Reed and Anderson Headline 2016 Div. III All-America Teams

Hartwick wide receiver Koree Reed and Olivet punter Ryan Anderson headline the 2016 AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Team 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.

Reed led the nation in both reception yards (1,606) and reception yards per game (160.6), and led the Empire 8 Conference in five different statistical categories this season, also topping the league in yards per reception (27.69), receiving touchdowns (17) and all-purpose yards (167.10). Reed hit the century mark in receiving yards in nine of 10 games for the Hawks. Anderson broke the NCAA Division III record with a 46.2 punting average in 2016, which led the nation. Eighteen of his 47 punts went for more than 50 yards, with a long of 65 yards, and 15 landed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

2016 AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Team - First Team

Offense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
QB Sam Riddle 6-2 205 Sr. Linfield (Ore.) Joseph Smith Hillsboro, Ore. (Century)
RB *Dayton Winn 5-10 160 Sr. Hendrix (Ark.) Buck Buchanan Pea Ridge, Ark. (Pea Ridge)
RB *Sam Benger 5-8 185 Jr. Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) Rich Lackner Hingham, Mass. (Hingham)
WR Dan Arnold 6-6 220 Sr. Wis.-Platteville Mike Emendorfer Fargo, N.D. (Shanley)
WR Koree Reed 6-1 185 Jr. Hartwick (N.Y.) Mark Carr Baldwinsville, N.Y. (Baldwinsville)
TE Matt Page 6-5 230 Sr. Washington (Mo.) Larry Kindbom Oak Lawn, Ill. (Brother Rice)
OL Brooks Jenkins 6-4 285 Sr. Mount Union (Ohio) Vince Kehres Hilton Head, S.C. (Hilton Head)
OL Willie Britt 6-4 280 Sr. Muhlenberg (Pa.) Mike Donnelly Frenchtown, N.J. (Delaware Valley Regional)
OL Ben Eli 6-4 300 Sr. St. John’s (Minn.) Gary Fasching Avon, Minn. (Albany)
OL Trevor Meyer 6-2 300 Sr. Thomas More (Ky.) Regis Scafe West Harrison, Ind. (East Central)
OL Peter Gibson 6-1 284 Sr. Wheaton (Ill.) Mike Swider Watertown, Wis. (Watertown)

Defense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL *Chyron Brown-Wallace 6-0 295 Sr. St. Lawrence (N.Y.) Dan Puckhaber Rochester, N.Y. (Eastridge)
DL Teidrick Smith 6-1 240 Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) Pete Fredenburg Hallettsville, Texas (Hallettsville)
DL Brandon Tamsett 6-1 268 Sr. Wis.-Whitewater Kevin Bullis Waterford, Wis. (Waterford-Union)
DL Mamadou Soumahoro 6-2 228 Jr. Berry (Ga.) Tony Kunczewski Lawrenceville, Ga. (Berkmar)
LB Matt Barnes 6-1 225 Sr. Monmouth (Ill.) Chad Braun Colfax, Ill. (Ridgeview)
LB Jack Perez 6-1 225 Sr. Pacific (Ore.) Keith Buckley Petaluma, Calif. (Petaluma)
LB A.J. LiCata 6-1 210 Jr. Alfred (N.Y.) Bob Rankl Lake View, N.Y. (Frontier)
DB Dylan Stepleton 6-3 175 Sr. Coe (Iowa) Tyler Staker Tipton, Iowa (Wilton)
DB Jovon Dawson 6-0 185 Sr. John Carroll (Ohio) Tom Arth Cleveland, Ohio (Benedictine)
DB Jack Toner 6-2 175 Sr. Johns Hopkins (Md.) Jim Margraff Western Springs, Ill. (Benet Academy)
DB Austin Tennessee 6-1 195 Sr. Stevenson (Md.) Ed Hottle Columbia, Md. (Atholton)

Specialists

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
PK Will Gingery 6-4 195 Sr. Wittenberg (Ohio) Joe Fincham Bexley, Ohio (Bexley)
P *Ryan Anderson 6-3 200 Sr. Olivet (Mich.) Dan Pifer DeWitt, Mich. (DeWitt)
AP Alex Pasiewicz 6-0 200 Sr. Lake Forest (Ill.) Jim Catanzaro Beach Park, Ill. (Zion-Benton)

*-2015 AFCA All-American   

 

2016 AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Team - Second Team

Offense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
QB Tanner Matlick 6-4 230 Sr. Monmouth (Ill.) Chad Braun Reynolds, Ill. (Mercer County)
RB Dan Andrews 5-11 210 Sr. Brockport (N.Y.) Jason Mangone Rochester, N.Y. (Franklin)
RB Trevor Heitland 5-11 196 Sr. Coe (Iowa) Tyler Staker Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Kennedy)
WR Kevin Hammarlund 6-0 185 Sr. Washington (Mo.) Larry Kindbom Arlington Heights, Ill. (Saint Viator)
WR Jesse Zubik 5-10 180 Jr. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) Mike Sirianni Sewickley, Pa. (Avonworth)
TE Mitch Gallagher 6-1 240 Sr. St. Lawrence (N.Y.) Dan Puckhaber Malone, N.Y. (Franklin Academy)
OL Stephen Nnabue 6-2 280 Sr. Linfield (Ore.) Joseph Smith Issaquah, Wash. (Mount Si)
OL Broderick Jenkins 6-0 275 Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) Pete Fredenburg Frisco, Texas (Centennial)
OL Pat Sullivan 6-2 265 Sr. Mass.-Dartmouth Mark Robichaud Everett, Mass. (Everett)
OL Tony Koepnick 6-3 322 Sr. Wis.-Whitewater Kevin Bullis Sussex, Wis. (Hamilton)
OL Chris Simmons 6-3 300 Jr. Trinity (Conn.) Jeff Devanney Manchester, Conn. (Manchester)

