Lincoln’s Fluellen earns spot on MIAA first-team defense

Lincoln’s O’Hara Fluellen (11) intercepts a pass intended for Missouri Southern wide receiver Landon Zerkel during a game this season at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.

Lincoln’s O’Hara Fluellen (11) intercepts a pass intended for Missouri Southern wide receiver Landon Zerkel during a game this season at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Photo by Kris Wilson.

A brilliant career has been capped off with a well-deserved honor.

Lincoln senior defensive back O’Hara Fluellen was named to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s first-team defensive squad, the league announced Tuesday.

Fluellen led the Blue Tigers with 67 tackles, four interceptions and four blocked kicks, and became the first Lincoln player to be named a first-team selection since it rejoined the MIAA last season.

The four-year starter for the Blue Tigers finished second in the MIAA in passes defended thanks to the combination of those four interceptions, which was the fourth-best total in that category, and an MIAA-best 11 pass breakups.

Fluellen also earned honorable-mention accolades for his work as a kick returner this year, as he racked up 516 yards on 24 kick returns, finishing second in the league with an average of 21.5 yards per return.

Six other Blue Tigers earned honorable mention selections...

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