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2016 AFCA-NAIA All-America Teams Announced

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December 13, 2016
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Article by Vince Thompson, AFCA Director of Media Relations

Sterling wide receiver TJ Brown and Wayland Baptist linebacker Alden Mann headline the 2016 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. 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.

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year, TJ Brown led the nation in receptions (95), receiving yards (1,585), receiving yards per game (144.1), all-purpose yards (2,535) and all-purpose yards per game (230.5). He also was fifth in the nation in scoring with 138 points. A returning AFCA NAIA All-American, Mann led a Pioneer defense by averaging 17.0 tackles per game, which ranked second in the NAIA. He set school records for most tackles in a career (403), season (136) and game (25).

Selection Process: The AFCA’s NAIA 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 team is chosen.

2016 AFCA-NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team - First Team

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Hometown (High School)
QB Logan Brettell 6-0 190 Jr. Baker (Kan.) Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley)
RB *Nolan Saraceni 5-10 200 Sr. Montana Tech Billings, Mont. (Billings Senior)
RB Bryce Lidtka 5-10 190 Jr. Dordt (Iowa) Grinnell, Iowa (Grinnell)
WR *Krishawn Hogan 6-4 215 Sr. Marian (Ind.) Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central)
WR TJ Brown 6-0 170 Sr. Sterling (Kan.) Stockton, Calif. (East Union)
TE Seth Coate 6-3 215 Sr. Saint Francis (Ind.) Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead)
OL Blake Frank 6-3 285 Sr. Morningside (Iowa) Mapleton, Minn. (Maple River)
OL Mitch Butterfield 6-1 270 Jr. Friends (Kan.) Wichita, Kan. (Maize South)
OL Xavier Carter 5-11 240 Jr. Reinhardt (Ga.) Snellville, Ga. (Shiloh)
OL Justin Hunter 6-2 305 Jr. Saint Xavier (Ill.) Crest Hill, Ill. (Joliet Catholic Academy)
OL Dajshon Oliver 6-5 305 Jr. Warner (Fla.) Tampa, Fla. (Chamberlain)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Hometown (High School)
DL *Sam Van Ginkel 6-5 245 Sr. Northwestern (Iowa) Rock Valley, Iowa (Western Christian)
DL Trey Barnes 6-2 255 Sr. Concordia (Neb.) Seward, Neb. (Seward)
DL Noey Tauave 6-2 270 Sr. Dickinson State (N.D.) Sacramento, Calif. (Nuvnli Poly Tech)
DL Jeff Branch 6-2 236 Sr. Presentation (S.D.) Virginia Beach, Va. (Landstown)
DL Evan Sprayberry 6-2 210 So. Tabor (Kan.) Moore, Okla. (Moore)
LB *Alden Mann 5-10 200 Sr. Wayland Baptist (Texas) Wimberley, Texas (Wimberley)
LB Stephen Thayer 5-9 202 Sr. Missouri Valley Manteca, Calif. (Sierra)
LB KyRandall Smith 6-0 227 Sr. Saint Mary (Kan.) Amarillo, Texas (Little Elm)
DB *Nate Moore 5-9 170 Sr. College of Idaho Meridian, Idaho (Mountain View)
DB Rickey Rodriguez 5-10 175 Sr. Bethel (Kan.) Port St. Lucy, Fla. (West Centennial)
DB Robert Lewis 6-0 180 Sr. Grand View (Iowa) Hewitt, Texas (Midway)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Hometown (High School)
P Derek Brush 6-2 200 Jr. Arizona Christian Whittier, Calif. (Whittier Christian)
PK Bradley Bates 5-10 165 Jr. Campbellsville (Ky.) Campbellsville, Ky. (Campbellsville)
AP Quincy Walden 5-7 170 Sr. Bethel (Tenn.) Milan, Tenn. (South Gibson)

*-2015 AFCA-NAIA All-American

2016 AFCA-NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team - Second Team

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Hometown (High School)
QB Cedrick Phillips 5-11 185 So. Sterling (Kan.) Stockton, Calif. (Edison)
RB Nate Meier 6-0 205 Sr. Doane (Neb.) Pierce, Neb. (Pierce)
RB Korey Rogers 5-6 160 Sr. Robert Morris (Ill.) Chicago, Ill. (Joliet West)
WR Tyus Alcorn 6-2 190 Sr. Campbellsville (Ky.) Lexington, Ky. (West Jessamine)
WR Matt Retzlaff 5-10 190 R-Sr. Southern Oregon Medford, Ore. (South Medford)
WR Austin Opdahl 6-1 185 Jr. Dakota State (S.D.) Madison, S.D. (Chester Area)
OL Zach Reeves 6-3 244 Sr. Doane (Neb.) Central City, Neb. (Central City)
OL Keegan Bruner 6-1 310 Sr. Saint Francis (Ind.) Warsaw, Ind. (Warsaw)
OL Lars Lind 6-1 220 Sr. Sterling (Kan.) Golden, Colo. (Golden)
OL Logan Glaze 6-6 285 Jr. Marian (Ind.) Leo, Ind. (Leo)
OL Spencer Baalman 6-5 300 Jr. Tabor (Kan.) Wichita, Kan. (Maize)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Hometown (High School)
DL Brady Mudder 6-3 240 Sr. Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) Garretson, S.D. (Garretson)
DL Dillon Dittemore 6-4 240 Sr. Marian (Ind.) Lebanon, Ind. (Lebanon)
DL Lucas Sparks 6-1 239 Sr. Saint Francis (Ind.) Springfield, Ohio (Shawnee)
DL Josh Kock 6-0 260 Jr. Baker (Kan.) Concordia, Mo. (Concordia)
DL Luke Gibbs 6-3 245 Jr. Morningside (Iowa) Maxwell, Iowa (Ankeny)
LB *Aaron Cooper 6-4 231 Sr. Kentucky Christian Mayfield, Ky. (Graves County)
LB Nathan Jernigan 6-0 202 R-Sr. Cumberland (Tenn.) Eagleville, Tenn. (Eagleville)
LB Nicholas McBeain 6-1 240 Sr. Valley City St. (N.D.) Shakopee, Minn. (Shakopee)
DB Darrain Winston 5-10 205 Sr. Baker (Kan.) Midwest City, Okla. (Carl Albert)
DB Gunnar Kayser 6-4 220 Sr. Montana Tech Colbert, Wash. (Mead)
DB Cain Boschee 6-3 185 So. Dickinson State (N.D.) Kalispell, Mont. (Glacier)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Hometown (High School)
P Will Anderson 6-1 190 Sr. St. Ambrose (Iowa) Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard South)
PK *Clarence Clark 5-10 185 Jr. Baker (Kan.) Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep)
AP Cornell Brown 5-9 180 Jr. Baker (Kan.) Baldwin City, Kan. (Baldwin)

*-2015 AFCA All-American

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