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WACO, Texas (SAU) - Southern Arkansas senior cornerback Don Unamba (Hurst, Texas) was honored Monday as one of the top defensive backs in the country in being named to the 2012 AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Division II Coaches' All-America Team.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions and is considered one of the most prestigious postseason teams announced.
Unamba started all 11 games this season, finishing fifth on the team with 47 tackles (37 solo), including 1.5 for six yards in loss. The senior had three interceptions for 66 yards in return and set the new school record with 17 pass breakups, while also blocking two kicks and recovering a fumble.
Unamba led the Great American Conference and is currently ranked eighth nationally in passes defended with 20, averaging 1.82 per game.
A three-year starter, Unamba had a season-high nine tackles (8 solo) in the Muleriders' 44-36 loss to No. 8 Henderson State October 27, before totaling five and posting a 66-yard interception return the next week in a 44-28 win at Ouachita Baptist. He had four pass breakups in a 30-14 win at Arkansas-Monticello September 29, and had two interceptions and broke up a pass in a 19-0 shutout win at East Central (Okla.) October 13.
Unamba is only the fifth player in SAU history to be named to the AFCA All-America squad, selected by the nation's coaches, and the first since former Southern Arkansas and current Philadelphia Eagle defensive tackle Cedric Thornton (Star City) in 2009.