Ferber Reaches New Heights with Selection to D3football.com All-America First Team

Defensive lineman Kevin Ferber '12 is Amherst's
first-ever D3football All-America First Team honoree.

Contact: Justin Long

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College defensive tackle Kevin Ferber ’12 (Mahwah, N.J.) has been named to the D3football.com All-America First Team after a record-breaking season that helped the Lord Jeffs finish at 8-0 for the fourth time in program history.

Ferber is the only NESCAC player named to this year’s D3football.com All-America First, Second or Third team, while Middlebury tight end Billy Chapman ’13 received Honorable Mention. After earning Second Team honors as a junior, Ferber is now the conference’s only player to ever earn two D3football.com All-America selections.

Last year Ferber became only the fourth Amherst student-athlete named to the D3football.com All-America Team since the award was introduced in 1999, but this week he became the school’s first-ever—and only the NESCAC’s second—First Team selection in the award’s 13-year history. The conference’s only other player to earn All-America First Team honors is Williams College’s Scott Farley (2002).

“We’ve had a lot of good linemen in my 19 years at Amherst, and Kevin has distinguished himself as one of the best that has ever come through here,” says Amherst head coach E.J. Mills. “This is certainly an honor he deserves.”

Ferber led the NESCAC in sacks (11.0) and tackles for loss (15.0) in 2011, but his statistics also stood out at the national level. The senior captain ranked third in all of Division III in sacks per game (1.38) and was 15th in tackles for loss per game (1.88), while he helped the Lord Jeffs rank eighth in scoring defense (12.6 ppg) and 11th in rushing defense (88.1 ypg).

In four years Ferber recorded 154 tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks, also forcing five fumbles and recovering four. He recorded at least one sack in seven of eight games this year and in 16 of 24 outings in his final three seasons. Ferber opened his senior year by returning a fumble 62 yards for a game-changing touchdown at Bates, and he wrapped up his career with four sacks at Williams to set the school record for sacks in a season (11.0).

“I’m incredibly happy for Kevin,” Mills adds. “He’s a special football player. We’re going to miss him dearly.”

A complete list of this year’s All-America honorees can be found on the D3football.com website.