Defense

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Anthony King-Foreman 6-2 238 Sr. St. Thomas (Minn.) Glenn Caruso Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie)
DL Byron Cooper 6-1 230 Sr. Widener (Pa.) Mike Kelly Philadelphia, Pa. (Imhotep)
DL Niles Scott 6-3 280 Jr. Frostburg St. (Md.) DeLane Fitzgerald Elkton, Md. (Elkton)
DL Austin Crow 6-2 245 Jr. Heidelberg (Ohio) Scott Donaldson Westerville, Ohio (Big Walnut)
LB Donavan Hayden 5-11 190 Sr. Bethany (W.Va.) Bill Garvey Hyattsville, Md. (Northwestern)
LB Kyle Burchett 6-1 200 Sr. Hiram (Ohio) Henry Stanford Fairport Harbor, Ohio (Harding)
LB Reese Dziedzic 6-0 230 Sr. Wis.-Oshkosh Pat Cerroni Crystal Lake, Ill. (Crystal Lake South)
DB Nicholas Morrow 6-1 220 Sr. Greenville (Ill.) Robbie Schomaker Huntsville, Ala. (Huntsville)
DB Kennedy Johnson 6-1 200 Sr. Linfield (Ore.) Joseph Smith Gresham, Ore. (Barlow)
DB Baylor Mullins 5-9 190 Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) Pete Fredenburg Merkel, Texas (Merkel)
DB Obi Etuka 6-0 190 Sr. Western New England Keith Emery Middletown, Conn. (Xavier)

Specialists

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
PK Drew Pearson 5-11 190 So. Wis.-Stout Clayt Birmingham Wausau, Wis. (West)
P Francis Cole 5-11 184 So. Anna Maria (Mass.) Vincent Sinagra Maspeth, N.Y. (St. Francis Prep)
AP Alex Bell 5-10 183 Jr. Hardin-Simmons (Texas) Jesse Burleson Midland, Texas (Lee)

*-2015 AFCA All-American

 

Team Background: The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. 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 — Division I-A and Division I-AA.

In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. The AFCA began selecting an NAIA-only team in 2006. Also in 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively.

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 III All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s eight 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 team is 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.

Top Teams: Mount Union has been represented a total of 25 times by 23 players on the AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Team since 1972. The Purple Raiders are followed by Linfield (21/19), Wittenberg (21/19), Augustana (Ill.) (19/17), Washington & Jefferson (19/17), Wisconsin-La Crosse (17/17), Wisconsin-Whitewater (17/15), Mary Hardin-Baylor (16/14), Central (Iowa) (15/14), Wheaton (15/14), Montclair State (15/13), Wesley (15/12), Springfield (14/12), Widener (14/11), Emory & Henry (13/13), Ithaca (13/13), St. John’s (Minn.) (12/12), St. Thomas (Minn.) (13/10), Salisbury (12/12), Frostburg State (12/11), John Carroll (11/11), Wabash (11/11) and Thomas More (11/9).

Consecutive Years: With Brooks Jenkins selection in 2016, Mount Union has had a player chosen to the AFCA All-America Team for six straight seasons (2011-16), the longest active streak. Wesley had a player chosen for 11 consecutive years, from 2005-15, which is the longest streak in AFCA Division III All-America Team history. Second on the list is Mount Union, who had a player chosen for 10 consecutive years, from 2000-09. Tied for third on the list are Washington & Jefferson, who had a player chosen for All-America honors for nine straight seasons (2002-10), and Mary Hardin-Baylor, who had a player chosen for All-America from 2006 to 2014. Emory & Henry is fourth on the list, having had a player named AFCA All-American for eight straight seasons from 1985-1992. Augustana (Ill.) and Wheaton have had players selected for six consecutive seasons from 2000-05 and 2003-08, respectively.

Repeat After Me: No player has earned AFCA Division III All-America honors four times, however Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) running back Johnny Bailey did earn Coaches’ All-America honors four straight years (1986-87-88-89) in AFCA College Division I (now AFCA Division II).

Five players have earned AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Team honors three times. They are: DB Tom Deery, Widener, 1979-80-81; RB Scott Reppert, Lawrence, 1980-81-82; RB Joe Dudek, Plymouth State, 1983-84-85; DL Sean Brewer, Millsaps, 1990-91-92; and P Jeff Shea, California Lutheran, 1995-96-97.

Class Distinction: This year’s AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 39 seniors, nine juniors and two sophomores.

First Time School: Defensive lineman Mamadou Soumahoro of Berry, linebacker Jack Perez of Pacific, defensive back Austin Tennessee of Stevenson, all-purpose player Alex Pasiewicz of Lake Forest, offensive lineman Pat Sullivan of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, linebacker Kyle Burchett of Hiram, defensive back Nicholas Morrow of Greenville, defensive back Obi Etuka of Western New England and punter Francis Cole of Anna Maria all earned All-America honors for their schools for the first time.

Back-to-Back: Hendrix running back Dayton Winn, Carnegie Mellon running back Sam Benger, St. Lawrence defensive lineman Chyron Brown-Wallace and Olivet punter Ryan Anderson earned AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America honors for a second consecutive season in 2016.

It’s Been A While: Tight end Matt Page and wide receiver Kevin Hammarlund of Washington (Mo.) have earned AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team honors for their school for the first time since 1999.

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.

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