Waco, TX -- Morningside (Iowa) quarterback Trent Solsma and Evangel (Mo.) defensive lineman Andreas Moeller headline the 2018 AFCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Teams announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.
Solsma, who has helped lead Morningside to the NAIA National Championship game, had a record-setting senior year. He led the nation with 5,097 yards passing, 365 completions, 68 touchdowns and 5,040 yards in total offense. The 68 touchdowns are a single-season NAIA record, as is his 72.6 completion percentage. Moeller set a school record and finished second in the nation with 27.5 tackles for loss. He also finished seventh in the country with 12 sacks and tied for second with five forced fumbles on the season. Moeller also added 69 total tackles and one interception.
Anthony Murray (SR/Aurora, CO) becomes the first defensive All-American since Shawn Bennett (DL) back in 1995.
Murray finished his senior campaign with 58 total tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery. He also made the most of his interceptions as he took two of them to the house which helped the Broncos to victories in both games.
His first pick six came late in the third quarter with Hastings trailing 13-7 which sparked the comeback 21-13 victory. His second came in his final game of the year as Hastings trailed 6-0 late in the 2nd quarter when he picked off Alex Pohlen and rumbled 65 yards for the touchdown to give the Broncos a 7-6 halftime lead with :40 to go in the half.
Murray caused all kinds of problems for opposing quarterbacks knocking away 15 passes this past season. That ranked him 20th in the NAIA.
He also made a big difference in the return game averaging 11.7 yards per punt return which ranked him 9th best in the NAIA. Murray was also ranked 19th in kick-off return average (24.3 ypr).
Murray is also the first All-American since Tanner Paxton back in 2014.