NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Gardner-Webb linebacker Chad Geter was named to the STATS FCS All-America Team on Tuesday, earning a second-team spot following a stellar senior season.
Geter (Irmo, S.C. / Dutch Fork HS) is the 14th Gardner-Webb standout to earn All-America honors from STATS FCS since the 2001 season.
It is Geter's third All-America Team spot this postseason, putting him in an elite group of Gardner-Webb linebackers. Hall of Famers Bo Shannon (1998) and Tory Atkins (2001) are the only other linebackers in Gardner-Webb history to earn three All-America positions in the same season.
Geter earned his status with a career-best year in 2016, leading the Big South and ranking No. 13 nationally with a career-high 118 total tackles. That included a career-best 67 solo stops – which also led the Big South Conference and ranked No. 8 nationally.
The 6-foot-2, 253-pound outside linebacker was runner up for the Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016, earning All-Big South Conference honors for the third time in his four seasons on the field.
In addition to his total tackles, Geter added 8.0 tackles for loss and led Gardner-Webb's young defense with six quarterback pressures. He posted at least 10 stops in six consecutive games to close out the season, which helped the Runnin' Bulldogs finish above .500 in Big South play for the first time since 2003.
In three games against ranked opponents, Geter averaged 12.3 tackles per game and supplied 11.4 hits per game in five Big South contests.
Also a preseason STATS FCS All-America selection, Geter was one of 25 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award – given annually by STATS to the top defensive player in the subdivision.
Geter finished his career with 345 total tackles, which ranks No. 7 in Big South Conference history and No. 9 overall in Gardner-Webb history. He and former All-America linebacker Jeffery Williams are tied for those spots – with their 345 hits ranking first in Gardner-Webb's Division I era.
Geter also ranks seventh in Gardner-Webb history with 40 tackles for loss and closed his career with 10.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and 14 pass break ups. His tackles for loss produced 165 lost yards for opposing ball carriers.
Since moving up to NCAA Division I in 2000, Gardner-Webb football student-athletes have earned 70 spots on All-America teams. At least one GWU standout has earned FCS All-America postseason honors in five consecutive seasons.