Tech’s Saraceni, Stemple earn preseason honor

Tech’s Saraceni, Stemple earn preseason honor

College Football Yearbook announced their 2016 NAIA Starting Lineup. Four teams, including Montana Tech, had two players on the list, which is their version of the preseason All-America team. Running back Nolan Saraceni and offensive lineman Ryan Stemple were selected to the team.

College of Idaho, St. Xavier and Southwestern Assemblies of God were the other teams with two members on the list.

Both seniors this season, Saraceni and Stemple helped lead the Orediggers to a 10-2 overall record with an explosive offense last season.

From Billings, Saraceni finished the season with 1,683 rushing yards and a school record 1,820 all-purpose yards. He scored 19 touchdowns on the ground while catching one and throwing for anther. The American Football Coaches Association named him to their first team All-America team.

Stemple, from Missoula, was part of an offense that produced 5,350 total yards and 48 touchdowns last year. The Orediggers led the conference in rushing yards per game (275.2 yards) and ranked sixth in the nation. The Tech offensive line gave up less than two sacks a game last year.

Five Frontier Conference student-athletes were named to the list. Southern Oregon defensive back Julius Rucker and College of Idaho tight end Marcus Lenhardt and defensive back Nate Moore were also selected.

The College Football America 2016 Yearbook features more than 930 college football teams from the United States and Canada over the course of more than 300 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and Canada Interuniversity Sport (CIS). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos.

— Montana Tech

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