Football's Graham Named Second Team AFCA All-American

Eddie Graham, courtesy of Carl Lewis
Eddie Graham, courtesy of Carl Lewis

WACO, TEX. — NC Wesleyan junior defensive back Eddie Graham was named to the 2019 AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American Second Team 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.

Graham, a first team all-conference DB as well, helped lead the Battling Bishop defense this season ranking third on the team with 52 tackles along with 36 solo and 4.5 tackles for loss. He ranked 3rd in the USA South with 4 interceptions including one returned for a touchdown while he also ranked 2nd in the conference in pass breakups with 11.

Selection Process: The AFCA's Division III All-America Selection Committee is made up of head coaches representing each conference from each of the AFCA's eight districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.

The Award: Members of the AFCA Coaches' All-America First Team will receive a plaque commemorating their selection to the team, while members of the Second Team will receive a certificate.

2019 AFCA Division III Coaches' All-America Team - Second Team


Pos. Name                               Ht.      Wt.    Cl.   School                                     Coach                                     Hometown (High School)

DL     *Joey Longoria               6-1     285    Sr.   Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.)    Pete Fredenburg                             Pearland, Tex. 

DL     Kyle Johnston                 6-4     215    Sr.   Massachusetts Maritime       Jeremy Cameron                            Raynham, Mass. 

DL     Liam Vincifora                 5-11   240    Jr.    Millsaps (Miss.)                       Aaron Pelch                                Covington, La. 

DL     Manny Longoria             5-10   230    Sr.   Texas Lutheran                       Carl Gustafson                             Geronimo, Tex. 

LB     Logan Rickard                6-0     220    Sr.   Coe (Iowa)                               Tyler Staker                               Lisbon, Iowa 

LB     Mark Niles                       5-10   215    Sr.   Ohio Northern                         Dean Paul                                  Miramar, Fla. 

LB     Dillon Keefe                    6-2     215    Jr.    Chapman (Calif.)                    Bob Owens                                  Orange, Calif. 

DB    Raeqwon Greer              5-10   185    Jr.    Alfred (N.Y.)                            Bob Rankl                                  Buffalo, N.Y. 

DB    Eddie Graham                5-10   170    Jr.    North Carolina Wesleyan      Jeff Filkovski                        Hudson, Fla. (Hudson)

DB    Blaze Barista                  6-3     195    Sr.   Dubuque (Iowa)                      Stan Zweifel                              Wheaton, Ill. 

DB    Obasi Dees                     5-10   160    Sr.   California Lutheran                 Ben McEnroe                               Antioch, Calif.