PELLA—Central College kicker Jon Alberts (senior, Huntley, Ill.) became the school’s 15th player named to the American Football Coaches Association Division III All-America team Wednesday.
He was a first-team selection.
Alberts, the most accurate kicker in school history, is a first-team selection. A three-time first-team American Rivers all-conference pick, he was a perfect 59-of-59 on extra points this year while connecting on 11 of 13 field goals (84.6%) with a long of 48 yards. He was 33- of-38 for his career on field goals while hitting 143 of 148 extra-point tries. Of his 84 kickoffs, 20 went for touchbacks.
He set a school season record for most extra points (59) and ranked fifth in field goals (11) after setting the school season mark of 14 in 2017. He ranked third in season field goal percentage (84.6%) after setting the school record of 87.5% in 2017.
On the school career charts, Alberts is first in field-goal percentage (86.8), third in field goals (33), fifth in field goal attempts (38), third in extra points (143), second in extra-point percentage (96.6%) and sixth in scoring (242). His 55-yard field goal at Wartburg College in 2018 was also a school record.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team annually since 1945, first choosing a college division squad in 1946 and launching a Division III team in 1996. Only one team was selected in each division until 2016, when a second team was added.
Alberts is the first Central honoree since defensive back Jacob Edleman in 2014. Central players have been cited 16 times, with offensive tackle Jeff Helle (1993, 1994) the only two-time pick. Alberts is the first Central kicker chosen.
Central’s 16 selections rank 14th among all Division III schools.
In 2018, Alberts was also named a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American. He was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District squad for the third time this year but the 2019 Academic All-America squad has not yet been released. He carries a 3.91 grade point average while majoring in business management and philosophy. Alberts is a three-time academic all-conference honoree.
Last year Alberts was named to the D3football.com all-West Region second team and was a third-team pick for this year’s D3football.com preseason all-America squad. He’s received conference special teams player of the week accolades nine times, including four times this season. He was a finalist for the 2018 Fred Mitchell Award as the nation’s top small-college kicker and was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Mazda as the nation’s top football scholar-athlete as chosen by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.
Central’s AFCA Division III All-Americans
1974--Al Dorenkamp, LB
1977--Don Taylor, TB
1984--Scott Froehle, DB
1985--Rich Thomas, NG
1988--Mike Stumberg, NG
1989--Kris Reis, LB
1990--Ron Saak, LB
1992--Bill Mulder, LB
1993--Jeff Helle, OT
1994--Jeff Helle, OT
1995--Rick Sanger, LB
1996--Mark Kacmarynski, TB
1998--Andrew Paulsen, DB
2000--Jeff Sanger, LB
2014--Jacob Edleman, DB
2019—Jon Alberts, K