Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jaquan Artis and Kyle Dugger have been named American Football Coaches Association Second Team All-Americans as announced by the association this morning. This marks the second All-American accolade for Dugger who was a Don Hansen Honorable Mention All-American as a return specialist last year. Dugger was selected as a defensive back this season, while Artis earned his first All-American honor on the defensive line.
Despite only playing in seven games on the season, Dugger’s impact on the Bears earned him First Team All-Conference accolades on top of the All-American selection. Dugger made 31 tackles and had two interceptions and four pass breakups. On the first possession of the season, Dugger had a 30-yard pick six and added another pick which he returned 63 yards. The safety had a season-high nine tackles against Carson-Newman and is also a playmaker on special teams. The First Team All-Conference return specialist returned two punts for touchdowns against UVA Wise and broke the program record for most career punt return yards.
After 2.5 sacks against Carson-Newman in the Second Round of the NCAA Playoffs, Artis is tied for the lead in all of Division II with 14 sacks. Artis is also fourth in the nation in tackles for loss at 22.5 and was named the South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. On top of that, the senior is a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy along with the Gene Upshaw Award. Artis leads the Bears with 79 total tackles and has added three forced fumbles and 11 quarterback hurries.