Kristov Martinez named First Team AFCA All-American.
WACO – Texas A&M University-Commerce kicker Kristov Martinez has been named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches’ Association, as announced Wednesday.
The senior kicker finished his Lion career as NCAA Division II’s all-time leading kick scorer with 449 points. This places fourth in scoring among all college players in the state of Texas. The LSC’s all-time leading scorer earns All-American honors for the second time, elevating to the first team for the first time. He was a Don Hansen’s third team All-American in 2017.
He was 21-of-26 on field goals with a career-long of 55 yards in the regional semifinal at Tarleton. He also made all 48 PAT attempts on the season and ended his career with a streak of 103 PATs made in a row. He was also fantastic in the kickoff phase, as the Lions finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally in kickoff coverage.
Martinez’ selection to the AFCA All-American team extends A&M-Commerce’s streak of six straight years with an AFCA All-American. This is the longest active streak in the nation.
All-time, the Lions rank second in Division II with 23 AFCA All-American selections.
2018 AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America – First Team
|QB||Jayru Campbell||6-5||215||Jr.||Ferris St. (Mich.)|
|RB||Jaleel McLaughlin||5-9||173||Fr.||Notre Dame (Ohio)|
|RB||Gabriel Watson||6-1||221||Jr.||Sioux Falls (S.D.)|
|WR||Craig Rucker||5-7||165||Jr.||Mars Hill (N.C.)|
|WR||Trey Brock||6-3||218||Sr.||Hillsdale (Mich.)|
|TE||Erik Henneman||6-3||228||Jr.||Lindenwood (Mo.)|
|OL||Derrick Puni||6-6||320||R-Sr.||Central Missouri|
|OL||Bryce Bray||6-0||260||Sr.||Harding (Ark.)|
|OL||James Moore||6-5||300||Sr.||Central Washington|
|OL||Travis Romsa||6-4||300||R-Sr.||Chadron St. (Neb.)|
|OL||Donald Boone||6-5||310||Jr.||Chowan (N.C.)|
|DL||Markus Jones||6-3||260||Sr.||Angelo St. (Texas)|
|DL||Austen Eskew||6-4||248||Sr.||Northwest Missouri St.|
|DL||Michael Wristen||6-4||245||Sr.||Colorado St.-Pueblo|
|DL||Chris Garrett||6-4||230||So.||Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.)|
|LB||J.T. Hassell||6-0||199||Sr.||Florida Tech|
|LB||Austin Stephens||5-11||210||Jr.||Miles (Ala.)|
|LB||Tyler Morrissey||6-3||256||R-Sr.||West Chester (Pa.)|
|DB||Lamont McPhatter II||5-11||190||Jr.||California (Pa.)|
|DB||Joshua Simmons||6-3||205||Gr.||Limestone (S.C.)|
|DB||Gunner Olszewski||5-10||180||Sr.||Bemidji St. (Minn.)|
|DB||Brian Williams||6-1||190||R-Sr.||Davenport (Mich.)|
|P||Josh Carlson||6-0||165||Fr.||Dixie St. (Utah)|
|AP||Lyrics Klugh||5-10||170||Sr.||Fairmont St. (W.Va.)|
2018 AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America – Second Team
|QB||Layton Rabb||6-5||225||Sr.||MSU Texas|
|RB||Marcus Jones||5-11||225||Sr.||Gannon (Pa.)|
|RB||Devontae Jackson||5-7||176||Sr.||West Georgia|
|WR||Chad Hovasse||6-1||215||R-Sr.||Adams St. (Colo.)|
|WR||Shane Zylstra||6-5||220||Jr.||Minnesota St.|
|TE||Jalen Jackson||6-0||215||So.||Lock Haven (Pa.)|
|OL||Craig McCorkle||6-5||290||Jr.||California (Pa.)|
|OL||Devon Johnson||6-7||310||Sr.||Ferris St. (Mich.)|
|OL||Steve Gaviglia||6-3||285||R-Sr.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)|
|OL||Justin Gooseberry||6-4||250||Sr.||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)|
|DL||Davondrick Lison||6-2||235||R-Sr.||Southern Arkansas|
|DL||T.J. Winslow||6-4||250||Sr.||Harding (Ark.)|
|DL||Cardell Rawlings||6-2||240||R-Sr.||Wingate (N.C.)|
|DL||James Prater Jr.||6-0||244||Sr.||Ashland (Ohio)|
|LB||Dominic Cizauskas||6-2||260||Jr.||Glenville St. (W.Va.)|
|LB||Aaron Berry||6-2||225||Sr.||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)|
|LB||Cody Leonard||6-1||225||Sr.||Quincy (Ill.)|
|DB||Traviontae Brown||6-0||170||Jr.||Benedict (S.C.)|
|DB||Corey Ballentine||6-0||204||Sr.||Washburn (Kan.)|
|DB||O’Shay Harris||6-1||190||Jr.||Central Oklahoma|
|DB||Jarey Elder||5-11||170||Jr.||West Chester (Pa.)|
|PK||Cole Antley||6-0||190||Sr.||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)|
|P||Isaac Parks||6-0||210||R-So.||North Carolina-Pembroke|
|AP||Deonte Harris||5-6||170||Sr.||Assumption (Mass.)|
Team Background: The five teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams – University Division and College Division – were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — FBS and FCS. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the AFCA started selecting an NAIA-only team.
From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensives) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997, a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006. In 2016, the AFCA added a second-team All-America.
Selection Process: The AFCA’s Division II All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s seven 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 teams are chosen.