Anderson Selected to AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America First Team

Anderson Selected to AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America First Team

WACO, TEXAS — Augustana (S.D.) quarterback Trey Heid and McKendree (Ill.) defensive lineman Lucky Baar head-line the 2016 AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Teams announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. Beginning this year, the AFCA has started selecting a first and second team. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

Heid, a finalist for the 2016 Harlon Hill Award, set Augustana single season records with 3,582 passing yards and 41 passing touchdowns. He accounted for 51 total touchdowns in 2016, leading Augustana with 721 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Heid led all of NCAA Division II with 391.2 yards of total offense per game in 2016.

Baar closed the year with 55 total tackles, and led the Bearcats with 21.5 tackles for loss (third in the nation) and 17.5 quarterback sacks (tied for first in the nation). Baar is NCAA Division II's career leader in quarterback sacks with 46.5, and he owns the McKendree record for tackles for loss with 65.5.

West Virginia Wesleyan senior tailback Michael Anderson was named to the First Team.

Late last month, Anderson was recognized as one of seven nominees from Super Region 1 for the Harlon Hill Award, which recognizes NCAA Division II football's most outstanding player.

Anderson was also named the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Year and named to the All-MEC First Team.

Anderson rushed for 1,417 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2016 season.

He led the MEC in rushing and was sixth in the country in rushing yards.

Anderson had seven 100-yard rushing games on the year, including a league-best 237 against Concord in September.

He also led Wesleyan in receptions this year with 40 and had 299 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Anderson was the lone player from the Mountain East Conference to make an appearance on the First or Second Teams.


2016 AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America - First Team

Offense

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

QB  Trey Heid 6-2 199 Sr. Augustana (S.D.) Jerry Olszewski Lakeville, Minn. (North)

RB Michael Anderson 5-9 190 Sr. West Virginia Wesleyan Del Smith Elkridge, Md. (Howard)

RB Chris Robinson 5-9 193 Jr. Delta St. (Miss.) Todd Cooley Bude, Miss. (Franklin County)

WR Garry Brown 6-1 200 Sr. California (Pa.) Gary Dunn Columbus, Ohio (Westerville South)

WR Xavier Ayers 5-11 180 Sr. Western New Mexico Adam Clark Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque)

TE *Adam Shaheen 6-6 277 R-Jr. Ashland (Ohio) Lee Owens Galena, Ohio (Big Walnut)

OL *Jordan Morgan 6-4 320 R-Sr. Kutztown (Pa.) Jim Clements Philadelphia, Pa. (Parkway Northwest)

OL Zach Voytek 6-5 305 Sr. New Haven (Conn.) Chris Pincince Trumbull, Conn. (Trumbull)

OL Nate Theaker 6-6 303 Gr. Wayne St. (Mich.) Paul Winters White Lake, Mich. (Lakeland)

OL Jac'que Polite 6-5 300 Sr. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) Kienus Boulware Ridgeland, S.C. (Ridgeland)

OL Alex Cappa 6-7 305 R-Jr. Humboldt St. (Calif.) Rob Smith Dublin, Calif. (Dublin)


Defense

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

DL Lucky Baar 6-2 250 Sr. McKendree (Ill.) Mike Babcock Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)

DL Collin Bevins 6-6 285 Sr. Northwest Missouri St. Adam Dorrel Creston, Iowa (Creston)

DL Dylan Donahue 6-3 240 Sr. West Georgia Will Hall Billings, Mont. (West)

DL Sie Doe, Jr. 6-1 230 Sr. Fort Hays St. (Kan.) Chris Brown Cleveland, Ohio (Lakewood)

LB Connor Harris 6-0 243 Sr. Lindenwood (Mo.) Patrick Ross Lee's Summit, Mo. (Blue Springs South)

LB Cody Burtscher 5-11 230 Sr. Tarleton St. (Texas) Todd Whitten Burleson, Texas (Burleson)

