By William Bowman
The Daily Item
Bloomsburg University running back Franklyn Quiteh headlines the 2012 AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team, named by the American Football Coaches Association.
The AFCA has picked an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in five divisions.
Quiteh led the nation in rushing (2,121 yards), touchdowns (24) and rushing yards per game (176.75). The junior rushed for more than 100 yards in every game in 2012 and has a current streak of 17 straight games with 100 yards or more. He rushed for more than 200 yards four times this season and his career numbers stand at 5,328 yards rushing with 58 touchdowns. He is a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which will be awarded to the most valuable player in Division II on Friday.
In addition to the AFCA honor, Quiteh has also been named first team All-PSAC East; first team Daktronics All-Region One and first team All-American by the Beyond Sports Network (BSN).
ANONG THE BEST: The top two players in the Patriot League -- Bucknell's Mike Muscala and Lehigh's C.J. McCollum -- are among the nation's best in two of the top two statisical catergories.
Muscala, a senior from Minnesota, is sixth nationally in rebounding at 11.4 boards a game. He had a season-high 19 boards in a win at Columbia on Dec. 1 and has also scored 29 and 27 points in his last two games.
McCollum, already the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer, is the nation's leading scorer, averaging 24.9 points game for the Mountain Hawks. McCollum has already scored 249 points for Lehigh in 10 games this year.
The Bison also rank in the top 10 nationally in turnovers per game. Bucknell averages 9.9 turnovers a game, fifth best in the nation.
Bucknell is back in action on Saturday when it takes part in a doubleheader with the women. The BU women host Longwood at 4 at Sojka Pavilion with the men hosting La Salle at 7.