McDonough Named to AP Little All-America Team
Senior Patrick McDonough of the Muhlenberg football team picked up two more All-America nods over the weekend.
McDonough, who previously was named to the American Football Coaches Association first team, earned spots on the Associated Press Little All-America second team and the D3football.com third team.
The AP Little All-America squad includes players from Division II, Division III and NAIA teams. McDonough was the only linebacker on the first or second teams from Division III; the rest were from Division II. He is the first Mule to make the AP All-America team since 1993.
Last season, McDonough was named a second-team All-American by D3football.com, making him just the second player in program history to earn All-America honors in multiple seasons. He also is the first Muhlenberg player honored on multiple All-America teams in the same season since 2005.
A two-time all-region first-team and three-time All-Centennial Conference first-team selection, McDonough led the conference with 104 tackles, including 9 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. He had some of his best games in the biggest games, recording a career-high 16 tackles against CC champion Johns Hopkins and 14 against Delaware Valley. Both teams finished the regular season undefeated and were ranked in the top 20 in the final Division III poll.
The first Mule in 16 years to reach triple digits in tackles in back-to-back seasons, McDonough finished his career ranked third in school history with 333 tackles, including 189 solo (second in Mule history).
McDonough, a team captain, led a Mule defense that allowed fewer than 20 points and 300 yards per game for the 11th consecutive season. The Mules (7-3) ended the year ranked in the top 40 in Division III in six defensive categories: ninth in scoring defense, 10th in sacks, 13th in turnover margin, 19th in rushing defense, 36th in total defense and 39th in pass efficiency defense. McDonough tied for 39th in Division III in tackles per game.