FB: Austin Baker adds yet another All-American honor

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Doug Sampson file photo

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WACO, Texas -- Senior punter Austin Baker has continued to earn postseason recognition for his efforts during the 2018 football season. On Monday afternoon, Baker was selected as a First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. This honor comes on the heels of his recent trip with Team USA to the Aztec Bowl in Mexico City. 

On Thursday, Baker was also named to the Associated Press Division III All-America First Team. This award was selected by various media members from around the country. 

Also, on Friday evening, during pregame coverage of the Stagg Bowl National Championship game, Baker was named a D3football.com Third Team All-American. 

Baker led the nation in punting with 43.7 yards per punt. He punted a total of 47 times in 10 games this season for a total of 2,054 punt yards, including 15 downed inside the 20-yard line.  

His average was aided by a NCAA Division III record 95-yard punt on November 3 set at John Carroll University. The boot broke a 91-yard record set in 2014 and was recognized on ESPN's Sportscenter.

Baker has earned the AFCA honor for the first time in his career. He is the fourth AFCA All-American in Heidelberg football history and is believed to be the first punter to be honored with All-American accolades. In just the second year of existance, Baker's AP award is the first in program history.

As a 2017 D3football.com First Team All-American, Austin re-joins a lengthy list of D3football.com All-Americans for Heidelberg, but he becomes just the third player to earn multiple All-American awards from the D3football.com committee. 

With his three awards, Austin becomes the first player in Berg Football history to earn three separate All-American honors in the same season. 

In addition to his national recognition, Baker was named All-OAC First Team, D3football.com All-North Region First Team, and earned two OAC Special Teams Player of the Week awards this season.

Last updated 12/14/18 at 7:19 p.m.