Nebraska Wesleyan University senior punter Ethan Hunke was named to the 2010 AFCA NAIA Coaches All-America Team that was announced today (Dec. 14) by the American Football Coaches Association.
Hunke (West Point, Neb.) averaged 42.9 yards per punt during the 2010 season to rank fifth among all NAIA punters in average. He had 54 punt attempts on the year, which is 18 more attempts than any of the four players ranked ahead of him in average. Hunke placed 15 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, and had a long punt of 71 yards. Ten of Hunke’s punts went for 50 yards or longer.
Hunke is just the second NWU football player in school history to be named to the AFCA Coaches All-America Team.
The West Point Central Catholic H.S., finishes his career as the all-time leader in punting average at Nebraska Wesleyan. For his career, Hunke punted 166 times for an average of 41.3 yards per attempt. Hunke also will end his career with the top two single season punting averages in NWU history. His 2010 average of 42.9 is the top single season mark in school history, with his 2009 average of 41.7 ranking second.
This marks the second straight season that Hunke has earned All-America recognition. During the 2009 season, he was an honorable mention All-American selection from College Fanz Sports Network. He was also a three-time All-GPAC performer.
NWU finished the 2010 season with a 4-6 overall record.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best – the coaches themselves. The AFCA All-America team is made up of 11 offensive players, 11 defensive players, a punter, a placekicker and an all-purpose player.