KUTZTOWN, Pa. — Senior tight end Jack Pilkerton, the first Kutztown University player since 2015 with 10 touchdown catches in a season, has been selected to the Associated Press Division II All-America Second Team.
The teams, presented by Regions Bank, were chosen by a panel of sports information directors and the AP.
Pilkerton set new career-highs across the board with 44 catches for 666 yards and 10 touchdowns as the Golden Bears tied a program record with 11 victories (11-2), won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Championship playoffs.
The native of La Plata, Maryland, ranked 23rd in DII in touchdown receptions and also produced 3.4 receptions per game, 15.1 yards per catch and a career-best 51.2 receiving yards per game. Pilkerton’s 10 touchdown receptions are tied for the fourth most in a season in KU program history and his 15 career receiving scores are tied for 13th all-time.
Pilkerton registered four multi-score games and came up big in critical games for the Maroon and Gold. The third-year Golden Bear made a single-game career-high 10 catches for 129 yards and a pair of TDs in Kutztown’s 37-35 loss to Slippery Rock in the PSAC Championship game, Nov. 16, and followed that up with his second straight 100-yard, two-touchdown game, pulling down seven passes for 105 yards in a 33-31 NCAA First Round win over Tiffin, Nov. 23.
Pilkerton is Kutztown’s first AP All-American since Jordan Morgan in 2015 and 12th in program history. He finished with 103 catches for 1,467 yards in 33 career games as a Golden Bear.