Two Cats on The Sports Network Preseason All-America Team
PHILADELPHIA – Bethune-Cookman football student-athletes Terrance Hackney and LeBrandon Richardson were named to The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America Team, announced Monday by the TSN offices in Philadelphia. The three-team All-America squad is 98 players deep and comes from 59 different schools and all 13 conferences.
Eleven players on the preseason first team were selected to the 2012 FCS All- America First Team which was announced last December. Another 24 players come from the second- and third-teams, marking the second consecutive year in which 35 players returned to the following season's preseason team.
Already selected to the Lindy’s All-FCS First Team as an offensive lineman, Hackney finished the 2012 campaign listed on three All-America squads. He was also the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Lineman of the Year. The 6-6, 310-pound junior offensive tackle from Chapel Hill, N.C. is a candidate for the Preseason All-MEAC Team after starting 11 games a season ago, and registering 15 pancake blocks with just a single sack yielded on the campaign.
As a whole, the Wildcats offense line unit paved the way for a MEAC-leading 4,665 yards of total offense under the head coach Brian Jenkins’ spread-option attack. That total includes a league-leading 2,928 yards on the ground, mostly from running back Isidore Jackson. Hackney's blocking exploits were instrumental in placing Bethune-Cookman atop the conference in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).
Richardson is listed on the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Watch List for 2013, after being tabbed to the 2012 SBN Sports Black College All-America Team. He was also named to the Boxtorow All-America Team, in addition to the First Team All-MEAC squad.
The 6-2, 255-pound junior from Miami transferred to the Cats prior to the 2012 season after spending the 2011 campaign at nearby UCF.
The Miami Central High alum started in 11 games as a sophomore, and recorded 53 tackles, including 26 by solo performance. He led the Cats in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (8.5), ending the season ranked second in the league for sacks per game (0.71) and fifth in total tackles for loss. Against Tennessee State, he returned a fumble 44 yards for his first collegiate touchdown, aiding in being named CFPA Defensive Lineman of the Week.
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