LB Osband Thompson 6-0 194 Jr. Tuskegee (Ala.) Willie Slater Miami, Fla. (Jackson)

DB Philbert Martial 5-10 166 Sr. North Alabama Bobby Wallace Mobile, Ala. (McGill-Toolen)

DB Kenny Moore 5-9 185 Sr. Valdosta St. (Ga.) Kerwin Bell Valdosta, Ga. (Lowndes)

DB Dustin Rivas 5-11 180 Jr. Colorado Mesa Russ Martin Thornton, Colo. (Horizon)

DB Drew Hebel 5-11 172 R-So. Black Hills St. (S.D.) John Reiners Broomfield, Colo. (Legacy)


Specialists

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

PK Cole Antley 5-10 150 So. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) Todd Knight Atlanta, Ga. (East Coweta)

P Hector Dominguez 5-10 190 Sr. Texas A&M-Commerce Colby Carthel Hacienda Heights, Calif. (Wilson)

AP Kamal Cass 5-11 185 Jr. Eastern New Mexico Josh Lynn Clovis, N.M. (Clovis)

*-2015 AFCA All-American


2016 AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America - Second Team

Offense

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

QB  Jeff Kidd 6-4 227 Sr. LIU-Post (N.Y.) Bryan Collins Salem, Ore. (Sprague)

RB Austin Ekeler 5-9 195 Sr. Western State Colorado Jas Bains Eaton, Colo. (Eaton)

RB Max Mickey 5-9 185 Jr. Sioux Falls (S.D.) Jed Stugart Holden, Mo. (Holden)

WR Marcel Newson 5-11 195 Sr. Mississippi College John Bland Coldwater, Miss. (Coldwater)

WR Damon Gibson 6-4 230 Jr. Minnesota St.-Moorhead Steve Laqua  Beardsley, Minn. (Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley)

TE Kenny Johnston 6-4 220 R-Sr. Florida Tech Steve Englehart Jacksonville, Fla. (Stanton College Prep)

OL Stephen Evans 6-4 301 Sr. North Alabama Bobby Wallace Boston, Mass. (Arch Bishop Williams)

OL Zachary Douglas 6-2 297 R-Sr. Ashland (Ohio) Lee Owens Marshallville, Ohio (Smithville)

OL Peter Bateman 6-6 285 Sr. Minnesota-Duluth Curt Wiese La Crescent, Minn. (La Crescent)

OL Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy 6-3 285 Sr. Midwestern St. (Texas) Bill Maskill Hilo, Hawaii (Kamehameha-Hawaii)

OL Jared Machorro 6-7 280 Jr. Texas A&M-Commerce Colby Carthel Coldspring, Texas (Oakhurst)


Defense

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

DL Trevon Biglow 6-1 240 Sr. Harding (Ark.) Ronnie Huckeba Oklahoma City, Okla. (Putnam City)

DL Ray Edwards 6-1 225 Sr. Wingate (N.C.) Joe Reich Sacramento, Calif. (Highlands)

DL Marcus Martin 6-3 245 R-Jr. Slippery Rock (Pa.) Shawn Lutz West Mifflin, Pa. (West Mifflin)

DL Zach Sieler 6-6 275 So. Ferris St. (Mich.) Tony Annese Pinckney, Mich. (Pinckney)

LB Tyke Kozeal 6-0 240 Sr. Nebraska-Kearney Josh Lamberson Sargent, Neb. (Sargent)

LB Jordan Herdman 6-2 235 R-Sr. Simon Fraser (B.C.) Kelly Bates Winnipeg, Man. (Sturgeon Heights Collegiate)

LB *Kyle Kitchens 6-2 205 Jr. Catawba (N.C.) Curtis Walker Decatur, Ga. (Decatur)

DB C.J. Broussard 6-0 198 Sr. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Victor Santa Cruz Clovis, Calif. (Clovis)

DB Matt McKoy 6-2 212 Sr. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) Jim Collins Canton, Mich. (Canton)

