The USA Football Network recently announced that four University of Redlands football players garnered Division III Preseason All-America plaudits. Senior kicker Kevin Grady (Seattle, WA) highlighted the group with First-Team honors. In addition, senior tight end Daryl Andersen (Grand Terrace, CA) landed on the Second Team, senior wide receiver Taylor Irwin (Rocklin, CA) received Third-Team accolades, and senior defensive lineman Steven Locke Jr. (Redlands, CA) was named to the Fourth Team.
For Grady, it is the third Preseason All-America honor for the kicker in 2013, following a spot on the Lindy's All-Division III First Team and an Honorable Mention nod from the Beyond Sports Network. Returning as the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, he racked up 77 points last season, tallying 35 point-after-tries and 14 successful field goals. During the 2012 campaign, he provided the fourth-best number of made field goals in NCAA Division III with 1.56 per contest while converting 77.8% of his attempts.
Andersen collects his first-ever preseason All-America award, returning to the U of R as a member of a lethal passing attack. During the 2012 season, he compiled 306 receiving yards on 15 receptions, giving him a team-best 20.4 yards per catch. Andersen also snagged three touchdowns while averaging 38.2 receiving yards per contest.
Like Andersen, Irwin garners his inaugural preseason All-America honor after experiencing a phenomenal 2012 season for the Bulldogs. As the team's top receiver, he hauled in a team-leading 485 receiving yards on the year for an average of 53.9 yards per game. Also ranking first on the squad with 43 receptions, he caught three touchdowns during the exceptional campaign.
Finally, Locke joins the list first-time preseason All-Americans, returning in 2013 as a staple of the U of R defensive line. Last season, he tallied 48 tackles, including three sacks and 14 solo hits. He also forced two fumbles while racking up six tackles for a loss. Moreover, Locke was instrumental in leading the Redlands defense that allowed just 122.7 rushing yards per game.
Beyond these four award-winners, senior defensive lineman Daniel Kane (Covina, CA) and senior defensive back Brandon Morris (Mission Viejo, CA) were tabbed as USA Football Network Honorable Mentions.
For a complete listing of all of the recipients, please visit http://www.usafbn.com/d3fb.htm.
Bulldog football looks forward to the start of the 2013 season with its home opener at Ted Runner Stadium on Saturday, September 7, at 7 p.m. against No. 3 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX).