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Petersen and Cooney named to AFCA FCS All-America Teams
Dec. 20, 2017

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SAN DIEGO -- The post-season awards keep coming in for the University of San Diego football program. Today the American Football Coaches Association announced the 2017 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America Teams and senior defensive end Jonathan Petersen (Poway, Calif.) and junior left tackle Daniel Cooney (Western Springs, Ill.) were named to the Second Team. This marks the second straight season for Cooney to be named to the Second Team, while Petersen earns his first nod from the AFCA.

DE -- Jonathan Petersen, 6-1, 240 lbs., RS-Sr., Poway, Calif.
STATS Buck Buchanan Award Finalist... Ted Hendricks Award Candidate... 2017 First Team All-America (Associated Press; STATS; Phil Steele Publications)... PFL Defensive Player of the Year (unanimous)... First Team All-PFL (3rd straight year)... Team Captain... PFL Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 15)... Ranks #1 in FCS in sacks (18, 1.38 per game) and tackles for loss (25.5, 2.0 per game)... He is #2 in FCS in forced fumbles (7, 0.54)... Three times recorded 3 sacks in a game (North Dakota State, Drake, and Morehead State)... Totaled 2 sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in playoff win over NAU... Totaled 8 tackles, 3 sacks (all in first half) and one forced fumble in second round FCS Playoff at NDSU... Now with 44 career sacks, he is the new FCS all-time record holder... Team defense #2 in FCS in red zone defense (.629), #10 in rushing defense (93.8) and #13 in scoring defense (17.5)... Among FCS active career leaders, he ranks No. 1 in total sacks (44.0), sacks per game (0.92), forced fumbles per game (0.33) as well as tackles for loss (1.55).

OL/LT -- Daniel Cooney, 6-8, 315 lbs., RS-Jr., Western Springs, Illinois
2017 First Team All-PFL... Anchored Torero offensive line at left tackle that ranked #2 in FCS for sacks allowed (8 in 13 games, 0.62)... Torero offense ranked #5 in FCS in 3rd down conversions (.480), #6 in team passing efficiency (160.40) and #7 in scoring offense (36.4)... Cooney averaged 7.5 (pancakes) per game... Allowed just one sack during regular-season (UC Davis)... Graded 85% over 13 games... Has now started 26 consecutive games (21-5 team record), including 17 straight PFL victories... Named to AFCA All-America Second Team in 2016... 2016 First Team All-PFL.



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