Soumahoro Earns Second Straight AFCA All-America Honor

Soumahoro Earns Second Straight AFCA All-America Honor

WACO, Texas — For the second straight season, Berry College's Mamadou Soumahoro has been selected to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America first team.

A senior defensive lineman out of Lawrenceville, Ga., Soumahoro has solidified himself as one of the top defensive players in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) and Berry history. After finishing the season with 14 sacks, 15 total tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, four batted passes, two blocked kicks and a career-best 57 tackles, Soumahoro was selected as the SAA Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight time. The four-time All-Conference selection was also named the D3football.com South Region Defensive Player of the Year this season and is poised to (in all likelihood) receive his second All-America honor from the publication later this week.

Soumahoro helped anchor a defensive line that ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation against the run and allowed just 16.0 points per game during the regular season. He holds every pass rushing record in Berry history with 37 career sacks and 48.5 tackles for a loss. Over his career, he has now accumulated three separate All-America honors, four All-SAA nods, a South Region Defensive Player of the Year award, was a Cliff Harris Award finalist and has earned numerous Player of the Week honors. 

The AFCA's Division III All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's eight districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.