Six Bulldogs Named To Preseason All-PFL Team
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Drake University football team earned a league-high six spots on the preseason All-Pioneer Football League team, the league announced Wednesday, July 30.
Earning preseason accolades on the offensive side of the All-PFL team was tight end Eric Saubert (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) and offensive lineman and team captain Troy Whitmer (Highlands Ranch, Colo.). Saubert was a first-team selection following the 2013 season after catching 47 passes – the second most on the team – for 549 yards with two touchdowns. Whitmer, a fifth-year senior anchors the offensive line and started all 11 games last season and earned second team All-Pioneer Football League honors.
On defense, the Bulldogs had three preseason All-PFL honorees in Matt Acree (Shawnee, Kan.), John Hugunin (Oswego, Ill.) and Brad Duwe (Dubuque, Iowa). Acree, a fifth-year senior and team captain, anchors the defensive line after recording 32 tackles and five sacks last season to earn second-team honors. Hugunin, a fellow captain, led the Bulldogs and PFL in tackles with 113 to earn a spot on the 2013 postseason All-PFL squad as a linebacker. Duwe, a defensive back, earned second-team honors last season after leading the team with three interceptions and 42 tackles.
The Bulldogs’ punter, Cam Bohnert (Edmond, Okla.) also earned a spot on the preseason All-PFL team after earning first-team honors in 2013. Of his 50 punts that season, nine traveled more than 50 yards and 17 were put inside the 20-yard line. Another 14 were fair caught to give him a season average of 39.8 yards per punt.
The Bulldogs’ six preseason selections were the most in the PFL with preseason league favorite San Diego and Dayton each earning four spots on the team.
Returning players who were selected to the league’s 2013 All-PFL teams were placed automatically on the 2014 preseason All-PFL team in order of voting. Nine preseason selections were first-team honorees last season, 14 earned second-team honors with the remaining six players as honorable mention picks.
The upcoming 2014 season marks the 22nd year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA FCS Championship.
The Bulldogs have laid claim to two of the last three PFL titles and begin their 2014 campaign on Aug. 30 against crosstown foe Grand View. The home slate also features contests against Truman State and PFL rivals Marist, Davidson, Butler and preseason-favorite PFL San Diego.
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