Montana’s record-setting defensive standout Zack Wagenmann has been named to the prestigious 2014 AFCA’s Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team announced recently by the American Football Coaches Association.
A 6-3½, 255-pound senior defensive end from Missoula, Wagenmann had a stellar senior season, and finished third in the balloting for the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the defensive player of the year in the FCS.
He was among the national leaders in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles racking up 17.5 sacks, 22.5 stops for loss, and six forced fumbles. He was Montana’s fifth leading tackler with 74 stops.
Montana was 9-5 overall in 2014, received an at-large berth into the FCS playoffs and advanced to the second round, losing 37-20 on the road to 4th-ranked Eastern Washington. The Griz tied for second in the league with a record of 6-2, and Wagenmann was named the Big Sky Conference’s defensive MVP after the regular season.
Wagenmann was the only player from the Big Sky named to the AFCA’s defensive team. EWU wide receiver Cooper Kupp was the only conference player chosen on the offensive squad, and it was his second straight year to be so-honored, and he was also the only sophomore named to the team. Portland State senior punter Kyle Loomis was named to the team for the second year in a row.
He is currently fourth in the FCS in sacks (1.25 per game), sixth in forced fumbles (0.43 per game), and 13th in tackles for loss (1.6 pg).
A three-time All-Big Sky first team selection, Wagenmann set Montana career records in sacks (37.5), tackles for loss (49), and forced fumbles. His 6 forced fumbles tied the school record (6, Andy Petek, 2000).