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Texas Lutheran's Manny Longoria named 2019 AFCA All-America 2nd Team

Texas Lutheran's Manny Longoria named 2019 AFCA All-America 2nd Team

SEGUIN, Texas – Texas Lutheran senior defensive end Manny Longoria (Geronimo/Navarro) is the fifth American Football Coaches Association All-American in TLU Football history after being named Wednesday to the AFCA's Second Team All-America squad for NCAA Division III.

On this select list of TLU award winners, Longoria joins former running back David Wehmeyer (1973, College Division II), linebacker D.W. Rutledge (1974, College Division II), offensive lineman Jerry Ellis (1975, College Division II), and place-kicker Allen Cain (2011, NCAA Division III).

Counting All-America awards from a variety of associations, Longoria is the 91st playing All-American in TLU Football history.

A three-time all-conference player in the American Southwest Conference and a two-time All-South Region selection, Longoria is a playing All-American in any association for the first time.

Longoria is TLU's all-time leader in sacks and tackles for loss. A three-year starter, Longoria ended his playing career with 24.5 sacks (158 yards in losses) and 46.5 tackles for loss (226 yards in losses). He also registered four forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, a blocked kick, and two defensive touchdowns.

With Longoria starting at defensive end for the last 30 games (three seasons), the Bulldogs produced a 21-9 overall record and a 20-7 conference record.

In 2019, the Bulldogs won a school-record eight games in the ASC and won eight games overall for just the eighth time in school history. TLU's runner-up finish in the ASC was a school-best result in the league.

In TLU's 38-27 win over then-No. 6 Hardin-Simmons on Oct. 5, Longoria returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown that gave the Bulldogs a 24-13 lead in the third quarter.

TLU's win that day in Abilene was the Bulldogs' second-ever win in HSU's Shelton Stadium. The victory, in the middle of a seven-game conference win streak, put the Bulldogs in position to play for the ASC Championship on Nov. 9 against No. 1-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor.

In his senior year, Longoria produced six sacks for 29 yards and 12 tackles for loss for 47 yards. He collected a single-season, career-best 43 total tackles. Longoria ended his playing career with 119 total tackles in 35 career games played.

Longoria already is an Academic All-American®, having claimed that honor in 2018 from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Longoria is an Academic All-America® nominee again in 2019. The Academic All-America® Team for NCAA Division III Football will be announced on Dec. 11.

Only Longoria and Cain have claimed both AFCA All-America honors and Academic All-America® honors. Cain was a playing All-American and Academic All-American® in 2011. He repeated as an Academic All-American® in 2012.


TLU All-Time AFCA All-America Selections

RB      David Wehmeyer (College-II)      1973

LB      D.W. Rutledge (College-II)          1974

OL      Jerry Ellis (College-II)                 1975

PK      Allen Cain (NCAA-III)                  2011

DE      Manny Longoria (NCAA-III)         2019


TLU All-Time Football All-America List (from several associations)

Matt Alves                                           2006*, 2007*

Andy Anderson                                     1963

Frank Annweiler                                    1961

Pat Bailey                                             1967

Marquis Barrolle                                    2014

Christopher Bennett                               2015

Walter Bartosh                                      1974

Greg Biedeger                                       1971

Melvin Boelter                                       1968, 1969, 1970

Steve Bohnert                                       1976

Dustin Boren                                         1999

Tyler Brandenburg                                 2014

Alejandro Briseno                                  2017

Ronnie Broz                                          1970

Allen Cain                                             2011&, 2012&

Jim Craig                                              1967

Fred Davis                                            1976

Arlen Dunham                                       1955

Phil Dunne                                            1975, 1976

Jerry Ellis                                              1975

Trent Faith                                            1984

Otis Fields                                             1973

Joe Froelich                                           1972

David Garcia                                          2004

Willie Gipson                                          1975

B.J. Gotte                                             2000

Gene Greenshield                                  1950

Josh Heimann                                        2000

Fred Hightower                                      1954

Arlon Hoermann                                     1965

Tyler Howlett                                         2016*

Royce Johnson                                       1972

Chris Keller                                            1976

Mike Klett                                              1968

Wade Klare                                            1985

Bucky Lampe                                         1977

Billy Larson                                            1959

Lief Larson                                             1982, 1983

Bill Lehman                                            1960

Elton Lieke                                             1964

Manny Longoria                                      2018*, 2019

Dickie Manske                                        1965

Eddie Marburger                                     1957

Roy Maas                                               1967, 1968, 1969

Charlie McMahon                                    1957

Floyd Medearis                                       1970, 1971

Mike Medina                                           1986

Richard Miller                                         1985

Tommy Moten                                        1984

Ebbie Neptune                                        1962

Doug Nettles                                          1985

Chris Ormiston                                       1983

Dennis Ortmann                                     1973, 1974

Kevin Ott                                               1975

Carroll Parker                                         1984

Jeremy Pawelek                                      2005

Jim Perdue                                             1974

Kent Richter                                           1968

Matt Ross                                               2004

D.W. Rutledge                                        1974

David Saenz                                           1999

Bobby Sagebiel                                       1972

Carl Schoessow                                       1970, 1971

Ricky Smith                                            1971

Mark Stavinoha                                       1973

Jeff Stevens                                            1976

Holt Storrie                                             2004, 2005

Carl Tolbert                                             1977

Walter Ulbricht                                        1971, 1972

Robert Valdez                                          1975

Mike Washington                                      1974, 1975, 1976

Dan Wegand                                            1972

David Wehmeyer                                      1971, 1973, 1974

Larry West                                               1969, 1970

Bruce Alan Wells                                       1969

Kendall Wilkerson                                     2014


* Academic All-American

& Playing and Academic All-American in same year