St. Ambrose University junior linebacker Jeremy Wallace was named to the 2012 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Coaches' All-America Team.
The 6-1, 215-pounder from New Lenox, Ill. (Lincoln-Way Central HS), set a St. Ambrose single-season school record by recording 141 total tackles this year. His 12.8 tackles per game is the third-best mark in the country.
Wallace was credited with eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including five sacks. He also had two interceptions, and forced and recovered a fumble.
Wallace, an integral part of a 9-2 Bee team that won the MSFA Midwest League title and qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series playoffs, was earlier named to the all-Mid-States Football Association Midwest League first team.
The Bees have now had a player earn AFCA NAIA All-America recognition in back-to-back years as offensive lineman Carl Meister was named to the team last year.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects 25-player teams in all five of its divisions - FBS, FCS, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. The AFCA's NAIA All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine districts. -- Staff report
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.