COLORADO SPRINGS — Air Force senior offensive lineman Nolan Laufenberg has been named preseason second-team All-American by the Associated Press.
The Castle Rock native was also named second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and USA Today, as well as being named one of five All-American offensive linemen by Pro Football Focus.
A Castle View high school product, No. 66 is the first Air Force offensive lineman to earn All-American honors since Brett Huyser earned fourth-team honors by The Sporting News in 2002. He’s the first All-American at any position and first multiple-team honoree for the Falcons since safety Weston Steelhammer was named to multiple teams in 2016. Laufenberg is the first offensive player to earn All-American honors since all-purpose athlete Chad Hall in 2007.
Laufenberg earned first-team all-Mountain West and All-Colorado honors in 2019 after leading the team in knockdown blocks. He anchored an offensive line that led the conference and ranked second nationally in rushing with a 298.5 per-game average. The offensive line allowed just four sacks last season, the fewest in the nation. Air Force led the conference and ranked second nationally in third-down percentage with a 53.5 mark. The Falcons led the Mountain West and ranked second nationally in time of possession at 34:28 per game.