Winona State Football Players Earn All-American Honors
Seven Winona State football players have been named preseason All-Americans by USA College Football. The Warriors were represented well on both sides of the ball, with three offensive players and four defensive players selected.
Senior Vance Ross and junior Collin Corcoran both earned first team All-American recognition. Ross was an anchor on the offensive line in 2013, earning all-NSIC first team honors by providing key blocking for an explosive offense that averaged 434 yards and 36.5 points per game.
Corcoran had a breakout season for the Warriors earning second team all-NSIC honors. The linebacker recorded a team-high nine sacks and compiled 67 tackles, including a career-best 16 in the season finale against Concordia-St. Paul.
Two more linebackers joined Corcoran as preseason All-Americans, with seniors Ryan Gerts and Morgan Weaver landing on the second team. Gerts put together his third straight all-conference campaign posting 63 tackles while Weaver was another all-conference honoree with 75 tackles.
Senior tight end Alex Jensen joins the list of preseason All-Americans as a third team honoree after he caught 25 passes and four touchdowns last season.
Junior wide receiver Josh Mikes and senior defensive end Tyler Kubler also earned honorable mention honors. Mikes had 584 yards receiving and six touchdowns despite missing three games.
Winona State opens the season with a September 4th game at Northern State and then they will play their home opener on September 13th against the University of Mary.