Redlands football players honored

Top Left:  Kevin Grady --- Middle/Left:  Daryl Andersen --- Middle/Right:  Taylor Irwin --- Bottom Right:  Steven Locke Jr.

Four University of Redlands football players garnered Division III Preseason All-America plaudits from the USA Football Network.  Senior kicker Kevin Grady led the group with First-Team honors.  Senior tight end Daryl Andersen landed on the Second Team, senior wide receiver Taylor Irwin  received Third-Team accolades, and senior defensive lineman Steven Locke Jr. 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.  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. In 2012 he compiled 306 receiving yards on 15 receptions, giving him a team-best 20.4 yards per catch.

Irwin garners his inaugural preseason All-America honor after experiencing a phenomenal 2012 season.  He hauled in a team-leading 485 receiving yards on the year for an average of 53.9 yards per game.

Finally, Locke joins the list first-time preseason All-Americans, returning in 2013 as a staple of the 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.

Beyond these four award-winners, senior defensive lineman Daniel Kane and senior defensive back Brandon Morris were tabbed as USA Football Network Honorable Mentions.

For a complete listing of all of the recipients, visit http://www.usafbn.com/d3fb.htm.