CLINTON, Miss. — Mississippi College junior defensive back Keith Villafranco was named a First Team All-American by D3Football.com, it was announced on Friday night.
Villafranco (Kenner, La. / Crescent City HS) became the second straight corner back for MC to be given the First Team honor, following in the footsteps of Jarrad Craine in 2011.
The teams were chosen from 230 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 77 players were chosen. For more information please contact D3football.com Executive Editor Pat Coleman at (612) 237-4855 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Villafranco was a First Team All-South Region and First Team All-ASC selection after finishing second in all of Division III with six forced fumbles and finished 14th with 16 passes defended.
Keith made the move from running back to defensive back in the spring and led the Choctaws and finished fourth in the ASC with 76 tackles. He led the American Southwest Conference with 59 solo stops on the year.
Villafranco also led the team with five interceptions and recorded 9.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. In the game against Louisiana College, he had a season-high 13 tackles, 2.0 TFL, one interception, a forced fumble and a fumble returned for a touchdown.
Mississippi College D3Football.com All-Americans
2000 – Wilson Hillman – First Team Punter
2006 – Jonathan Russell – Second Team Punter
2007 – Jake Allen – Second Team Wide Receiver
2009 – Renard Ellis – First Team Tight End
2009 – Josh Lankford – Second Team Offensive Line
2009 – Quartez Ashmore – Third Team Linebacker
2011 – Jarrad Craine – First Team Defensive Back
2012 – Keith Villafranco – First Team Defensive Back