WACO, Texas — Marietta College placed two defensive players on the 2021 American Football Coaches Association Division III All-America Team announced Tuesday morning. Seniors Drake Neuberger and Tay Pryor were both named second team honorees.
“Drake and Tay are both very deserving of this honor,” Marietta head coach Andy Waddle said. “Drake’s production on the defensive line the last two season ranks among the very best in the country and Tay was the leading active career pass defender in the NCAA, all divisions, this fall.”
The two Pioneers are the first to earn AFCA honors since current MC assistant coach Caleb Riggleman garnered first team recognition in 2018.
This is the second All-America honor for Neuberger who earned first team accolades from D3football.com last spring. Pryor is making his first appearance on an All-America team.
Neuberger finished the season with 69 tackles and led the OAC with 20.5 tackles for a loss and 14.0 sacks. He ranked second in NCAA Division III for sacks and fourth for tackles for a loss. Neuberger’s sack total set the Marietta College single season record.
Neuberger’s list of honors for the 2021 season includes D3football.com Preseason All-America second team, Ohio Athletic Conference Paul Hoernemann Co-Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman of the Year, first team All-OAC, D3football.com Region 4 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and D3football.com first team All-Region 4.
Pryor led Division III with 1.8 passes defended per game. His 15 pass break ups were tops in the OAC. Pryor finished the season with 48 total tackles. He had three interceptions and blocked one kick.
Pryor adds the All-America honor to his 2021 resume that includes first team All-OAC and first team D3football.com All-Region 4.
Marietta finished the season with a 4-6 overall record and 4-5 OAC mark.