Ashland University defensive lineman Jamie Meder has been named to the 2013 American Football Coaches Association All-America Team.
The AFCA picks one All-America Team which consists of 25 players - 11 on offense, 11 on defense and three on special teams. The team is selected by football coaches from around the country. The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945.
This is the third consecutive year an AU player has been named to the AFCA Team. Kicker Gregg Berkshire was honored in 2011 and quarterback Taylor Housewright was selected in 2012. Under head coach Lee Owens, Ashland has had five AFCA All-Americans. In 2007, offensive lineman Vince Cashdollar was named to the team and in 2008, quarterback Billy Cundiff made the team.
The other AFCA All-American who played for AU was defensive back Toure Carter, who was named in 2003.
It's hardly a surprise that Meder is part of this elite group. He's a four-time All-GLIAC first team pick and he was named the GLIAC defensive lineman of the year in 2012 and 2013. He was the GLIAC freshman of the year in 2010. Meder had 88 tackles (32 solo) this year. He tied for first on the team in tackles and had a team-leading 7.5 tackles for loss. Meder had 3.0 sacks and forced one fumble.
The senior is a finalist for the 2013 Cliff Harris Award.
Meder has attracted a bevy of interest from NFL scouts. Over 20 NFL teams have made the trip to AU to scout him.
Meder is a native of Parma, Ohio. He is one of 19 seniors on this season's AFCA team. This year's unit also includes four juniors and two sophomores.