Marqui Christian Leads 3 Mustangs Named All America

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Midwestern State's Marqui Christian headlined a group of three Mustangs on the All America team released Thursday afternoon.

Senior linebacker Daniel Laudermilk and senior offensive lineman Alfredo Moreno each gained honorable mention.

It's the fourth All-America honors for Christian, who also gained first-team mention from the American Football Coaches' Association and D2CCA/CoSIDA (Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America) while earning second-team Associated Press Little All-America honors.

Christian, who received the Cliff Harris Award as the top defensive player in the country representing Division II, Division III and NAIA, has piled on postseason accolades becoming MSU's first defensive player since 1952 to earn Associated Press Little All-America honors taking second team honors.

Christian was a first-team All-America selection by both the American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA) and D2CCA (sports information directors) teams after gaining J.V. Sikes/Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year and top defensive back honors as a three-time, first-team All-LSC performer.

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

He becomes just the second MSU player to earn first-team honors from joining current Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Amini Silatolu, who gained first-team mention in 2010 and 2011.

Laudermilk posted a team-high 99 tackles which were the most for an MSU player since Cornelius Cooper had 100 in 2004.

The Austin native gained LSC Linebacker of the Year honors and was a first-team selection after posting highs of 20 tackles against Eastern New Mexico and 18 at Colorado Mesa this season.

Also selected as a second-team D2CCCA All-American, Laudermilk closed his career ranked fourth on MSU's all-time tackle list with 261.

Moreno, a senior from Phoenix, started at three different positions on an offensive that allowed 10 sacks in 11 games.

The 6-2, 285-pounder extended MSU's run to seven consecutive years of placing an offensive lineman on the D2CCA All-Super Region Four squad.

Moreno became the fourth MSU offensive lineman to earn LSC Lineman of the Year honors since the start of the 2010 season.

Moreno was also selected a second-team All American by D2CCA/CoSIDA.

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.