DB Raheem Wilson 5-11 185 Sr. Southeastern Oklahoma Bo Atterberry DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)

DB Marcus Sayles 5-10 170 Sr. West Georgia Will Hall Alpharetta, Ga. (Chattahooche)


Specialists

Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)

PK Ryan Sheehan 5-10 180 Jr. Colorado Mesa Russ Martin Chandler, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe)

P *Brett Benes 6-0 180 Sr. Charleston (W.Va.) Pat Kirkland Boca Raton, Fla. (Cardinal Newman)

AP Richie Sanders 5-7 185 R-Sr. Mercyhurst (Pa.) Marty Schaetzle Painesville, Ohio (Lake Catholic)

*-2015 AFCA All-American


Team Background: The five teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — FBS and FCS. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the AFCA started selecting an NAIA-only team.

From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997, a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006.


Selection Process: The AFCA's Division II All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's seven districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the teams are chosen.

The Award: Members of the AFCA Coaches' All-America First Team will receive a plaque commemorating their selection to the team, while members of the Second Team will receive a certificate.

Consecutive Years: Texas A&M-Kingsville had at least one player named to the AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team for 18 straight seasons, from 1986 to 2003, the longest streak by any team in Division II. Northwest Missouri State is second, having had 16 straight selections from 1996-2011. Pittsburg State has the third longest streak at nine straight selections from 1988-96. Texas A&M-Commerce has the longest active streak with four straight selections from 2013 to today.  

Top Teams: Texas A&M-Kingsville has been represented a total of 34 times by 30 players on the AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team, to lead all schools. Trailing Texas A&M-Kingsville is Northwest Missouri State (21/16), Pittsburg State (20/16), North Alabama (19/18), Texas A&M-Commerce (19/17), Indiana (Pa.) (18/16), Ferris State (17/14), Carson-Newman (16/15), Grand Valley State (16/15), Mississippi College (15/14), New Haven (14/14), American International (14/13), Ashland (14/13), Valdosta State (14/12), Indianapolis (11/11), Saginaw Valley State (12/12), Catawba (12/10), Angelo State (11/10), West Texas A&M (10/10), Winston-Salem State (10/10), Colorado Mesa (11/9), Eastern New Mexico (10/9), St. Cloud State (10/9), Slippery Rock (10/9), Central State (10/8) and LIU-Post (10/8).

Repeat After Me:  Texas A&M-Kingsville's Johnny Bailey is the only player to earn Coaches' All-America honors in four consecutive years at any level. Bailey was a four-year pick at running back in 1986-87-88-89.

Back-to-Back: Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen, Kutztown offensive lineman Jordan Morgan, Catawba linebacker Kyle Kitchens and Charleston punter Brett Benes are the four players who earned AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America honors for the second consecutive season in 2016.

Two Players, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds and placekicker Greg Zuerlein are the only players to earn Coaches' All-America honors at two different schools. Bounds was named to the AFCA College Division I team in 1990 while playing for West Texas A&M. He transferred to Texas Tech after West Texas dropped football and earned I-A All-America honors as a Red Raider in 1991. Zuerlein was named to the Division II Coaches' All-America Team in 2009 while playing for Nebraska-Omaha. He transferred to Missouri Western State after Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program and earned Division II honors in 2011 as a Griffon. 

Class Distinction: This year's Division II Coaches' All-America Team is made up of 34 seniors, 12 juniors, three sophomores and one graduate student.

It's Been A While: Running back Michael Anderson from West Virginia Wesleyan, wide receiver Damon Gibson from Minnesota State-Moorhead and linebacker Jordan Herdman from Simon Fraser have earned AFCA Coaches' All-America Team honors for their schools for the first time since 1982, 1984 and 1990, respectively.

First Time's A Charm: Ouachita Baptist place-kicker Cole Antley, Black Hills State defensive back Drew Hebel and Florida Tech tight end Kenny Johnston earned honors for their schools for the first time in AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team history.