MSU's Marqui Christian Named All America

Midwestern State's Marqui Christian became the third player in program history to garner American Football Coaches' Association All-America honors as released Thursday morning.

The senior safety from Spring garnered D2CCA All-Super Region Four honors earlier this month after enjoying a banner season making 95 tackles on his way to gaining J.V. Sikes/LSC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was tabbed the league's top defensive back.

The 6-1, 205-pounder recorded 10-or-more tackles in 16 games over the past four seasons including four times this season.

Christian finishes his career as MSU's all-time tackle leader with 295 and is projected for selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Christian is the first MSU player to earn AFCA All-America honors since running back Keidrick Jackson gained mention in 2013. Current Carolina Panther offensive lineman Amini Silatolu garnered honors in 2010 and 2011.

Christian is one of three players from the Lone Star Conference to earn AFCA All-America honors joining Texas A&M-Commerce senior offensive lineman Shane Thompson and Angelo State senior defensive lineman Clayton Callicutt.

Midwestern State completed its 16th consecutive winning season while matching the school record with 10 wins in 2016. The Mustangs advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the sixth time -- all during the Bill Maskill era.

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 team is chosen.