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Messina drags down Bluefield's quarterback for one of his 15.5 sacks this season. Photo by Richard Davis
Messina drags down Bluefield's quarterback for one of his 15.5 sacks this season. Photo by Richard Davis
Football - Wed, Dec. 18, 2013

He is soft spoken, but his play on the field speaks loud and clear. Linebacker Brock Messina continues to pile up the post-season accolades, headlining the American Football Coaches' Association's NAIA All-American team. The AFCA gave top billing to the Georgetown senior defender and Morningside's wide receiver Kyle Schuck.

Messina earned All-America Defensive Team, finishing among the Top 11 defenders, Top 4 linebackers, of 2013.

The Louisville, Ky. native compiled 75 tackles, 49 of which were solo. He led the Mid-South Conference in sacks (15.5) tackles for loss (24.5), sacks per game (1.4), tackles for loss per game (2.2) and forced fumbles per game (0.4).

His sacks per game, total sacks, tackles for loss per game and forced fumbles per game also ranked in the Top 5 for the NAIA. His tackles for loss is sixth best in the NAIA.

He had three games of double-digit tackles and four multi-sack games.

Messina's 53.5 tackles for loss in his career put him seventh all-time in GC history. The 269.7 yards lost is also seventh all-time. His 38.5 sacks are tied for third all-time with Tony Steele. He pushed opponents back 220.5 yards from those sacks, fifth best at Georgetown.

He not only altered the career records, but his senior year left marks on the season standings. Messina's 15.5 sacks is fifth. He pushed opponents back 117 yards this season with his tackles, ninth best at Georgetown in a single-year. Of those 117 yards, 97.5 of them were from sacks, with is fourth all-time in a single-season.

This is the fourth straight year for a Tiger to make the All-American list and third defender in that same span. Kyle Anderson put Georgetown back on the radar for defensive players in 2010. Zach Goebel followed in 2011. Messina, Anderson and Goebel were also MSC Defensive Players of the Year. In 2012, Chris Gohman made the All-America Team as a wide receiver.

It is the 18th time, most in the NAIA, Georgetown has been honored and the 15th different player. Three Tigers were repeat honorees – Clay Hamblen, Chris Reed and Chris Hogan – giving Georgetown the most in that category as well.

Two other MSC players made the Top 25 – Faulkner's Josh Hollingsworth was the lone offensive player from the league, while Bethel's Stony Burns joined Messina on the defensive team.

Here is the full list:

2013 AFCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Team

Offense

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

WR          Kyle Schuck            6-2           180          Sr.           Morningside (Iowa)                Steve Ryan              Cherokee, Iowa (Washington)

WR          Andre McCullouch 6-1           195          So.           Rocky Mountain (Mont.)        Brian Armstrong     Riverside, Calif. (Martin Luther King)

TE           Donovan Campbell 5-11         233          Jr.            Siena Heights (Mich.)             Jim Lyall South Bend, Ind. (Clay)

OL           Cam Edwards          6-5           317          Sr.           St. Francis (Ind.)     Kevin Donley          Bloomington, Ind. (North)

OL           Matt Hall 6-10         325          Sr.           Belhaven (Miss.)     Joseph Thrasher      Yell County, Ark. (Russellville)

OL           *Dillon Carmichael 6-6           325          Sr.           Doane (Neb.)          Matt Franzen           Loomis, Neb. (Loomis)

OL           Zack VanDeman     6-3           270          Sr.           Marian (Ind.)           Mark Henninger      Whiteland, Ind. (Whiteland)

OL           Tyler Ford               6-5           270          Jr.            Peru St. (Neb.)        Steve Schneider       Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)

QB          Josh Hollingsworth 6-1           215          Sr.           Faulkner (Ala.)        Brent Barker            Hamilton, Ala. (Hamilton)

RB           Cameron Fore         6-0           215          Sr.           Benedictine (Kan.)   Larry Wilcox           Rolla, Mo. (Rolla Senior)

RB           Derek Elliott            6-2           221          Sr.           Valley City St. (N.D.)             Dennis McCulloch  Valley City, N.D. (Valley City)

 

Defense

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

DL           Ty Phillips               6-2           252          Jr.            Missouri Valley      Paul Troth               East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis)

DL           Phil Latimer             6-0           245          Jr.            Nebraska Wesleyan Brian Keller             Broomfield, Colo. (Broomfield)

DL           Jeff Cascella            6-5           215          Jr.            St. Francis (Ill.)       Joe Curry                Melrose Park, Ill. (West Leyden)

LB           Jason Gladfelder     6-1           220          Sr.           Grand View (Iowa) Mike Woodley        Ozark, Mo. (Ozark)

LB           Marcus Carter         6-2           245          Sr.           Friends (Kan.)         Monty Lewis           Las Vegas, Nev. (Mojave)

LB           Sean Blomquist       5-11         232          Jr.            Carroll (Mont.)        Mike Van Diest       Helena, Mont. (Helena)

LB           Brock Messina        6-0           220          Sr.           Georgetown (Ky.)   Bill Cronin              Louisville, Ky. (Trinity)

DB          Steven Willis           6-2           215          Sr.           Webber International (Fla.)     Kelly Scott               Mulberry, Fla. (Mulberry Senior)

DB          Darnell Woods        6-4           210          Sr.           Concordia (Neb.)    Vance Winter          Phoenix, Ariz. (Tolleson Union)

DB          Stoney Burns          5-9           182          Jr.            Bethel (Tenn.)         Chris Elliott             Orlando, Fla. (Jones)

DB          Lorenzo Fouts         5-10         200          Sr.           Southwestern (Kan.)               Ken Crandall           Arlington, Texas (Kennedale)

 

Specialists

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

P              Matt Klingler           6-1           235          Jr.            St. Ambrose (Iowa)                Mike Magistrelli      St. Louis Mo. (Lindbergh)

PK           Andrew Muzljakovich            6-1           184          Sr.           Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)               Brian Fish               Vicksburg, Mich. (Vicksburg)

AP           Antonio Bray          5-8           170          Jr.            Sterling (Kan.)         Andy Lambert         Van Nuys, Calif. (Arleta)

*-2012 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 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.

 
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