WACO, Texas -- Mount Union senior wide receiver Justin Hill (Circleville) has been named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America teams.
Hill is a first team wide receiver that started every game this season for the Purple Raiders. He had 80 catches and is second in the nation with 1,641 yards and 23 touchdowns. He had over 100 yards receiving in nine games and in two of those games had over 200 yards receiving. He was also named the Ohio Athletic Conference Ed Sherman Receiver of the Year for a record third straight year.
Team Background: The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. The five teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen.
From 1967 through 1971, two teams – University Division and College Division – were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II.
In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — Division I-A and Division I-AA.
In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. The AFCA began selecting an NAIA-only team in 2006. Also in 2006, the Division I-A and Division I-AA teams were renamed Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively.
From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997, a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006. In 2016, the AFCA added a second team All-America.
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.
Top Teams: Mount Union has been represented a total of 29 times by 27 players on the AFCA Division III Coaches' All-America Team since 1972. The Purple Raiders are followed by Linfield (23/21), Mary Hardin-Baylor (23/20), Wisconsin-Whitewater (21/19), Wittenberg (21/19), Washington & Jefferson (21/18), Augustana (Ill.) (19/17), Wisconsin-La Crosse (18/18), Wheaton (18/17), St. John's (Minn.) (17/16), Springfield (17/14), Wesley (17/14), Widener (17/13), Central (Iowa) (16/15), Ithaca (15/15), Montclair State (15/13), St. Thomas (Minn.) (15/12), Emory & Henry (13/13), Salisbury (13/13), Frostburg State (13/12), John Carroll (12/12), North Central (12/11), Hardin-Simmons (11/11), Wabash (11/11), Ferrum (11/10) and Hampden-Sydney (11/10).
Consecutive Years: With Justin Hill's selection in 2019, Mount Union has had a player chosen to the AFCA All-America Team for nine straight seasons (2011-19), the longest active streak. Wesley had a player chosen for 11 consecutive years, from 2005-15, which is the longest streak in AFCA Division III All-America Team history. Second on the list is Mount Union, which had a player chosen for 10 consecutive years, from 2000-09. Tied for third on the list are Washington & Jefferson, which had a player chosen for nine straight seasons (2002-10), and Mary Hardin-Baylor, which had a player chosen from 2006 to 2014. Emory & Henry is fourth on the list, having had a player named AFCA All-American for eight straight seasons from 1985-1992. Augustana (Ill.) and Wheaton have had players selected for six consecutive seasons from 2000-05 and 2003-08, respectively.