Huntingdon’s Chappell named first-team All-America

Huntingdon’s Chappell named first-team All-America

WACO, Texas – Huntingdon senior defensive tackle D.J. Chappell added to his list of accomplishments on Tuesday.

With the release of the American Football Coaches Association's Division III All-America team, Chappell is the first Huntingdon football player to earn first-team All-America.

"It is a great honor to be recognized," Chappell said. "I've worked hard to be the best player I can be and I thank God for allowing me to stay healthy and for the opportunities He has given me.

"Even though this is an individual award, to me, it's also a recognition of the guys I had playing around me. I was blessed to have great teammates and we made each other better. I couldn't have done the things I did without the guys I had around me."

Chappell was recently named first-team All-South Region by for a second straight year and was named honorable mention All-American by as a junior. The All-American team will be released later this week.

"Chap is very deserving of all the recognition he has received. He's raised the bar a little higher for our program," Huntingdon head coach Mike Turk said. "He is a player that stood out. Every opposing coach talked about him and recognized his ability. He's a tremendous player and has meant a lot to our program for the past four years."

A Montgomery native and a graduate of Jefferson Davis High School, Chappell left his mark on the Huntingdon program. He ranks second in Huntingdon history in career sacks (25.5) and tackles for loss (42). Chappell led the Hawks in sacks each of his final three seasons and tackles for loss each of the past two seasons.

This season, despite facing added attention from opposing teams, Chappell led the Hawks with nine sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss and was fourth on the team with 34 tackles.

The AFCA has picked an All-America team every year since 1945.


2012 AFCA Division III Coaches' All-America Team

Pos. Name Ht. Wt.    Cl.   School                       Coach                Hometown (High School)
WR Brandon Boyle 5-9 172 Jr. Castleton Marc Klatt Springfield, Vt. (Springfield)
WR Scott Pillar 6-2 192 Sr. Albright John Marzka Keansburg, N.J. (Keansburg)
TE Billy Chapman 6-4 223 Sr. Middlebury Bob Ritter Greenwich, Conn. (Brunswick)
OL Brian Cranmer 6-3 284 Sr. Wesley Mike Drass Cologne, N.J. (St. Augustine Prep)
OL Armand Jenifer 6-4 295 Jr. Johns Hopkins Jim Margraff Teaneck, N.J. (Bergen County Academies)
C Curtis James* 6-3 304 Sr. St. Thomas (Minn.) Glenn Caruso Edina, Minn. (Edina)
OL Will Ferrell 6-4 305 Jr. Hampden-Sydney Marty Favret Blythewood, S.C. (Blythewood)
OL Tom Knowlton 6-5 300 Sr. Concordia-Moorhead Terry Horan Fargo, N.D. (Fargo South)
QB Nate Wara 6-1 220 Sr. Wis.-Oshkosh Pat Cerroni Oshkosh, Wis. (Oshkosh North)
Scottie Williams
5-6 170 Sr. Elmhurst Tim Lester Woodridge, Ill. (Downers Grove South)
RB James Clay 5-10 190 Sr. Mount St. Joseph Rod Huber Louisville, Ky. (duPont Manual)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt.    Cl.   School                      Coach                   Hometown (High School)
DL D.J. Chappell 6-1 285 Sr. Huntingdon Mike Turk Montgomery, Ala. (Jeff Davis)
DL Brynnan Hyland 6-2 240 Jr. Linfield Joseph Smith Eugene, Ore. (Churchill)
DL Clay Eaton 6-1 233 Sr. Oberlin Jeff Ramsey Findlay, Ohio (Van Buren)
DL Tim Taylor 6-2 219 Sr. Thiel Kurt Reiser Girard, Pa. (Erie Cathedral Prep)
LB Javicz Jones 6-0 200 Sr. Mary Hardin-Baylor Pete Fredenburg Katy, Texas (Morton Ranch)
LB Seth Mathis 6-3 240 Jr. Bethel (Minn.) Steve Johnson Anoka, Minn. (Anoka)
LB Mike Hendrick 6-3 212 Sr. Knox Chad Eisele Smithton, Ill. (Freeburg)
DB Zach Autenrieb 5-10 184 Sr. Thomas More Jim Hilvert Cincinnati, Ohio (Elder)
DB Nick Driskill* 5-10 205 Sr. Mount Union Larry Kehres Wabash, Ind. (Southwood)
DB Dwayne Hollis 5-9 175 Sr. N.C. Wesleyan Mark Henninger Newport News, Va. (Denbigh)
DB Ryan McWethy 6-2 220 Sr. Wis.-Platteville Mike Emendorfer Oregon, Ill. (Oregon)


Pos. Name                       Ht. Wt.  Cl.   School                 Coach                  Hometown (High School)
P Christian Hallingstad 5-11 185 Sr. Wis.-La Crosse Joel Dettwiler Cumberland, Wis. (Rice Lake)
PK Kevin Grady 6-0 180 Jr. Redlands Mike Maynard Seattle, Wash. (Seattle Prep)
AP John Borsellino* 5-8 185 Sr. Benedictine (Ill.) Jon Cooper Oak Brook, Ill. (Montini Catholic)