Waco, Texas –Saint Xavier University defensive end Michael Prosser (Rockton, Ill./Rockton-Hononegah) was one of just four NAIA defensive linemen named to the 2011 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team when the team was announced by the AFCA Selection Committee Tuesday morning. 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 exclusively by NAIA football coaches. This year marks just the sixth time since the AFCA began choosing an All-America Team in 1945 that an All-NAIA Team was selected (first in 2006). The Cougars have had a player represented on every team since 2006.
"Michael will go down as one of the best defensive players in our program's history," said SXU football coach Mike Feminis. "He is an absolute dominant player who opposing offenses have to scheme around. For him to make the switch from defensive end to middle linebacker in week 10 of our season speaks to his incredible versatility. If there is a better player in the country at the NAIA level than Michael, I haven't seen him."
Prosser has had a huge senior season leading the Cougars in several defensive categories, including total tackles (90), tackles for losses (21.5) and sacks (10.0). He already has set the school record for career sacks with 26.0 and needs just one tackle for a loss to pass former SXU linebacker standout Mike Lally for that career mark. Prosser currently has 53.5 career tackles for losses, while Lally finished his impressive career from 2006-09 with 54.
Saint Xavier (13-1 overall/4-1 MSFA) is headed to Rome, Ga., for the school's first national championship appearance on Saturday, December 17. The national championship game is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. (eastern) at Barron Stadium in Rome. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.