnar (2014)
Joe Protheroe (2018)
Matt Shotwell (2021)