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A trio of Linfield College senior football players have been selected as first team All-Americans by D3football.com.
The lofty honors were announced Friday night before the start of the Stagg Bowl, the NCAA Division III national championship game in Salem, Va.
Linebacker Dominique Forrest, defensive tackle Tyler Steele and offensive tackle Steven Schultz were all slotted on the All-America first team. Forrest was a second team All-American last season while Steele earned a third team citation in 2011. Schultz was received All-America honors for the first time in his career.
Linfield's three appointments to the All-America first team were the most by any Division III program this season.
Forrest, who earlier in the week received prestigious All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association, completed a marvelous four-year career. The two-time Northwest Conference and West Region Defensive Player of the Year concluded his career sixth on Linfield's all-time total tackles list with 259. He also ranks 10th in Linfield history in unassisted tackles (140) and fourth in assisted tackles (119).
Fully recovered from a devastating ankle injury suffered during the 2012 playoffs, Forrest went on to start all 12 games at inside linebacker. He totaled 96 tackles, including five sacks and 11 other tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two quarterback hurries.
Steele returned from a knee injury that cost him nine games in 2012, returning to the All-America form he enjoyed in 2011. A starter in 47 games over his career, Steele finished fifth all-time in tackles for loss (46) and sixth in quarterback sacks. (25). As a team, Linfield had the top-rated rushing defense in Division III, allowing opponents an average of just 60.2 yards per game on the ground.
Schultz started every game on the offensive line for the Wildcats, helping the Wildcats lead Division III in scoring with a 48.8 points-per-game average. The Linfield offense set single-game records for most rushing touchdowns (8, twice) and highest pass completion percentage (85.7 vs. Lewis & Clark).
Linfield rolled to an 11-1 season, losing only to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the NCAA quarterfinals.