WACO, Texas – Franklin College senior quarterback Chase Burton has been named Division III First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), as was announced by the coaches association on Tuesday (Dec. 12) morning.
Burton becomes the first member of the Franklin football team to earn First Team All-American honors since Kyle Linville back in 2013, and just the third Grizzly to pick up the accolade from the coaches association, joining the aforementioned Linville and Josh McMillen, who earned the award back in 2001.
The Corydon, Ind.-native led the Grizzlies to an 8-3 record in 2017, as Franklin won the HCAC and made their ninth Division III playoff appearance in the last 11 years. Burton currently leads the nation in passing yards with 3,916, and his 43 touchdown passes are the second most in the country.
The three-time HCAC Offensive Player of the Year guided Franklin to the top offense (564.5ypg) and top passing offense (407.1 ypg) in all of Division III in 2017. The Grizzlies' signal caller closed out his career as the program's all-time leader in passing yards (11,579) and passing touchdowns (121).
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. Members of the AFCA Coaches' All-America First Team will receive a plaque commemorating their selection to the team.