NEW YORK – Gardner-Webb linebacker Chad Geter was named third-team FCS All-America by the Associated Press Thursday, capping a stellar career with the Runnin' Bulldogs.
The selection for Geter (Irmo, S.C. / Dutch Fork HS) marks the 68th All-America honor for Gardner-Webb football since the program moved up to Division I FCS in 2000.
Geter earned his spot with a career-best year at outside linebacker, leading the Big South Conference and ranking 13th nationally with 118 total tackles and eighth nationally with 67 solo stops. The 6-foot-2, 253-pound graduate student added 8.0 tackles for loss, one sack and a team-high six quarterback pressures.
That production stabilized a young defensive group that finished the 2016 season ranked third in the Big South Conference in both scoring defense and total defense.
Geter ratcheted up his play against ranked opponents, averaging 12.3 tackles per game in three 2016 contests against nationally-ranked opponents. He also averaged 11.4 tackles per game against Big South Conference opponents in 2016 – best in the conference.
He also closed the season with six consecutive games of 10 tackles or more.
A three-time All-Big South Conference selection – including first-team honors in 2015 and 2016 – Geter was runner up for the league's Defensive Player of the Year honor following his final campaign.
Geter was one of 25 finalists for the 2016 Buck Buchanan Award, marking the third time since 2013 that a Gardner-Webb defender has appeared on that ballot – joining Shaquille Riddick (2013) and OJ Mau (2015).
Geter finished his career in Boiling Springs with 345 career tackles, which is tied with former All-America linebacker Jeffery Williams for ninth in Gardner-Webb history – and seventh in Big South Conference history. He ranks seventh in Gardner-Webb history with 40 career tackles for loss.
Geter, who earned his undergraduate degree in May, is currently pursuing his MBA from Gardner-Webb University.
Since 2001, a Gardner-Webb standout has appeared on the Associated Press AP All-America Team 11 times, including four consecutive years.