August 1, 2014

The MAC Lands Three in's Preseason All-Americans List

Widener, Lebanon Valley and Lycoming placed there players on the 's preseason All-Americans list released today.

Anthony Davis
Widener's Sr. WR Anthony Davis, enters this year fifth in team history with 35 touchdowns, second with 5,035 all-purpose yards, second with 31 touchdown receptions, second with 187 receptions, tied for fourth with 2,711 receiving yards, first with 67 kickoff returns and first with 1,515 kickoff return yards.

As a Junior in 2013: Named Beyond Sports Network and first team All-America, ECAC South and Middle Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-MAC as both a wide receiver and on special teams… Closed sixth in the country with 9.1 receptions per game, 19th with 105.6 receiving yards per game, 29th with 10 touchdown receptions and 48th with 144.0 all-purpose yards per contest… Broke the school's single-season record with 91 receptions… Had at least one touchdown reception in eight of the 10 games… Totaled 162 receiving yards on nine catches at Stevenson (10/5)… Had at least 10 receptions four times, including 14 catches for 99 yards at Albright (11/2)… Averaged 37 yards per kickoff return at Wesley (9/6), including a 60-yard return.

Frank Gaffney
Lebanon Valley's Sr. LB Frank Gaffney, an outside linebacker, Gaffney will look to repeat his all-American junior season that saw the Dutchmen (8-3 in 2013) win the Middle Atlantic Conference title and qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Elected a captain for 2014, Gaffney is coming off a dominating first season in the blue and white after transferring from two-year Thaddeus Stevens. The consensus all-American was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, given to the nation's top small-college defensive player, and was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-East, and a three-time national team of the week member. He led NCAA Division III with 13.0 sacks, an LVC season record, among his 19.5 tackles for a loss overall. He led LVC with 82 tackles, including 63 solo stops, and broke up three passes with five hurries. He recorded three games with three or more sacks, including four hits against Wilkes and three against nationally-ranked Lycoming.

Lycoming's Sr. S Tanner Troutman - For the fifth time in the preseason, senior defensive back Tanner Troutman (Hegins, Pa./Tri-Valley) earned a spot on the short list for best returning players in the nation, as he was named a First Team Preseason All-American from, the website announced on Friday, Aug. 1.

The dynamic, playmaking safety also earned spots on the Sporting News, Lindy's College Football, Beyond Sports Network and the USA College Football Network Division III Preseason All-American lists. In each instance, he was named to the list's first team.

The 5-10, 165-pound safety tied for the national lead in interceptions as a junior, finishing with eight in 10 games. He posted a school-record tying three against Stevenson in the season finale to jump into the national lead, helping to spur him on to a host of All-American accolades, including First Team and Third Team Beyond Sports Network All-American honors. He was also named the East Region Player of the Year.

The buzz around Troutman began to develop at the end of his sophomore season, when he earned Third Team All-East Region honors from, leading into a junior year when he was named a First Team Preseason All-American by the website. He was the lone defensive player to earn first team honors at both the beginning and end of the season.

Troutman is the fourth Preseason All-American from Lycoming since the website began doing the preseason teams in 2000 and he is the first player in school history to repeat on the team.

The 2013 Warriors finished 7-3 overall under head coach Mike Clark. The team was once again led by its defense, which finished tops in the MAC, allowing a league-best 304.0 yards, 91.4 rushing yards and 18.3 points per game.

The Warriors open the 2014 season on Saturday, Sept. 6, when they host Susquehanna University in the Stagg Hat Trophy game at 1 p.m. at David Person Field.

First Team
Second Team
QBKevin Burke, Sr., Mount UnionNash Nance, Sr., Hampden-Sydney
RBCartel Brooks, Sr., HeidelbergSean Dunning, Sr., Millikin
RBDomonique Hayden, Sr., Thomas MoreMike Barthelemy, Sr., Millsaps
WRJake Kumerow, Sr., UW-WhitewaterHolton Walker, Sr., Hampden-Sydney
WRAnthony Davis, Sr., WidenerJohn Babin, Sr., Cortland State
TEMichael Long, Sr., MuhlenbergJoe Sommers, Jr., UW-Oshkosh
TStephen Schultz, Sr., LinfieldDalton Stephens, Sr., Maryville
GLucas Skibba, Sr., UW-WhitewaterDevin Filliben, Jr., Wesley
CSpencer Clark, Sr., Wheaton (Ill.)Alex Damschroder, Jr. Heidelberg 
GTevon Stephens-Brown, Sr., Pac. LutheranAustin Carlton, Jr., Franklin
TChris Brinkmeier, Sr., WartburgAli Marpet, Sr., Hobart
DECody Buresh, Sr., WabashBrynnan Hyland, Sr., Linfield
DTBen Poirer, Sr., HeidelbergHayden Stanton, Jr., Salve Regina
DTShaun Copening, Sr., Christopher NewportJake Stillwell, Jr., Hanover
DETyre Coleman, Sr., HobartTeidrick Smith, So., Mary Hardin-Baylor
LBFrank Gaffney, Sr., Lebanon ValleyLuke Bakkum, Sr., UW-Stout
LBSosthene Kapepula, Sr., WesleyJacob Zilbar, Sr., UW-Platteville
LBSean Preish, Sr., St. John FisherJack Nelson, Sr., Willamette
CBBrady Grayvold, Sr., UW-WhitewaterRyan Rice, Sr., Johns Hopkins
SSatiir Stevenson, Sr., GuilfordAlex Kocheff, Jr., Mount Union
STanner Troutman, Sr., LycomingMatt Mehlhorn, Jr., Bethel
CBC.J. Conway, Sr., Montclair StateRob Austin, Sr., UW-Platteville
Special teams
KAndrew Franks, Sr., RPIDaniel Sobolewski, Jr., Albright
PKyle Hamby, Sr., SalisburyTyler Hunt, Jr., Guilford
RETJessie Ramos, Jr., Hardin-Simmons

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