Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) senior offensive lineman Garth Heikkinen has been named to the Division II All-American team by the American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA), it was announced on Monday.
This marks the second straight season Heikkinen has garnered AFCA All-American status, making him the first Bulldog to ever attain that specific honor.
The Duluth, Minn. native started in a UMD-record 54 consecutive games over the past four seasons, anchoring an offensive line that led the way for a school-record 46.5 points per game in the 2012 year.
Heikkinen has been named four times to the all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), earning first team honors in the 2010-12 seasons
Since the Duluth Central graduate has assumed his starting role, the Bulldogs have posted a (47-7) overall record, won three overall NSIC regular season titles, and won the NCAA Division II championship.
Heikkinen has also been named one of eight finalists for the 2012 Gene Upshaw Award, which is given each year to the best offensive lineman in Division II.
The award winner will be announced on Dec. 17, and this year's recipient will have the opportunity to play in either the East-West Shrine Game or the NFLPA All-Star Game.