WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gallaudet University football recently had two players named to the Beyond Sports College Network All-American team. Sophomore defensive end Matt Harris (Lynchburg, Va.) was named to the first team defense for Division III and junior linebacker Tom Pangia (Hammonton, N.J.) was picked to the second team defense. The two Bison are part of 208 Division III players named to this scouting and recruiting website's All-American teams.
Harris led NCAA Division III with 15.5 sacks and 26 tackles for a loss of 129 yards. Harris was named ECFC Defensive Player of the Week twice (Oct. 24, 31) and was picked to the D3football.com Team of the Week (Oct. 24). He was a first team All-ECFC first team defensive selection. When he wasn't terrorizing opposing quarterbacks, Harris was making plays all over the field as he recovered a fumble and played in all 10 games.
Pangia, the first-ever three-time All-ECFC first team defender, led the conference with 103 tackles (72 solo) as the team co-captain had 11 or more tackles in six of the 10 games this season. The junior linebacker forced two fumbles, recovered one, and made one interception as he started in all 10 games.
The NCAA currently only recognizes the Division III All-American teams announced by the American Football Coaches Association, D3football.com, Football Gazette and the Associated Press Little All-American teams. To this date offensive lineman Shannon Simon (1987) is the only official All-American for the Bison program.
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