NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Carleton College safety Mike Elder (Sr./San Antonio, Texas/Central Catholic) was named to the 2012 All-West Region Team as announced by D3football.com. Elder is a third-team selection and is the ninth Knight tabbed for an All-Region award over the last five seasons.
The selection is not a surprise after Elder put together one of the top statistical seasons in the nation. He finished the regular-season with 64 solo tackles, a figure that was tops among Division III defensive backs, ranked second among all NCAA defensive backs—across Division I, II and III—and finished eighth among all D-III players regardless of position.
Elder also collected 42 tackle assists to give him 106 total tackles for the year. That sum again paced all Division III defensive backs, ranked fifth among all NCAA defensive backs (across all divisions), and slotted him 21st among all D-III players.
This was also not the first time his standout senior season earned him recognition on a larger scale. Elder was selected to the D3football.com national Team-of-the-Week following his 18-tackle performance at Saint John’s on Oct. 13, an effort that tied him for the eighth-highest figure in Carleton history. He had 11 unassisted stops that afternoon and earned the conference’s defensive player-of-the-week award as well. Elder’s campaign also included 14 tackles—including 12 solo stops—against No. 3 St. Thomas on Sept. 29.
The MIAC had 19 players tabbed to the All-Region teams, eight on offense and 11 on defense.
Carleton Players Named to D3football.com All-Region Team
|2006||--||Matt Frank (So.)||--||Wide Receiver||--||First Team|
|2007||--||Drew Ziller (Jr.)||--||Safety||--||Second Team|
|2008||--||Drew Ziller (Sr.)||--||Safety||--||First Team|
|--||Brad Eckelmann (Jr.)||--||Offensive Tackle||--||Second Team|
|--||Steve Ramey (Sr.)||--||Tight End||--||Second Team|
|--||Shane Henfling (Sr.)||--||Quarterback||--||Third Team|
|--||Matt Frank (Sr.)||--||Wide Receiver||--||Third Team|
|--||Erik Fabry (Fy.)||--||Punter||--||Third Team|
|2009||--||Brad Eckelmann (Jr.)||--||Offensive Tackle||--||Second Team|
|2011||--||Jordan Soteros (Jr.)||--||Return Specialist||--||Second Team|
|2012||--||Mike Elder (Sr.)||--||Safety||--||Third Team|