Waco, Texas – Saint Xavier University senior Jimmy Coy (Park Ridge, Ill./Valdosta State/El Camino College/Maine South) was the lone quarterback named to the 2012 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team when the team was announced by the AFCA Selection Committee Wednesday morning. The 25-player team highlights 11 offensive players, 11 defensive players and three specialists (placekicker, punter, and an 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 seventh 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.
"I'm so happy for Jimmy, because there were some great quarterbacks in the NAIA this year, so to be selected as the quarterback for the All-America Team is incredible," said SXU football coach Mike Feminis. "Jimmy had an unbelievable career for us going 25-2 in his two years here as a starter. His stats and record speak for themselves, but I'm sure he'd tell you the most important accomplishment was leading us to the NAIA National Championship last year. He was a very special player and just a great young man, who was a joy to coach."
Coy had an impressive senior season for the Cougars leading the team to an 11-2 overall record and the program's fourth straight appearance (fifth all-time) in the semifinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series. He ranked No. 3 in the NAIA in total offense (3,656 yards) and total passing yards (3,427) despite missing nearly two full games in late September due to injury. Coy also ranked No. 4 in the NAIA in total offense yardage per game (304.7) and No. 5 nationally in passing yards per game (285.6). On November 3, he was instrumental in leading Saint Xavier over then-No. 1 ranked Marian University (Ind.), 23-6, throwing for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Marian, the No. 5 ranked team in the NAIA, faces off against No. 3 Morningside College (Iowa) in tomorrow night's NAIA National Championship in Rome, Ga. Coy finished the 2012 campaign with 36 touchdowns with 35 of those coming through the air.
The AFCA's NAIA All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine 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. Last season, former standout defensive end Michael Prosser (Rockton, Ill./Rockton-Honenegah) was Saint Xavier's representative on the All-America Team.
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