WACO, Texas - Union senior offensive lineman Quintin Borders became only the second player in program history to be named a First Team All-American twice as he earned a spot on the 2010 AFCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Team, the American Football Coaches' Association announced Tuesday.
"I am very happy for Quintin. He is very deserving of this award," said Union head coach Tommy Reid. "Quintin has been a vital part of our team, of our offense for the past four years, and a lot of our success began with him and the offensive line. He is an excellent football player but even person and student."
Borders (Lexington, Ky.) was the first Bulldog to make the AFCA All-America Team when he made the squad last season. Since 2006, AFCA has sponsored the NAIA All-America Team, which consists of 25 players. By making the team again, Borders joins Kevin Bradshaw as the only players in program to receive the honor twice. Bradshaw landed on the the 1991 and 1992 NAIA All-American First Team as a kick returner.
In all, this is the seventh time a Bulldog has made the sixth First Team All-American. Besides Borders and Bradshaw, Brendon Miller (1991), J.T. Pennington (1993) and Jeremy Macejewski (1994) also have received the honor. The Bulldogs have had five Second Team All-Americans and 15 Honorable Mentions.
Borders is one of only four repeat selections on this year's AFCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Team, joining Nick Hegger of McKendree (Ill.), Jake Duren of MidAmerican Nazarene (Kan.) and Andy Smith of South Dakota Mines.
At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Borders has been dominant force for Union upfront during his four seasons. He is one of two players in program history to make the All-Mid-South Conference First Team four times in a career. Last season, he became the first offensive lineman in Mid-South Conference history to receive the MSC Offensive Player of the Year.
Despite missing a portion of the season due to injury, Borders anchored the offensive line which led the way for Union's record-setting offense. The Bulldogs set offensive records for most points in a season (440), most total offensive yards in a season (5,206), most rushing yards in a season (2,904) and most rushing touchdowns in a season (33).
With Borders helping lead the up front, Union has posted four of the top 10 scoring seasons in program history. The Bulldogs have scored a total of 1,397 total points and averaged 31.75 points per game during Borders' tenure.
Union finished the 2010 campaign with a 7-4 record and went 4-2 in the Mid-South Conference West to tie for second in the division.
To view the entire AFCA NAIA All-America Team, click here.