WACO, Texas – Top manager Michael Junker of the Bemidji State Football Team has been selected to serve on the first coaching squad in Division II of the American Football Coaches Association. He becomes the second defender of the BSU in two seasons to be named AFCA All-American, alongside the former Beaver Gunner Olszewski.
Junker was one of four players at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference named to AFCA All-America First's first-team squad on Tuesday.
Hastings' senior finished his final season as the first NSIC All-Canadian defense team after leading the league in interceptions. Her eight interceptions tied for fourth place in NCAA Division II and her eighteen tied defends for eleventh place in the country. Junker returned two interceptions for touchdowns and led the country with 272 yards in return for interception in 2019. He ranked eighth on BSU with a total of 43 tackles and tied for a 10th with 2 , 5 tackles for a defeat.
Junker ends his career as the all-time leader of BSU in return yards for interception (378) and runner-up in career interceptions (17). He joins Olszewski and former scorer-scorer Zach Pulkinen as the only selected BSU players within the first US AFCA Division II coaching team since at least 2002. is the first American selection of Junker.
The Beavers finished the 2019 season at 8-3 overall and set a program record with 32 wins over the past four seasons.