Sporting News names Saraceni preseason All-American

The legend of Nolan Saraceni continues to grow at Montana Tech.

The reigning Frontier Conference Offensive Player of the Year was recently named to the Sporting News 2016 NAIA Preseason All-American team.

Saraceni, a senior running back from Billings, earned All-American honors after rushing for 1,683 yards on 247 carries while leading the Orediggers to the Frontier Conference championship in 2015. He ran for 100 yards in nine out of 11 games. He ran for more than 200 yards twice, including a 273-yard performance at Carroll College.

Saraceni led the nation in total rushing, rush yards per game (153), and rushing touchdowns (15). He finished the season with 19 total rushing touchdowns averaging 6.8 yards a carry.

Saraceni also caught eight passes for 137 yards and one touchdown. That was enough to set a school record for all-purpose yards totaling 1,820. The 14-year old record was set by former Oredigger Hall of Famer and All-American Jay LeProwse.

In his monster day at Carroll College, Saraceni set a school record that can’t possibly be broken with a 99-yard touchdown run.

Saraceni was one of three players from the Frontier Conference to be named a preseason All-American by Sporting News.

Marcus Lenhardt, a tight end from the College of Idaho, and Julius Rucker, a defensive back from Southern Oregon, also made the team.

2016 Sporting News preseason All-America team

QB – Nick Ferrer, Saint Francis (Ind.), Jr.
RB – Nolan Saraceni, Montana Tech, Sr.
RB – Quan Weaver, Pikeville (Ky.), Jr.
OL – Hea Tulfua, William Penn (Iowa), Sr.
OL – Mitch Butterfield, Friends (Kan.), Jr.
OL – Kevin Lonergan, Saint Xavier (Ill.), Sr.
OL – Justin Hunter, Saint Xavier (Ill.), Jr.
OL – Blake Frank, Morningside (Iowa), Sr.
TE – Marcus Lenhardt, College of Idaho, Jr.
WR – Krishawn Hogan, Marian (Ind.), Sr.
WR – Clarence Clark, Baker (Kan.), Jr.

DL – D’Vonn Brown, SW Assembles of God (Texas), Sr.
DL – Sam Van Gingel, Northwestern (Iowa), Sr.
DL – Trey Barnes, Concordia (Neb.), Sr.
DL – Tim Smith, St. Francis (Ill.), Sr.
LB – Aaron Cooper, Kentucky Christian, Sr.
LB – Alden Mann, Wayland Baptist (Texas), Sr.
LB – Shaquille Ash, Marian (Ind.), Sr.
DB – Julius Rucker, Southern Oregon, Sr.
DB – Nate Moore, College of Idaho, Sr.
DB – Nick Holshoe, Concordia (Mich.), Sr.
DB – Carl Morgan, SW Assemblies of God (Texas), Jr.

K – Cristian Casillas, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), Jr.
P – Eddie Juarez, Sterling (Kan.), Sr.