Montclair, NJ (12/12/11) – Senior running back Chris D'Andrea (Union, NJ / Union) earned a a spot on the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III All-America released on Tuesday.
D'Andrea was among the 25 players chosen to this year's team. 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.
D'Andrea becomes the 12th player in MSU history to be honored by the AFCA and second in three seasons. Montclair State has had 14 total All-Americans selected by the AFCA with defensive lineman Paul Cioffi (1989 & 1990) and Dan Zakashefski (1985 & 1986) each collecting two.
A First-Team All-NJAC and All-East Region selection by D3Football.com, D'Andrea helped Montclair State to an 8-2 record this season and a Top 25 ranking throughout the entire season.
D'Andrea was sidelined for the final eight games of 2010, but came back to record the finest season of any running back in school history. He shattered the 30-year-old record for single-season rushing yards as he ran for 1,583 yards breaking Bobb Vannoy's standard of 1,417 set in 1981. He also averaged 6.36 yards per carry and broke Bob Hermanni's 1973 record of 6.02 yards per touch.
A two-time NJAC Offensive Player of the Week, D'Andrea led Division III in rushing yards at the end of the regular season and ranks fifth in yards per game (158.3). He led the NJAC in rushing and all-purpose yards and scoring (96 points) and ranked eighth in total offense, the only non-quarterback in the league to be listed in that category. D'Andrea had 16 total touchdowns - second best single-season total in school history with 15 of them coming via the ground game.
D'Andrea, who was also named to D3Football.com's "Team of the Week" rushed for no less than 110 yards in nine of 10 contests this season, the lone game coming against Buffalo State when he ran for 85 yards in two-plus quarters in a 53-24 victory on September 24. Five times, D'Andrea topped the 150-yard mark. He set the tone for the season with 239 yards in the season opener against Salve Regina and topped the 200-yard mark again totaling 231 yards in a 38-7 win over Western Connecticut in the driving snowstorm on October 29. D'Andrea also had 193 yards versus William Paterson in a 20-0 win and accumulated 146 yards and all three touchdowns in Montclair's 27-21 loss at TCNJ.
D'Andrea also had a knack for coming up with big plays as he recorded 22 carries of 20-plus yards and seven of his 15 rushing touchdowns were 35 yards or longer, including four of 50-plus yards and two of 75 and 80 yards, respectively. Against Rowan in the Red Hawks' 37-31 win, D'Andrea accounted for all 25 yards on MSU's overtime possession. He ripped off a 24-yard run on third-down and capped off the drive with a one-yard plunge to give Montclair the victory.
D'Andrea became the 11th back in school history to run for more than 2,000 yards in a career and his outstanding 2011 campaign left him sixth all-time on the MSU rushing list at 2,333 yards. He is also only one of nine players in school history to surpass the 3,000-yard mark for all-purpose yardage (3,275).