A Pair Of D3football All-Americans

Alex Berg (L) and Willie Julkes were named to the D3football.com All-American First Team.
Alex Berg (L) and Willie Julkes were named to the D3football.com All-American First Team.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/20/19)--- Alex Berg and Willie Julkes III capped their senior seasons by earning D3football.com All-American First Team honors. Berg was named to the All-American First Team as a punter while Julkes earned the honor as a special teams player.

Concordia is the only school in the MIAC to have multiple D3football.com First Team All-Americans and one of only four schools in all of Division III to have more than one player be named to the All-American First Team.

The D3football.com All-American honors finish off a busy award season for both players. Berg earned the prestigious American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-American honor as well as being named to the Associated Press All-American Second Team. Julkes earned Associated Press All-American First Team honors as well as the D3football.com All-West Region First Team.

Concordia football has now had 28 players earn All-American honors and Julkes becomes the seventh player in program history to be named to multiple All-American teams in one season. 

Berg was second in the nation in punting. 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.

Berg became the first punter in school history to have more than one punt of 70 or more yards in a season. He hit a 70-yard punt against Augsburg and then boomed a 75-yard punt on the last kick of his college career against Carleton. He also had at least one punt of 50 or more yards in nine of the team's 10 games and connected on a punt of at least 55 yards in five games. 

Julkes earns his All-American honor for his record-breaking six blocked kicks during the season. His six blocked kicks led the nation and also set a new school record.

Julkes was one of the biggest reasons Concordia upset previously unbeaten St. John's on Nov. 2. He had two blocked extra points in the 19-18 upset win, including the game-deciding extra point in overtime. Julkes also had a pair of blocked punts in the season opener at Wis.-La Crosse and came away with single blocks in the games against Augsburg and Carleton.

Complete List of 2019 D3football.com All-Americans

Cobber Football NCAA All-Americans
2019 – Alex Berg (AFCA – 1st Team; AP – 2nd Team; D3football – 2nd Team), Willie Julkes III (AP – 1st Team; D3football – 1st Team)
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)