Muhlenberg junior tight end Ryan Curtiss and Susquehanna junior defensive back Danial Shelton have been named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches' All-America Team. Curtiss earned first team honors, while Shelton was named to the second team.
The All-America honor is the fourth for Curtiss, who was previously named to the 2017 D3football.com third team, 2018 Lindy's preseason second team and 2018 D3football.com preseason first team.
Curtiss is the fifth Mule selected to the AFCA All-America team, which began for Division III in 1972, and the first since offensive tackle Willie Britt in 2016. The only other Muhlenberg junior to make the team was Rob Lokerson in 1993. The D3football.com All-America team will be announced prior to Friday night's Stagg Bowl.
A first-team All-Centennial Conference selection for the second straight year, Curtiss caught 48 passes for 659 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018, ranking second on the Mules in all three categories. Among players listed as tight ends, he is tied for third in Division III in receiving touchdowns. Of Curtiss' 48 receptions, 39 went for first downs or touchdowns, including 15 on third down. In two seasons at Muhlenberg, Curtiss ranks second in program history for career catches by a tight end with 87.
Shelton has been a key defensive stopper all season for the River Hawks, locking down some of the best receivers in the country as he helped lead the team to an 8-3 record in 2018. Shelton was third on the team with 64 total tackles, and was also third on the team with six pass breakups.
An incredibly versatile player, Shelton has performed well in Special Teams as well as on defense for Susquehanna. He was named to the All-Centennial Conference team in 2017 and earned Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year in 2016. This is his first All-American selection.
Upon the nomination, Head coach Tom Perkovich stated "Danial is an outstanding young man who has worked very hard to get to this point. It is exciting to see that others recognize how good he is. Congratulations to him and his coaches, this award is well deserved. We are glad to have him for another year!"