STEPHENVILLE – Cody Burtscher has been named to the Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team as an honorable mention linebacker.
 
Burtscher is coming off a banner year after a stellar senior season on and off the field for the Texans.
 
A native of Glen Rose, he was recently named the second player in Tarleton football history to earn All-America recognition from the American Football Coaches Association. He was also a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-America selection, D2CCA first-team all-region, first-team All-Lone Star Conference, academic All-LSC, and the Lone Star Conference Linebacker of the Year. Earlier this year, he was also named a national semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell trophy and the national Cliff Harris Award that recognizes the top defensive players in the country.
 
Burtscher finished the season as the Lone Star Conference leader in tackles with 117 while tacking on 6.0 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, and three interceptions. He was also named the LSC Defensive Player of the Week after lifting the Texans to a 35-5 win over Angelo State in September. He also boasts a 3.93 grade point average as a bio-medical science major.
 
He came to Tarleton in 2013 after a standout career at Glen Rose High School where he starred on both sides of the football – earning All-State honors as a running back and safety. Upon arrival in Stephenville, Burtscher spent his first two seasons on the offensive side before transitioning to linebacker prior to the 2015 season. Over his two years on defense, Burtscher has amassed 218 tackles, including 15.0 for a loss and 9.0 sacks.