MINNEAPOLIS, MN-Senior quarterback Nash Nance (Calhoun, GA/Tennessee) and senior wide receiver Holton Walker (Lynchburg, VA/Brookville) have both been named Second Team Preseason All-Americans by d3football.com. Both earned 2013 All-America honors last season while helping lead the Tigers to their eighth ODAC Championship and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship. This season, the Tigers enter the year with preseason rankings of ten (USA Today) and 21 (d3football.com), respectively.
Nance had a stellar 2013 campaign, earning Honorable Mention All-America, First Team All-Region, All-State, and All-ODAC honors while also being named the d3football.com South Region Offensive Player of the Year. The play caller led the ODAC in nearly every statistical category for quarterbacks, throwing for 3,504 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. He also led the league in rushing touchdowns with 17 to go with 545 yards. After two seasons, his 5,156 career passing yards and 51 touchdowns both rank fifth in school history. He broke one school record last season, completing 45 passes against Christopher Newport.
Walker returns for his season year after a record breaking 2013 in which he was named Second Team All-America, First Team All-Region, All-State, and All-ODAC. Additionally, he was named the Tight End/Receiver of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Richmond while being honored as a Lanier Award finalist, given to the top player in the state in Division II, III, and NAIA. The Lynchburg native broke five school records while leading the nation with 1,723 receiving yards. His 111 receptions and 16 touchdowns are program bests. Through three seasons, he is third on the school's all-time receiving yards and touchdown lists with 3,204 yards and 28 touchdowns.
The entire list of Preseason All-Americans can be found here.