Findlay, Ohio – The awards keep coming for Findlay senior Andrew Alten. The offensive lineman from Loveland, Ohio has been named to the 2017 American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA) Division II All-American First Team following the most successful Oilers' football season in the NCAA era of the program.
Alten, the Great Midwest Offensive Lineman of the Year and D2CCA First Team All-Region performer, anchored an offensive line that, prior to his injury in week nine, protected its quarterback better than any o-line in the country, allowing just 0.33 sacks per game at that time. In Alten's nine games, Findlay rushed for 292.3 yards per game (fourth in the country), scored 47.7 points per game (third in the country), and picked up 248 first downs (second in the country). His efforts helped lead an Oilers offense that was one of just two teams in the country in any division to post 250+ yards of rushing offense and passing offense (the other was Ohio State). Alten was also a major key to propelling Findlay to its first ever NCAA Playoffs.
Alten is the fifth player in program history to earn all-American honors from the AFCA and just the third to be named first team: Andrew Alten (2017 | 1st Team), Chris Reaper (2015 | 1st Team), Anthony Fields (2009 & '08 | HM), Brian Schmiedebusch (2009 | HM), Robert Campbell (2002 | 1st Team).