(WACO, Texas) – Senior punter Tyler Kohman (Pataskala, Ohio/Columbus Academy) of the Carnegie Mellon University football team was named an AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American as announced today by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Kohman found a spot on the first team, as this marks the second season that the AFCA is selecting a first and second team.
Kohman becomes the fifth Tartan to be named and sixth AFCA All-American. Teammate Sam Benger received the honor the past two seasons and before then, linebacker Nick Zitelli was honored in 2000. The other two Tartans that received the prestigious accolade were linebacker Ken Murawaski in 1981 and offensive lineman Robert Butts in 1985.
Kohman recently was named to the D3football.com All-South Region First Team and to the Division III All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) team. Kohman was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Special Teams Player of the Year and garnered Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) First Team accolades. He ended his senior campaign as the top punter in the PAC and UAA with an average of 45.7 yards per punt, which ranked second nationally and set the program's single-season record. The senior had 16 punts of 50 yards or more including a career-best 62-yarder. Kohman placed 21 of his 45 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
Kohman will leave Carnegie Mellon as the program's leader in punts and yards per punt for a career. He recorded 209 punts in his four years for an average of 41.2 yards per punt.
His success this season has afforded him the opportunity to play in the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL) Division III Senior Bowl in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The game will be played on December 16.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.
The AFCA's Division III All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's eight 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.