MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/04/19)--- Concordia senior Alex Berg (Moorhead, Minn.) was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-American First Team. Berg becomes the first player in program history to earn All-American honors as a punter.
Berg becomes only the seventh player in school history to earn the prestigious AFCA All-American First Team honor and first player since 2012 to earn the award. He is also the 27th overall player in school history to receive any kind of an All-American accolade.
Berg joins St. John's quarterback Jackson Erdmann as one of only two players in the MIAC to receive AFCA All-American First Team honors. He is one of only three student/athletes from the conference to be placed on the All-American first or second teams.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the coaches.
Berg was second in all of Division III in yards per punt average. He finished the year with a 45.0 average for his 45 punts. His 45.0 yards per punt average is a new school record for highest punting average in a single season. He also tied the school record for longest punt in a game on the final punt of his career when he hammered a 75-yard boomer against Carleton.
One of the most eye-opening aspects about Berg's All-American season was his consistency. He had at least one punt of 50 or more yards in nine of the team's 10 games. Berg also connected on a punt of at least 55 yards in five games.
Berg led the MIAC in punting, had the longest punt in the conference and also had the most punts downed inside the 20-yard line (15).
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.
Complete 2019 AFCA All-American Team Release
Past Cobber NCAA All-Americans
2017 – Chad Johnson (D3football – 2nd Team)
2013 – Nate Adams (D3football – 3rd Team), Kenyon O'Brien (D3football – HM)
2012 – Tom Knowlton (AFCA – 1st Team; D3football – 3rd Team)
2007 – Grant Weller (D3football – HM)
2004 – Nick Didier (AFCA – 1st Team; AP Little All-American – 1st Team; D3football – HM, Football Gazette – 1st Team; ), Josh Dietz (Football Gazette – 2nd Team); Andrew Passanante (D3football – HM, Football Gazette – 3rd Team), Jordan Talge (AP Little All-American – 1st Team , D3football – 1st Team, Football Gazette – 1st Team)
1995 – Tim Lowery (AFCA – 1st Team)
1990 – Mike Gindorff (AFCA – 1st Team), Mike Gindorff (AFCA – 1st Team)
1988 – Terry Horan, Terry Storm
1986 – Jim Southwick
1977 – Barry Bennett (AFCA – 1st Team)