Brown and Mann Headline 2016 NAIA All-America Teams

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).

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

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

Defense

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

Specialists

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

*-2015 AFCA All-American

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

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

Defense

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

Specialists

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

*-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.
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 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.

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: Carroll (Mont.) has been represented a total of 19 times with 17 different players on AFCA Coaches’ All-America Teams to lead all schools in NAIA. In second behind Carroll (Mont.) is Georgetown (Ky.), who has had 14 different players selected as All-America on 17 different occasions. Trailing Carroll (Mont.) and Georgetown (Ky.) are: Morningside (13/13), Baker (12/12), Saint Francis (Ind.) (11/10), Saint Xavier (10/10), Southern Oregon (9/9), Marian (9/8), Missouri Valley (9/7), Montana Tech (9/7), Northwestern (Iowa) (9/7), Grand View (8/8), St. Ambrose (8/8), Bethel (Tenn.) (8/6), Benedictine (Kan.) (6/5), Friends (6/5), MidAmerica Nazarene (6/5), St. Francis (Ill.) (6/5), Dakota Wesleyan (5/5), Dickinson State (5/5), Sterling (5/5), Doane (5/4), Faulkner (5/4), Nebraska Wesleyan (5/4), Bethel (Kan.) (4/4), Campbellsville (Ky.) (4/4), Hastings (4/4), Jamestown (4/4), Tabor (4/4) and Valley City State (4/4).

First Time School: Running back Bryce Lidtka of Dordt, offensive lineman Xavier Carter of Reinhardt, offensive lineman Dajshon Oliver of Warner, defensive lineman Jeff Branch of Presentation and punter Derek Brush of Arizona Christian have earned All-America honors for their schools, for the first time, in 2016.

Consecutive Years: Morningside has had at least one player named to the AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team for 11 straight seasons, from 2006 to present, the longest streak by any team in NAIA. Following Morningside is Grand View with eight straight selections (2009-present). Grand View is second on the list with eight straight AFCA All-Americans from 2009 to present. Third is Marian with six straight picks from 2011 to present.

Carroll (Mont.) had a player named to the AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team for 11 straight seasons, from 2005 to 2015, which is tied with Morningside for the longest streak in AFCA NAIA All-America Team history.

Repeat After Me: Running back Nolan Saraceni of Montana Tech, wide receiver Krishawn Hogan of Marian, defensive lineman Sam Van Ginkel of Northwestern (Iowa), linebacker Alden Mann of Wayland Baptist, defensive back Nate Moore of College of Idaho, linebacker Aaron Cooper of Kentucky Christian and place-kicker Clarence Clark of Baker earned AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America honors for the second consecutive season in 2016.

Georgetown (Ky.) has had the most repeat selections with three players (Clay Hamblen, DB, 2006-07; Chris Reed, OL, 1987-88; and Chris Hogan, DL, 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 running back in 1986-87-88-89 in Division II.

Class Distinction: This year’s AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 32 seniors, 15 juniors and three sophomores.

One Player, Two Positions: Baker’s Clarence Clark has become the first player in AFCA All-America Team history to repeat as an AFCA All-American at two different positions. He was named to the 2015 squad as a receiver, then earned 2016 honors as a place-kicker.

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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