Tavierre Thomas, Zach Sieler named AFCA All-Americans

By Ferris State Athletics

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University football squad, which reached the NCAA Division II Final Eight for the second consecutive year this fall, had two standouts selected to the 2017 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II All-America Team as announced today by the national coaches organization.

Junior defensive end Zach Sieler (Pinckney) received AFCA All-America First Team recognition with senior cornerback Tavierre Thomas (Detroit) garnering AFCA All-America Second Team kudos. It marks the second consecutive year both have achieved All-America status by at least one source.

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 men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves. Beginning this year, the AFCA has started selecting a first and second team and voting is done by member head coaches.

The AFCA’s Division II All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s seven 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.

Sieler and Thomas represented two of the three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) picks named to one of the two AFCA All-America squads along with Ashland quarterback Travis Tarnowski. FSU was also one of only seven schools in the country with multiple picks on the AFCA All-America squad.

Ferris State finished the 2017 season with an 11-2 overall record. FSU’s 11 wins this season marks the fourth consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have achieved the feat, which represents the first time in school history in which FSU has done so over four-straight years.

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