Morningside's Jared Goforth has been named to the 2012 NAIA Coaches All-American team.
Morningside College's Jared Goforth, a senior defensive back from Polk City, Iowa, and Northwestern's Jordan Carlson, a senior defensive tackle from Storm Lake, Iowa, have been named to the 2012 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Coaches All-America Team.
Goforth is a defensive standout for a Morningside team that will take a 13-0 record and a No. 3 national ranking into the 2012 Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship against No. 5 Marian University on Thursday in Rome, Ga.
Goforth leads the Mustangs with nine interceptions for the fourth highest total in the nation in the NAIA ranks. He is two pass thefts shy of the Morningside single-season record of 11 interceptions set by Colby Henderson last season.
Carlson, the 2012 GPAC defensive player of the year, led the Red Raider defense with 63.5 tackles, including 42 solo stops and 18 for a loss of 73 yards. A repeat first-team all-GPAC selection, Carlson led the GPAC with nine sacks, ranking eighth in the NAIA, and forced five fumbles to go with 14 quarterback hurries. He finished his two-year career at Northwestern with 115 tackles, 32.5 for a loss, 12.5 sacks and seven force fumbles.
Northwestern finished the season ranked 12th in the final NAIA coaches' poll with a 9-3 record, losing to #5 Marian (Ind.) in the first round of the NAIA football championship series.
The AFCA has selected All-America teams since 1945. The association selects All-America teams for the NAIA and all divisions of the NCAA. The AFCA started selecting an NAIA only team in 2006.
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