HUNTSVILLE, Texas – For the second year in a row, Sam Houston State safety Darnell Taylor has been named to the
American Football Coaches Association All-America team, the AFCA announced Tuesday.
Taylor is a repeat AFCA All-America performer. He also is a two-time Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year after winning first-team all-conference honors at safety.
Taylor leads the Bearkat defense in tackles this season with 91 including 63 solos stops and two quarterback sacks. Sam Houston ranks No. 3 in the nation in rush defense, No. 14 in scoring defense and No. 15 in total defense. The Bearkats led the Southland
Conference in rushing, total defense and scoring defense.
The senior from Mesquite, Texas, broke the school record for most solo tackles in a career with a four-year total of 228. The old record of 215 was set by former NFL New York Jet veteran linebacker Stan Blinka who was an NAIA All-America selection for Sam
Houston in 1975-78.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best - the coaches themselves.
Also, only the top 22 players in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision play receive the honor.