Marcus Montano, the placekicker responsible for more points than all but two players in this history of Southern Oregon University football, was named a first-team NAIA All-American by the American Football Coaches Association on Tuesday afternoon.
Montano, a senior criminal justice major from Manteca, California, spent four years at SOU and in that time accounted for 354 points — converting 50 of 69 field goals and 204 of 213 point-after attempts.
The final season was his best. He hit 17 of 21 field-goal attempts, kicking through the second-most in the NAIA, and was perfect on nine tries inside 30 yards. He also went 5 of 7 from 40 yards and out, including a season-long 47-yarder at Montana Tech. On kickoffs, he averaged 60.8 yards per attempt and 20 of his 58 went for touchbacks.
Montano is SOU’s first-ever placekicker to earn the All-America tag. He’s the first Raider special teams player since punter Tyler Crowley in 2011.
Montano’s career-long field goal was a 48-yarder in 2017 at Rocky Mountain (Montana). Spanning from the end of 2016 into the following season, he’d at one point converted 87 consecutive point-after attempts.