Football - Thu, Dec. 17, 2009
Waco, Texas - Saint Xavier University senior Mike Lally (Oak Lawn, Ill./St. Rita) was one of just four linebackers nationwide named to the 2009 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team when the team was announced by the AFCA Selection Committee Thursday. 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 fourth time since the AFCA began choosing an All-America Team in 1945 that an All-NAIA Team was selected (first in 2006).
"Mike is well deserving of this honor and every accolade he has received in his career," said SXU head football coach Mike Feminis. "He has definitely set the standard for the middle linebacker position at SXU and is the best linebacker I have ever coached without question. But on top of everything Mike has accomplished on the field, he is one of the finest character individuals I have ever worked with. We are fortunate to have a young man like Mike represent Saint Xavier University."
Lally wrapped up his stellar collegiate career earlier this month by tying the program's single-season mark of 119 total tackles (61 solos) as well as setting a new season record with 25.0 tackles for losses. He also posted 3.5 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery over 14 games this fall. Lally joins defensive back Chris Rodgers (2008), punter/kicker Shane Longest (2007) and wide receiver Andy Ricca (2006) as the only four Saint Xavier football players to be named to the AFCA-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team since 2006.