Ashland's Housewright Named To AFCA All-America Team

Ashland's Housewright Named To AFCA All-America Team

Release courtesy of Al King, Assistant Athletic Director, Media Relations, Ashland University


WACO, TEXAS — Ashland University senior quarterback Taylor Housewright (Ashland, Ohio) has been named to the 2012 American Football Coaches’ Association Division II All-American Team. The team was announced today (Dec. 10).

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. These teams are selected exclusively by coaches around the country. The AFCA Division II team consists of just 22 players. There is no second or third team or honorable mention list.

Housewright is the 13th player in the program’s history to be selected as a first team All-American. While a number of organizations select All-America teams, the AFCA team is recognized by the NCAA.  Housewright is the second consecutive AU quarterback to be recognized as an AFCA All-American. Billy Cundiff was an AFCA selection in 2008.

Housewright is the third Ashland player to earn AFCA honors since Lee Owens become AU’s head coach in 2004. In addition to Housewright and Cundiff, center Vince Cashdollar was recognized in 2007.

This is the latest in a string of impressive awards for Housewright this season. He is the 2012 GLIAC player of the year and a first team All-GLIAC pick. A week ago, he was named to the Daktronics all-region team and was recognized as the Super 4 Region offensive player of the year. He is now on the Daktronics All-America ballot.

In 2012, the senior completed 241-of-358 passes (67.3 percent) for 3,071 yards with 32 touchdown passes and four interceptions. Housewright led the Eagles to an 11-0 record in the regular season. The Eagles advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the fifth time in school history and the first time since 2008. AU ended the year 11-1, 10-0 in GLIAC play. This year’s team won the first GLIAC football championship in school history and is the second team in school history to win 10 or more games in a season.

The Eagles ended the regular season ranked fourth in the country. That equals the highest ranking in school history and this is the highest ranking the program has attained since becoming an NCAA Division II institution.

In his career, Housewright completed 579-of-887 passes (65.3) for 7,259 yards with 71 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions. He is second at Ashland in career pass attempts, completions, passing yards and touchdown passes.

Housewright is the lone GLIAC player on the AFCA team. This year’s team is comprised of 18 seniors, six juniors and one sophomore.

Below is the complete list of the 2012 AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team:

2012 AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
WR Chris Bowden 6-2 215 Sr. Wingate Joe Reich Forsyth, Ga. (Mary Persons)
WR John Brown 5-11 171 Jr. Pittsburg St. Tim Beck Homestead, Fla. (Homestead)
OL Mark Jackson 6-6 320 Sr. Glenville St. David Hutchison Columbus, Ohio (Brockhaven)
OL Garth Heikkinen* 6-4 315 Sr. Minnesota-Duluth Bob Nielson Duluth, Minn. (Central)
C Kevin Day 6-0 270 Sr. Carson-Newman Ken Sparks Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. (Soddy-Daisy)
OL Manase Foketi 6-5 320 Sr. West Texas A&M Don Carthel Hesperia, Calif. (Sultana)
OL Ryan Schraeder* 6-7 300 Sr. Valdosta St. David Dean Wichita, Kan. (Maize)
QB Taylor Housewright 6-2 215 Sr. Ashland Lee Owens Ashland, Ohio (Ashland)
RB Franklyn Quiteh 5-10 203 Jr. Bloomsburg Danny Hale Tobyhanna, Pa. (Pocono Mountain West)
RB Michael Hill 5-11 205 Sr. Missouri Western St. Jerry Partridge St. Joesph, Mo. (Central)
RB Rayon Simmons, Jr. 5-10 210 Sr. Winona St. Tom Sawyer University City, Mo. (Christian Brothers College)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
DL Brandon Williams** 6-3 325 Sr. Missouri Southern St. Daryl Daye Kirkwood, Mo. (Rockwood Summit)
DL Brad Davis 6-1 245 Sr. Elizabeth City St. Waverly Tillar Charlotte, N.C. (Independence)
DL Armonty Bryant 6-4 250 Sr. East Central (Okla.) Tim McCarty Wichita Falls, Texas (Wichita Falls)
DL Zach Moore 6-6 282 Jr. Concordia-St. Paul Ryan Williams Chicago, Ill. (Simeon Academy)
LB Ronell Williams 6-1 230 So. West Chester Bill Zwaan Chester, Pa. (Chester)
LB Corey Jones 6-2 240 Sr. Lane Derrick Burroughs Compton, Ca. (John C. Fremont)
LB Jeremy Aguilar 6-1 235 Sr. Texas A&M-Kingsville Bo Atterberry Los Angeles, Ca. (Roosevelt)
DB Don Unamba 6-1 192 Sr. Southern Arkansas Bill Keopple Hurst, Texas (L.D. Bell)
DB Pierre Desir 6-2 206 Jr. Lindenwood (Mo.) Patrick Ross St. Charles, Mo. (Francis Howell Central)
DB Rontez Miles* 6-1 210 Sr. California (Pa.) Mike Kellar Braddock, Pa. (Woodland Hills)
DB Jack Moro 5-11 190 Jr. St. Cloud State Scott Underwood Brookfield, Wis. (Central)


Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. School Coach Hometown (High School)
P Randy Weich 6-2 250 Sr. Wayne St. (Neb.) Dan McLaughlin Lincoln, Neb. (Pierce)
PK Sam Brockshus 5-11 200 Jr. Minnesota St.-Mankato Aaron Keen Spencer, Iowa. (Spencer)
AP Tyron Laughinghouse 6-2 175 Sr. St. Augustine’s Michael Costa Greenville, N.C. (Rose)

*-2011 AFCA All-American

**-2010 & 2011 AFCA All-American   

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