Falcons’ Karl Brooks named first team All-American


Bowling Green State University 6-foot-4, 300 pound defensive lineman Karl Brooks has been named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus.

Brooks is the only player from the Mid-American Conference on the first team and one of three that were named to full PFF All-America team that features a first, second, third and honorable mention teams. The announcement was made Tuesday.

Brooks (Sr, Lansing, Mich.) is eighth in the nation with 10 sacks and ninth in the nation with 18 tackles for loss. Brooks led the nation with 47 hurries and his 63 total pressures rank second in the nation among all FBS defenders, applying pressure on 17.3 percent of his pass rush attempts.

Brooks’ 91.3 PFF grade on pass rush is No. 2 in the nation among all defenders with at least 300 pass rushes.

Toledo’s CB Quinyon Mitchell (second team) and DL Desjuan Johnson (honorable mention) are the only other MAC players named to the PFF All-America team.

Cincinnati’s Ivan Pace Jr. (LB) is the only other player to join Brooks on the first team from a non-Power 5 school.

Bowling Green finished the regular season 6-6 and awaits its first bowl bid since 2015. A bowl announcement will be made on Sunday.

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