WICHITA FALLS, Texas Colorado State University-Pueblo football senior outside linebacker James Maxie (Parker, Colo.) has earned NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) First Team All-American recognition, announced Thursday by the organization.
Sports information directors in NCAA Division II nominate and vote on the D2CCA teams.
Maxie joins senior Jackson Wibbels (DE, Colorado Springs, Colo.) as All-Americans in 2019, as Wibbels earned a first team honor from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
The All-American honor for Maxie is the first of his career, while he is the 52nd Pack player to earn an All-American nod since the program restarted in 2008.
D2CCA First Team All-American ... D2CCA All-Super Region 4 First Team ... All-RMAC First Team ... Named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week three times (Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Nov. 4) and D2Football.com Defensive Player of the Week once (Oct. 8) ... Started all 13 games at outside linebacker ... Led the team, ranked 2nd in the RMAC and T-19th nationally with 107 tackles (45 solo) ... Racked up 17.5 tackles for loss (-74 yards) to sit 2nd on the team, 4th in the conference and T-20th in Division II ... Totaled 8.5 sacks (-53 yards) to finished 3rd on the team and T-7th in the league ... Added three fumble recoveries (T-1st in the RMAC) and two pass breakups ... Went off for 17 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks at South Dakota Mines (Oct. 5) to tied the program record for tackles in a game and establish the program record for tackles for loss in a game ... The 6.5 tackles for loss tied for the most in a game in NCAA Division II this season, while the 4.5 sacks tied for the 2nd most in DII this season ... Totaled nine or more tackles on seven occasions ... In four games in October he totaled 45 tackles, 12 tackles or loss and seven sacks.
Finished his career with 170 tackles (82 solo)... His 26.5 tackles for loss (-133 yards) ranks 9th all-time at CSU-Pueblo ... He totaled 12 sacks (-73 yards) to sit T-9th in program history.
THE 2019 DEFENSE
The Pack defense finished the regular season first in NCAA Division II in interceptions (26), sacks (3.82 spg) and defensive touchdowns (9), second in turnovers gained (32), fourth in rushing defense (60.9 ypg), fifth in scoring defense (14.5 ppg) and eighth in team passing efficiency defense (96.93). The Pack were 18th in the nation in total defense (287 ypg) at the end of the regular season.
After two playoff games, the Pack finished with 30 interceptions to break the school record for picks in a season.
Defensive Coordinator Donnell Leomiti was named the AFCA NCAA Division II Assistant Coach of the Year.
THE 2019 THUNDERWOLVES
After a 10-1 (9-1 RMAC) regular season, the ThunderWolves earned the No. 4 seed in Super Region Four and the right to host an NCAA Playoffs First Round game. The Pack finished the season 11-2 after defeating Augustana University 17-0 in the first round. In round two, the Pack suffered a 35-7 loss at No. 4 Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Pack started and finished the regular season ranked No. 9 in the AFCA poll. CSU-Pueblo made its third consecutive trip to the postseason and seventh since 2011. In those seven appearances, the ThunderWolves reached at least the second round on six occasions. The Pack recorded at least 11 wins for the seventh time in program history.