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Morningside's Jake Peterson, Marian's Chris White Headline 2009 AFCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Team

December 17, 2009
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Dec. 17, 2009

WACO, Texas - Morningside runningback Jake Peterson and Marian defensive lineman Chris White headline the 2009 AFCA NAIA 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. 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.

Peterson led the NAIA in rushing with 1,624 yards on 229 attempts and scored 19 rushing touchdowns. He added four receiving touchdowns to finish second in the nation in scoring with 138 points. White tied for the No. 1 in the country with 11.5 sacks and was fourth in the nation in tackles for a loss with 21.5. He also recorded seven forced fumbles, three fumbles recovered and 76 total tackles, 52 of which were solo.

Offense              
Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR Corey Schultz 6-3 180 Sr. Ottawa Kent Kessinger Quenemo, Kan. (Topeka Hayden)
WR Jason Lovett 5-11 193 Sr. Virginia-Wise Bruce Wasem Spotsylvania, Va. (Massaponax)
TE Bubba Bartlett 6-2 240 Jr. Carroll (Mont.) Mike Van Diest Rathdrum, Idaho (Lakeland)
OL Nick Hegger 6-3 305 Sr. McKendree Carl Poelker Aviston, Ill. (Breese Central)
OL Quintin Borders 6-6 320 Jr. Union (Ky.) Tommy Reid Lexington, Ky. (Bryan Station)
C Jeff Hynes* 6-1 290 Sr. Lindenwood Patrick Ross Florissant, Mo. (McCluer North)
OL Brian Rohles 6-4 275 Sr. Minot St. Paul Rudolph Manteca, Calif. (Manteca)
OL Jordan Myers 6-7 275 Sr. Southern Oregon Steve Helminiak Estacada, Ore. (Estacada)
QB Lorenzo Brown 6-0 195 Sr. Sioux Falls Kalen DeBoer Bristol, Conn. (Eastern)
RB Jake Peterson 5-11 200 Sr. Morningside Steve Ryan Armstrong, Iowa (Armstrong-Ringsted)
RB A.J. Cooley 6-1 230 Sr. Shorter Phil Jones Bowdon, Ga. (Bowdon)
 
Defense              
Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL James McCartney 6-1 300 Sr. Bethel (Kan.) Travis Graber Hesston, Kan. (Hesston)
DL Chris White 6-0 207 Sr. Marian Ted Karras, Jr. Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central)
DL Merlin Benefield 5-11 266 Sr. Missouri Valley Paul Troth Harvey, La. (John Ehret)
DL Stephan Burns 6-2 242 Jr. Montana Tech Bob Green Butte, Mont. (Central Catholic)
LB Sean Thom 5-10 235 Sr. Faulkner Gregg Baker Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (Choctawhatchee)
LB Jake Duren 6-1 225 Jr. MidAmerica Nazarene Jonathan Quinn Littleton, Colo. (J.R. Mullen)
LB Chad Schira 6-2 240 Sr. Montana-Western Rich Ferris Dillon, Mont. (Beaverhead County)
LB Mike Lally 6-0 225 Sr. Saint Xavier Mike Feminis Oak Lawn, Ill. (St. Rita)
DB Antonio Wardlow 6-0 183 Sr. Bethel (Tenn.) Dino Kaklis Winston-Salem, N.C. (Winston-Salem)
DB Titus Bland 5-8 170 Sr. Grand View Mike Woodley Baytown, Texas (Lee)
DB Pagel Williams 5-8 185 Sr. Taylor Ron Korfmacher Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)
 
Specialists              
Pos Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P Mike Skvor 6-0 170 Sr. Malone Mike Gardner Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly)
PK Andy Smith 6-1 183 So. South Dakota Mines Dan Kratzer Pierre, S.D. (T.F. Riggs)
AP Daniel Carter 5-6 167 Sr. St. Francis (Ind.) Kevin Donley Indianapolis, Ind. (Decatur Central)
*-2008 AFCA All-American

Team Background: The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. 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.

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 NAIA All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine 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.

AFCA NAIA Player Selection History: NAIA players who were selected to AFCA All-America teams were named to the AFCA College Division team from 1967-71. In 1972, the AFCA College Division was split to College I and College II. Players from NAIA Division I teams were placed in AFCA College I, while players from NAIA Division II were placed in AFCA College II. That process lasted until 1996, when College I and College II were renamed Division II and Division III. From 1996-2005, all NAIA players who were selected as Coaches' All-Americans were placed on the AFCA Division II team. In 2006, the AFCA started selecting an NAIA-only team.

Top Teams: Georgetown (Ky.) has been represented a total of 15 times by 12 players on AFCA Coaches' All-America Teams to lead all schools in NAIA. Trailing Georgetown (Ky.) are: Carroll (Mont.) (13/12), Montana Tech (6/5), Morningside (5/5), Sioux Falls (5/5), Lambuth (5/4), Baker (4/4), St. Xavier (4/4), Southern Oregon (4/4) and Bethel (Tenn.) (4/3).

Consecutive Years: Carroll (Mont.) has had at least one player named to the AFCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Team for five straight seasons, from 2005 to present, the longest streak by any team in NAIA.

Repeat After Me: Only 11 current NAIA schools have had players earn consecutive AFCA Coaches' All-America honors, with one coming from this year's team, Lindenwood's Jeff Hynes (2008-09, C). The rest of the schools include: Benedictine's (Kan.) Truman Ashby (2006-07, OL), Bethel's (Tenn.) Adrain Smith (2006-07, RB), Carroll's Owen Koeppen (2007-08, LB), Lambuth's Jo Jo Jones (1993-94, RB), Menlo's Nate Jackson (2000-01, WR), Montana St.-Northern's Marc Samson (2006-07, DB), Montana Tech's J.J. Perino (2006-07, DL), Virginia-Wise's Ra'Shad Morgan (2006-07, RB) and Walsh's Mike Galassi (2006-07, OL). Georgetown (Ky.) is the only school with three players to earn that distinction. Clay Hamblen was a repeat selection at defensive back in 2006-07, followed by offensive lineman Chris Reed in 1987-88 and defensive lineman Chris Hogan from 1991-92.

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 runningback in 1986-87-88-89.

Class Distinction: This year's AFCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Team is made up of 20 seniors and five juniors. Players From First Time Schools: Sean Thom of Faulkner, Titus Bland of Grand View, Chris White of Marian, Chad Schira of Montana-Western, Corey Schultz of Ottawa, A.J. Cooley of Shorter, Andy Smith of South Dakota Mines, Pagel Williams of Taylor and Quintin Borders of Union (Ky.) are the first players from their schools to earn AFCA Coaches' All-America Team honors. One Player, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds is the only player to earn Coaches' All-America honors at two different schools. He 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.

For more information on the AFCA and its programs log on to the AFCA's website at www.afca.com.