By: Abbey Lipcsik
WACO, Texas – The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced on Monday morning that Kyle Burchett has earned Second Team All-American honors.
"Kyle had a tremendous season as a Captain and leader of our program. Each week, he played at the highest level for the team," said head coach Henry Stanford.
This is the first time that the linebacker has received the award in his career. It is also the first time that a Terrier has ever been named an AFCA All-American selection. The last Hiram football player to earn All-American status was Matt Stiner in 1999.
In his final season as a Terrier, Burchett was also named a Preseason Second Team All-American by herosports.com, an All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection, and Defensive MVP of the National Bowl all-star game that he played in earlier this month.
Burchett finished his senior season with 109 tackles (63 solo, 46 assists), ranking first on the team and second in the conference. He also ranked second on the team and fifth in the conference in tackles for loss (12.5).
The linebacker racked up double-digit tackle performances in seven of the ten games on the season. His best game came on October 8th when he recorded 18 tackles against Denison.
The honor closes the book on a four-year career that has been nothing short of exceptional. The linebacker totaled 377 tackles (234 solo, 143 assists), with 43 coming for a loss. He also added 12.5 sacks.
"Seeing Kyle grow in all areas of his life was tremendous," remarked Stanford. "He played with energy every Saturday and was disciplined and dedicated to being the best. We relied on him to be a leader of our program, and he fulfilled every task set before him.
"Kyle's legacy here at Hiram will be everlasting and his career will be an example of the player we want in our program."