VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota senior Miles Bergner (Longmont, Colo.) is the top punter on the 2016 Associated Press FCS All-America Team announced Thursday. It is the first All-America honor for Bergner, who is expected to be named to several such teams during the next week.
Bergner is the FCS’ leading punter with a program-record 47.5-yard average, nearly two yards better than any of his peers. His four-year career average of 42.8 on 262 boots is also a South Dakota record. Bergner’s punts netted 41.3 yards this season, the second-best average in the nation.
Bergner punted 68 times for 3,230 yards in 2016. He pinned 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and had 27 kicks of 50 yards or more with a long of 65. Bergner also made 14 of 18 field goals, all 41 extra-point tries, and had 21 touchbacks on 59 kickoffs. He is the Coyotes’ all-time leading scorer with 276 points.
Bergner is the program’s first All-American since linebacker Tyler Starr in 2013. He is the first punter since Cole Zwiefelhofer in 2010. The Coyotes have featured 47 All-Americans since 1937.