Mount Union's Matt Fechko and Kevin Burke Named to AP Little All-America Team

Kevin Burke and Matt Fechko
Kevin Burke and Matt Fechko

Mount Union senior defensive lineman Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) and junior quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) have been named to the Associated Press Little All-America Team.

The AP Little All-America team honors the top football players in Division II, III and NAIA.

Fechko was named to the first team and was also named to the AFCA All-America team earlier this week.

He has started all 14 games and was awarded Ohio Athletic Conference's Paul Hoernemann Award as the conference's top defensive lineman this season.  He has 40 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble.  That forced fumble came on a sack in this past week's NCAA Playoff semifinal against North Central.

A four-year starter, Fechko has never missed a game as he will play in his 60th game and make his 58th start this week. This season, the team captain also played offensive tackle the first three games this season.

Burke was named to the third team after winning the Gagliardi Trophy as the top all-around player in NCAA Division III football last night.

Burke is 29-0 as the Purple Raiders' starting quarterback.  A year ago, he earned All-American honors and was the OAC's Bob Packard Offensive Back of the Year as he led Mount Union to a 15-0 record, an Ohio Athletic Conference title and a record 11th NCAA Division III title.  This season as the only returning starter on offense, he has led an offense that is currently the nation's top scoring offense as the Raiders are 13-0, ranked No. 1 in the nation, won their 22nd straight OAC title and are in the national semifinals for a 19th straight season. 

This season he is the nation's No. 1 rated passer and leads the nation with 44 touchdown passes.  He has completed 63-percent of his passes (212-of-337) for 3,514 yards while he is also the team's second leading rusher with 904 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.  His 1,035 rushing yards is a school single season record for a quarterback.

Mount Union takes on UW-Whitewater in the Stagg Bowl Friday at 7 pm in Salem, Virginia.