ACU senior defensive end Aston Whiteside has been named an NCAA
Division II all-America by two different outlets, capping a sensational
Wildcat football career.
has been named a first team all-America by the American Football
Coaches' Association (AFCA) and was voted second team all-America on the
Wildcats have now had a player selected to the AFCA all-America team in
four straight seasons and six of the last eight seasons. Only one
player per school is allowed to be named to the AFCA
Manning was named to the team in 2004 as a return specialist and 2005 as
a defensive back. Bernard Scott was named to the team as a running
back in 2008, followed by offensive lineman
Tony Washington in 2009 and wide receiver Clyde Gates in 2010.
those players is now playing on the professional level with Manning
playing with the Houston Texans, Scott with the Cincinnati Bengals,
Gates with the Miami Dolphins and Washington with
the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
was one of just two players from the Lone Star Conference to earn AFCA
all-America honors with Midwestern State offensive lineman Amini
Silatolu also earning AFCA accolades.
finished his career by earning first team NCAA Division II all-America
honors from the American Football Coaches' Association, first team Super
Region IV honors and Region Defensive Player
of the Year honors from Daktronics, first team all-Lone Star Conference
honors, and LSC Defensive Lineman of the Year honors in 2011. He's also
an NFL prospect at linebacker, fullback or tight end.
finished his four-year career with 31.5 sacks, which is good for second
on ACU's all-time list, and he also finished with 57.5 tackles for loss
(totaling 341 yards in losses).
senior in 2011, Whiteside faced constant double-teams each week from his
defensive end spot, but it didn't stop him from racking up a
career-high 40 tackles to go along with 6.0 sacks and
12.5 tackles for loss.
was voted the 2008 and 2010 LSC South Division Defensive Lineman of the
Year, 2010 first team all-Super Region Four by Daktronics and Don
Hansen's Football Gazette, and Daktronics' 2010
second team all-America and Super Region Defensive Player of the Year.