Former Hornet Keenan Fagan an NAIA All-American

The former Hornet, who just completed his junior season at Rocky Mountain College, was named an NAIA first-team defensive back when All-America squads were announced by the American Football Coaches Association.

Keenan Fagan, who was named MVP of the South Puget Sound League 2A during his last season as a Hornet, is now playing for Rocky Mountain College and was just named an NAIA first-team defensive back. Photo by Dean Hendrickson

Keenan Fagan, who was named MVP of the South Puget Sound League 2A during his last season as a Hornet, is now playing for Rocky Mountain College and was just named an NAIA first-team defensive back. Photo by Dean Hendrickson

Honors are stacking up for former White River High football standout Keenan Fagan.

The former Hornet, who just completed his junior season at Rocky Mountain College, was named an NAIA first-team defensive back when All-America squads were announced by the American Football Coaches Association.

Fagan led the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics with seven interceptions during the 2017 season. He added five pass breakups to rank 29th in the country and totaled 64 tackles; of those tackles, 41 were solo efforts and 3.5 were for a loss. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Fagan also recorded two sacks and forced a fumble.

According to NAIAhonors.org, Fagan is the 13th Rocky Mountain College football player to be named an NAIA All-American and the first since 2015. Under the current AFCA format that started in 2006, Fagan is the first RMC defensive player to be named All-American.

Additionally, it was announced in early January that Fagan was named to the Victory Sports Network NAIA All-American team. Victory is an internet sports news provider founded in 2002 that focuses primarily on NAIA athletics.

Prior to the All-American honors, Fagan was one of nine Rocky Mountain College players receiving postseason awards from the Frontier Conference. He was tabbed as a first-team defensive back.

Fagan’s interception total helped the Battlin’ Bears lead the NAIA with 20 interceptions. His eight career picks are the third-most in a career for a Rocky player since 2004.

Rocky Mountain College finished the 2017 season with a 6-5 record for the team’s first winning record since 2013. The Battlin’ Bears went 6-4 in Frontier Conference action to tie for second in the final standings.

The 10-team Frontier Conference also includes the Carroll College Fighting Saints, College of Idaho Yotes, Eastern Oregon Mountaineers, Lewis-Clark State College Warriors, Montana State University-Northern Lights, Montana Tech Orediggers, University of Montana Western Bulldogs, University of Providence Argonauts and the Southern Oregon Raiders.

Fagan headed to the Billings, Montana, campus after a stellar senior season at White River High School. In his final prep campaign, he was chosen Most Valuable Player of the South Puget Sound League 2A and was a first-team selection on both sides of the ball, honored as both a running back and defensive back.

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