Leading tackler for 4 seasons
Cumberland University senior linebacker Nathan Jernigan was named a Second Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Tuesday, as announced by the AFCA and the NAIA.
The Eagleville High School graduate was voted Mid-South Conference West Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season last month.
"Nathan has been one of our team leaders since he came on campus five years ago," said CU head coach Donnie Suber. "He's never missed a workout and he's a great example of what we're looking for in a student athlete."
A redshirt senior, Jernigan has already earned an undergraduate degree and is well into his post-graduate work.
He collected 105 tackles in 11 contests this season, ranking third in the conference and tied for 21st nationally at 9.5 tackles per game.
Jernigan registered five outings with double-digit stops, including a career-best 16 at Bethel University and 13 versus the University of the Cumberlands.
He posted 11 tackles for loss with four sacks, five quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and one forced fumble.
Jernigan led the Phoenix in tackles all four seasons at Cumberland, including 66 stops as a redshirt freshman, 99 as a sophomore and 104 as a junior.
He finished his Cumberland career with 374 tackles with 31 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, four interceptions and 14 pass breakups.