WACO, Texas – Gardner-Webb linebacker Chad Geter was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS All-America Second Team on Monday, his second national honor of the postseason.
Geter (Irmo, S.C. / Dutch Fork HS) is the first Gardner-Webb standout to earn AFCA All-America honors since 2008 and only the fourth in program history – joining defensive lineman Harold Wells (2004), defensive end Brian Johnston (2007) and offensive tackle Demario Deese (2008).
Geter was named to the Associated Press FCS All-America Team earlier this month.
The 6-foot-2, 253-pound outside linebacker wrapped up a standout career in Boiling Springs, recording a career-best 118 total tackles (67 solo) to lead the Big South Conference.
Geter ranked No. 13 nationally in tackles per game and ranked No. 8 nationally with his 67 solo stops. He added 8.0 tackles for loss, one sack and led Gardner-Webb with six quarterback pressures from his SPUR position.
Even more impressive was Geter's production against top-flight teams. In Gardner-Webb's three games against nationally-ranked opponents, he averaged 12.3 tackles per game.
Geter's production in his final season should come as no surprise, as he finished his career with 345 total tackles to rank seventh in Big South Conference history. He and former All-America linebacker Jeffery Williams are tied for that spot, and for ninth on Gardner-Webb's career list – which includes each senior college season since 1970.
In addition to his All-America accolades, Geter was one of 25 finalists for the 2016 Buck Buchanan Award – the FCS National Defensive Player of the Year trophy presented by STATS FCS – and is a finalist for the 2016 South Carolina Hall of Fame Collegiate Player of the Year award.
Geter earned his degree from Gardner-Webb in May, 2016, and is currently pursuing his MBA at the school.
Gardner-Webb football student-athletes have now earned 69 spots on FCS All-America teams since moving to NCAA Division I in 2000.