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
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