Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Outgoing University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) senior offensive lineman Garth Heikkinen has been named to the D2football.com All-American first team for the 2012 season, it was announced on Thursday.
The honor is Heikkinen's fifth All-American selection this year and 10th overall, which ties him for the program record with former UMD running back Isaac Odim.
As far as first team All-American honors go, though, Heikkinen is now the all-time leader at UMD with seven in his career.
The Duluth, Minn. native has been a staple on the offensive line during his four years at UMD, starting a school-record 54 straight games and helping the team to an overall record of (47-7).
In 2012, Heikkinen was one of five senior captains during a season in which the team posted a program-record 46.5 points per game.
The senior is the Bulldogs' first-four time all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honoree, being named three times to the first team (2010-12) and once being given honorable mention (2009).
He was also named the 2012 recipient of the Gene Upshaw Award, which is given out each year to the best lineman in Division II. For that, he also gets a chance to play in the 88th annual East-West Shrine Game, which is set for Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla.