NASHVILLE, Tenn. – De’Ante Saunders and Nick Thrasher were named to the 2014 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS Coaches’ All-America Team, Monday.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. 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.
Playing in just his second season at TSU, Saunders contributed to the OVC’s top total defense (303.2 yards per game) and pass defense (153.3 yards per game).
Saunders was also named First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference while after leading the league with five interceptions on the season while also tallying 51 tackles and six pass breakups.
The DeLand, Fla. product’s five picks were the seventh-most by a Tiger in TSU’s 102-year history.
Thrasher tallied 128 stops on the season, which was sixth-most in a single-season in school history and the highest total for a Tiger since 1991.
The Morrow, Ga. native was second in the Ohio Valley Conference in tackles to go along with his 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks.
The senior also moved up to second-place in tackles in the TSU record book over the course of the season, finishing with 358. Thrasher was First Team All-OVC last season, too.
The four-year starter intercepted the first pass of his career this season against Florida A&M.
Saunders and Thrasher were two of the four HBCU players selected to the team and Colin Seibert from Eastern Illinois was the only other representative from the OVC.