WACO, Texas - Wesley College's Sosthene Kapepula has been named an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-American, it was announced by the organization on Monday afternoon. The Wolverines have now had a player chosen for AFCA All-America honors nine-straight years which is the longest current streak in the Nation and only one short of Mount Union's overall record which spanned ten-straight seasons from 2000 to 2009.
A junior linebacker from Olney, Md., Kapepula was one of just seven non-seniors to receive All-America recognition. In his second season as a full-time starter, Kapepula proved to be one of the most dominant defensive players in the Nation, leading the Wolverines with 110 tackles, 19.0 TFLs and ten pass breakups. Kapepula also finished with 2.5 sacks, along with five interceptions which ranked second on the team and among all Division III linebackers.
Finishing with over ten tackles in four games this season, and being credited with a tackle for loss in all but two games, Kapepula is also distinguishing himself as one of the top players in Wesley College history. With another season left to play, Kapepula is on pace to finish fourth at Wesley in tackles, and already ranks ninth for the Wolverines with 38.5 tackles for loss. Kapepula also sits in the top five in program history with six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
This is the second time this season that Kapepula, a two-time D3football.com All-South Region First Teamer, has been named an All-American (Beyond Sports Network). As a freshman in 2011, Kapepula was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year before earning the conference's Defensive Player of the Year award and Second Team All-America honors as a sophomore in 2012.
Advancing to its ninth-straight NCAA Playoff, Wesley finished with a 10-3 overall record and a fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals where it rallied back from a 31-0 first quarter deficit to fall, 62-59, at No. 1 Mount Union.