College Football

Rupcich selected to AP NAIA All-America team

Posted: Dec. 21, 2019 12:30 am

The Associated Press NAIA All-America team was released on Friday and earning his first selection to the squad was Culver-Stockton College junior Andrew Rupcich, who was chosen to the second team offensive line.

Rupcich, who is a two-time All-Heart of America Athletic Conference first team selection, was named to the NAIA All-America first team by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) earlier this month. He was also the 2019 recipient of the Piesman Trophy, which goes to an interior lineman for doing something un-lineman like during a game.

Rupcich helped pave the way for a prolific C-SC passing attack. The Wildcat offense finished the regular season ranked seventh in the NAIA in passing offense with 3,208 yards, and passing yards per game with 291.6 yards per contest. He also led a C-SC offensive line that allowed just 13 sacks this season, ranking 14th in the NAIA.

Player of the year Charles Salary from Marian (Ind.) and fellow running back Arnijae Ponder of Morningside (Iowa) lead the All-America team.

The team, presented by Regions Bank and released Friday, was selected by a panel of sports information directors and the AP.

Marian (12-0) and defending champion Morningside (13-0) will play Saturday in the NAIA championship game at Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, Louisiana.

Salary has run for 1,586 yards and 18 touchdowns this season to lead Marian. Ponder has run for 1,754 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Associated Press NAIA All-America team

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback -- Johnny Feauto, senior, Kansas Wesleyan.

Running backs -- Arnijae Ponder, junior, Morningside (Iowa); Charles Salary, senior, Marian (Ind.).

Linemen -- Josh Brown, senior, College of Idaho; Trey Coney, senior, Reinhardt (Ga.); Garrett Temme, senior, Morningside (Iowa); Mike Davis, senior, Southeastern (Fla.); Austin Sherrill, junior, Keiser (Fla.).

Tight end -- Trenton Poe-Evans, senior, Kansas Wesleyan.

Receivers -- DeVon McCoy, sophomore, Kentucky Christian; Shane Solberg, junior, Northwestern (Iowa).

All-purpose player -- Jaylen Boyd, junior, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).

Kicker -- Kyle Mitchell, senior, College of Idaho.

DEFENSE

Linemen -- Jeremiah Pharms, senior, Friends (Kan.); Landon, Corolla, senior, Georgetown (Ky.); Shaq Bradford, senior, Kansas Wesleyan; Mac Dutra, senior, Marian (Ind.).

Linebackers -- Austin Cuicchi, senior, Grand View (Iowa); Jason Ferris, senior, Montana Western; DaMarcus Wimbush, junior, Bluefield (Va.).

Secondary -- Dayton Bush, senior, Benedictine (Kan.); Dallis Flowers, junior, Grand View (Iowa); Sage Chen-Young, sophomore, Keiser (Fla.); Takota Anderson, senior, Kansas Wesleyan.

Punter -- Drake Higgins, senior, Missouri Valley College.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback -- Joe Dolincheck, sophomore, Morningside (Iowa).

Running backs -- Demarco Prewitt, senior, Kansas Wesleyan; Tim Whitfield, junior, Langston (Okla.).

Linemen -- Dustin Rivera, junior, Southwestern (Kan.); James Officer IV, senior, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Andrew Rupcich, junior, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Robert Mosley, senior, Waldorf (Iowa); Paxton De Haan, senior, Northwestern (Iowa).

Tight end -- Austin Harris, sophomore, Midland (Neb.).

Receivers -- Stevie Williams, junior, Kansas Wesleyan; Reid Jurgensmeier, junior, Morningside (Iowa).

All-purpose player -- Louis Quinones, senior, Valley City State (N.D.).

Kicker -- Nathan Hamilton, freshman, Grand View (Iowa).

DEFENSE

Linemen -- James Jamicich, senior, St. Francis (Ind.); Seth Fallen, senior, Reinhardt (Ga,); Kumi Sarpong Jr., sophomore, Cumberlands (Ky.); Robert Robinson, junior, Briar Cliffs (Iowa).

Linebackers -- Sam Morton, senior, Evangel (Mo.); Tanner Machacek, senior, Northwestern (Iowa); Kevin Brown, senior, Dickinson State (N.D.).

Secondary -- Klayton Nordeen, senior, Morningside (Iowa); Trevon Claybourne, senior, Siena Heights (Mich.); Twon Collymore, sophomore, Sterling (Kan.); Starr Thompson, senior, Georgetown (Ky.).

Punter -- Austin Bohn, senior, Ottawa (Ariz.)