McDonough Earns AFCA All-America Honors

Monday, December 12, 2011 - page 2

Patrick McDonough Senior Patrick McDonough of the Muhlenberg football team added another honor to his already long list of accomplishments.

The inside linebacker was named to the American Football Coaches Association Division III All-America Team. The AFCA only selects one team, so McDonough is one of just three linebackers in the country to earn the honor.

The first Mule to be named an AFCA All-American since 2002, he is the 16th player to earn the honor in the 29-year history of the Centennial Conference. Last season, McDonough was named a second-team All-American by, making him just the second player in program history to earn All-America honors in multiple seasons.

A two-time all-region first-team and three-time All-CC first-team selection, McDonough led the conference with 104 tackles, including nine tackles for loss and 5 sacks. He had some of his best games in the biggest games, recording a career-high 16 tackles against CC champion Johns Hopkins and 14 against another team that was ranked in the top 10 in Division III, Delaware Valley.

The first Mule in 16 years to reach triple digits in tackles in back-to-back seasons, McDonough finished his career ranked third in school history with 333 tackles, including 189 solo (second in Mule history).

A team captain, he led a Mule defense that allowed fewer than 20 points and 300 yards per game for the 11th consecutive season. Heading into last weekend's national semifinals, the Mules (7-3) ranked in the top 40 in Division III in six defensive categories: ninth in scoring defense, 10th in sacks, 13th in turnover margin, 19th in rushing defense, 36th in total defense and 40th in pass efficiency defense.

With McDonough's selection, Muhlenberg has had at least one player named to a postseason All-America team in 10 of the last 13 years. He is the third AFCA All-American in program history, and the second coached by Mike Donnelly.
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