Midwestern State senior safety Marqui Christian added to his postseason cachet of awards Thursday earning second-team Associated Press Little All-America honors.
The 6-1, 205-pounder from Spring becomes the first MSU player to gain AP Little All-America honors since offensive lineman Ken Van Heule earned third-team honors following the 2012 season.
Christian is the first Midwestern defensive player on the Associated Press national team since Lavern Robbins took second-team accolades in 1952.
Christian closed his MSU career as the program's all-time tackle leader with 295 and is projected for selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
He also earned D2CCA and AFCA Division II first-team All-America awards earlier this month and was a three-time All-Lone Star Conference first-team performer. Christian was also a D2CCA All-Super Region Four first-team pick this season after taking second-team honors in 2014.
Christian enjoyed a banner season as a senior making 95 tackles on his way to J.V. Sikes/LSC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was also named the league's top defensive back.
He one of only three players from the Lone Star Conference to gain AP Little All-America status joined by third teamers Shane Thompson, a senior offensive lineman from Texas A&M-Commerce, and Angelo State senior defensive lineman Clayton Callicutt.
The Associated Press Little All-America team is comprised of players from NCAA Divisions II and II as well as the NAIA.