DICKINSON, N.D.– Blue Hawk Senior linebacker Thomas Sease was named to the All-American First Team Monday morning by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
The AFCA's NAIA All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's seven districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.
Head Coach Pete Stanton said, "We are very proud of Tommy Sease on this outstanding accomplishment. His relentless work ethic and desire to be the best he could be in all phases of his life has paid off. He is an outstanding leader, student, and person. He is an honors student as well as a first-class person off the field."
It is the third consecutive season that the Blue Hawks have had a student-athlete named All-America. In the 2015 season offensive lineman Meyer Bohn received the honor. Last year, defensive lineman Noey Tauave received first-team honor and defensive back Cain Boschee was named to the second-team.
Throughout the 2017 season, the Bismarck native has tallied 71 tackles and two sacks. Sease was also able to snatch three interceptions, returning one 88-yards for a touchdown. Sease accumulated all of this in only 10 games while battling wrist injuries.
Sease was named the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Defensive Player of the Year. He also received his third selection to the NSAA All-Conference First-Team.
Sease was also named one of the eleven NAIA Football Player of the Year Nominees. The award recipient will be announced by the NAIA on Friday.
Sease's success has been apparent for his four years with the program. The Blue Hawk linebacker's impact on the team was immediately apparent. In the four years on the field, Sease set multiple program records. With 128 tackles in 2016 he set the program's most tackles in a season record, then in his senior year Sease set the record for career tackles, finishing with 317.
When reflecting on Sease's career Stanton noted, "Tommy will go down as one of the top players in the history of our program. We are very excited for him and this accomplishment and it couldn't happen to a better person."