Dec. 12, 2016
Charlottesville, Va. - Virginia junior inside linebacker Micah Kiser (Baltimore, Md.) was named a second-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) today (Dec. 12).
Kiser ranks No. 1 in the ACC and is tied for third in the nation with 11.2 tackles per game. His 134 total stops rank No. 2 in the nation and is tied with Wali Rainer for the fourth-most single-season tackles in program history. Kiser also ranks No. 4 in the nation in forced fumbles (5) and second in the ACC and No. 10 in the nation in sacks by a linebacker (6.5).
A semifinalist for the Butkus Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy, Kiser was voted first-team All-ACC by both the league's media and coaches and also received the Touchdown Club of Richmond's linebacker of the year award. Previously, College Sports Madness named Kiser a third-team All-American.
Kiser is the 13th UVA player to earn All-America honors from the FWAA.
An excellent student, Kiser was a second-team selection to the College Sports Information Director's of America Academic All-America team.
For the second year in a row Kiser and UVA free safety Quin Blanding finished No. 1 and No. 2 in tackles in the ACC. They were the only duo in 2015 to accomplish the feat among the 10 FBS conferences. TCU's Travin Howard (1042) and Ty Summers (9.42) join Blanding and Kiser in 2016 as they lead the Big 12 in tackles.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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