A dominant senior season continues to result in awards for Ashland University defensive end James Prater Jr.
On Wednesday (Dec. 5) morning, Prater Jr. was named to the second team defense of the 2018 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches' All-America team. This comes on the heels of Prater Jr. garnering first-team Super Region 3, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year and first-team All-GLIAC honors. He also finished fifth in the finals of the vote for the Gene Upshaw Award, the Division II Senior Lineman of the Year.
This past season, Prater Jr. was second in the GLIAC in sacks (9½) and tied for third in tackles for loss (15), and finished runner-up on the team with 65 total tackles (27 solo). He also broke up four passes.
This is the fourth consecutive season that Ashland has had either first-teamer, second-teamer or both on the AFCA All-American squad, and it is the seventh season this decade this has occurred.
In 2018, Ashland's football team finished 6-4 overall and 6-2 in the GLIAC. All four of the Eagles' losses were to Top 25 teams by a total of 21 points.