VALDOSTA, Ga. - For the second time in as many years at Valdosta State, senior offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder has been named first team All-America by the America Football Coaches Association, as announced by the organization on Monday.
Schraeder earned the honor after a dominating year in which he led Valdosta State with 63 knockdown blocks. He graded out at 95.5 percent on the season as he earned a positive grade on 863 of 904 plays he participated on and allowed only two sacks and one quarterback hit on the year.
Schraeder also earned AFCA honors last season as well as his sophomore year, when he led Butler Junior College to the NJCAA national championship.
The Wichita, Kan. native has been instrumental in VSU setting a number of school records this season, particularly in rushing the ball. Schraeder and the rest of the Valdosta State offensive line allowed VSU backs to gain 2,858 yards on the ground, a new school record, as well as 37 rushing touchdowns, also a new school mark. On the season, the Blazers have averaged a school record 219.8 yards per game rushing.
VSU is also nearing two additional school records, as the 2012 team is second all-time in school history with 547 points scored, 70 behind the 2001 season, and has tallied 6,255 total yards of offense, just 379 shy of the school record in that category.