DEFIANCE, Ohio – Just days after being named NCAA Division III All-Ohio by OhioCollegeFootball.com, Defiance College's Kyle Longsdorf has been named D3football.com Third-Team All-North Region.
Longsdorf excelled during his junior season, while seeing action from the safety and linebacker positions and anchored a DC defense which ranked second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in scoring defense (22.1), rushing defense (119.5) and total sacks (27). The London, Ohio, native paced the Yellow Jackets and led all HCAC athletes with 116 tackles for the 16th-highest tackling average in the nation.
Along with the career-high total in tackles, Longsdorf added 11.0 stops for negative yardage, three sacks, two interceptions, seven passes defended, three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and one blocked kick en route to being named Second-Team All-HCAC.
Longsdorf's season highlights included chasing down 22 tackles in Defiance's 35-0 win against Bluffton in the final game of the year for the fourth-highest single-game total in the NCAA this season, and earning the ensuing HCAC Defensive Player of the Week award.