Waco, Texas - Senior Shane Longest (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) was the lone punter named to the 2007 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Coaches' All-America Team when the team was announced by the AFCA Selection Committee Monday. The 25-player team highlights 11 offensive players, 11 defensive players, and three specialists (placekicker, punter, and all-purpose player) from around the NAIA and all selections are voted on and decided by NAIA football coaches. This year marks just the second time since the AFCA began chosing an All-America Team in 1945 that an All-NAIA Team was selected (first was in 2006).
"Shane is very deserving of this honor and will have a legitimate shot at playing professionally because the NFL scouts love his leg strength," said SXU head football coach Mike Feminis. "He consistently put our defense in great field position with his punts and kickoffs. Offensively, we were in field goal range as soon as we crossed midfield. Shane was a huge weapon and I doubt that we will ever have a kicker like him again, because he excelled at all three phases (punts, kickoffs, and field goals)."
Longest wrapped up his sensational kicking career this fall as the NAIA's third leading punter with an average of 43.2 yards per punt. Longest also led the NAIA with 27 field goals made this season. Junior Derek Doerfler was named the placekicker on the 2007 AFCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Team after kicking a school-record 23 field goals, including the longest field goal in school history at 62 yards. Longest is now Saint Xavier's all-time leading scorer with 317 total points and holds numerous school records including longest field goal (55 yards), most field goals in a game (5), most points in a game by a kicker (18), most extra points in a game (7), and most points by a kicker in a season (128).Click here to see the entire 2007 AFCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Team