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Football - Tue, Dec. 13, 2016

AFCA All-America Teams

St. Ambrose punter Will Anderson was named to the 2016 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Coaches' All-America Second Team today.

The senior finished second in the country in punting, averaging 43.3 yards over his 44 punts. He had 15 punts of at least 50 yards, including a pair of 72-yarders - one vs. Concordia (Mich.) on Sept. 3 and the other at Lindenwood-Belleville on Sept. 17. Seventeen of his punts ended inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

Anderson was an unsung hero in the Bees' 38-31 overtime win over rival Saint Xavier on Oct. 15. He averaged 52.7 yards on three punts in the win. His shortest punt of the day, a 47-yarder, was downed at the three-yard line. He also had punts of 59 and 52 yards that each pinned the Cougars inside their 15-yard line.

This marks the sixth straight year the AFCA has named a Bee to one of its All-America teams. Anderson follows in the footsteps of offensive lineman Carl Meister (2011), linebacker Jeremy Wallace (2012), punter Matt Klingler (2013), quarterback Eric Williamson (2013), defensive lineman Steve Laski (2014) and kicker Matt Cotiguala (2015). Williamson, Laski and Anderson earned second team honors.

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.