BOONE, N.C. - Four Appalachian State University football players have been named Football Championship Subdivision Preseason all-Americans by College Sporting News. Quarterback DeAndre Presley and wide receiver Brian Quick received first-team honors, while Wilson Fitchett was selected as second-team long snapper, and tight end Ben Jorden was named to the third team in Wednesday's announcement.
Last season, Presley tallied over 2,000 passing and 1,000 rushing yards, becoming just the fourth player in FCS history to surpass both marks in a season. He notched 35 touchdowns on the year and was named the SoCon Player of the Year by the league's coaches. In national balloting, Presley finished third in the race for the 2010 Walter Payton Award, given annually to the top player in the FCS.
A CSN first-team all-American last season, Quick recorded 844 yards and nine touchdowns on 47 receptions in 2010. For his career, he has racked up 2,322 yards, and his career average of 17.7 yards per catch is the highest among active FCS receivers. Regarded as a top professional prospect, Quick enters his senior year just 69 receptions, five touchdowns and 802 yards short of setting new ASU records in those categories.
Fitchett has been a valuable asset to the Mountaineers, contributing to the team's downfield punt coverage in addition to performing long-snapping duties. After three seasons without a bad snap, the senior looks to continue the streak in special teams formations this year. In 2010, Fitchett was perfect in 120 attempts and recovered a muffed punt against Florida.
A three-time all-Southern Conference first team selection, Jorden has 13 career touchdowns and starts the season 38 receptions and 445 yards away from becoming the first tight end to ever break into the Appalachian top 10 in either category. With another prolific year, Jorden could become just the second player in school history to become a four-time first-team all-SoCon honoree, joining ASU Hall-of-Famer Avery Hall (1989-93).
APPS TABBED NO. 1 IN LATEST POLL: On Tuesday, Appalachian State was selected as the nation's top team, as CSN announced its preseason top-25 ranking. Coming off two national quarterfinal appearances and one semifinal appearance in the last three years, the Mountaineers narrowly took top honors, followed closely by Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern. Last year's SoCon co-champion Wofford was tabbed as the ninth-best in the nation, while Chattanooga rounded out the league's four teams receiving votes.
Fall camp officially opens on Friday as the Apps begin their preparations for the season opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 3. Fans can get their first look at the team on Aug. 20 when ASU holds its annual Fan Fest at Kidd Brewer stadium. The event features an intrasquad scrimmage, autograph opportunities and a concert by country-music star Corey Smith.