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 Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance. 1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.