UW-Whitewater senior linebacker Jace Rindahl has been named to the prestigious American Football Coaches Association's NCAA Division III All-America team for 2008—AFCA chooses only a first team.
The 6-foot-3-inch, 230-pounder from Cambridge High School leads the No. 3 scoring defense in D-III with five interceptions for 123 yards, returning one for a touchdown, as the Warhawks (13-1) prepare to make their fourth consecutive appearance in the Alonzo Stagg Bowl.
Rindahl sits second on the team in total tackles with 98 through 14 contests, including 51 solo stops. Heading into Saturday's national title showdown against Mount Union (Ohio) in Salem, Va., he has registered nine tackles for a loss, broken up six passes and recovered one fumble.
Rindahl helped UW-W's stop troops finish first or second in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in six major categories. That earned him unanimous first-team all-WIAC laurels as well as first-team all-West Region honors from D3football.com. Rindahl has been named the Warhawks' defensive player of the week four times this fall.
The standout, who has played in more games than any gridder in UW-W history, was an honorable mention all-WIAC pick after he recorded 107 total tackles in 2007, the 10th-best single-season mark in team history, including 58 solo stops, which sits at No. 5 in school annals.