Written by Staff Reports
Thursday, 12 January 2012 07:58
Lenoir-Rhyne University sophomore Michael Green (Kingsland, Ga.) and senior Chandler Rearden (Greenwood, S.C.) have both been named to the 2011 Beyond Sports College Network All-America Football Team for NCAA Division II.
In addition, L-R junior Brandon Martin
(Roebuck, S.C.) garnered honorable mention All-American honors.
Green was named to the BSN All-American Second Team as a return specialist after leading the South Atlantic Conference in punt return average (18.0 yards per game) and returning two punts for touchdowns in 2011.
Green earned all-league honors as both a return specialist (second team) and defensive back (first team) this past season after finishing second on the squad in tackles in 63 to go along with a team-high three interceptions.
Green was also selected to the 2011 NCAA Division II All-Super Region 2 Team by both Daktronics and Don Hansen's Football Gazette.
Rearden, a second-teamer like Green as well, picks up his second All-American honor for the year after being named to Daktronics Team this past December.
Rearden is a three-time First-Team All-SAC and All-Region selection (2008, 2010-11) and two-time All-American (2010-11) who has won the past two Jacobs Blocking Trophies. The trophy is given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference.
Rearden helped Lenoir-Rhyne finish third in the country in rushing yards at just over 287 yards per contest in 2011.
Martin, a defensive lineman, has been named to the All-South Atlantic Conference First Team for the past two seasons (2010-11) and finished this year with 26 tackles and a team-high 5.5 quarterback sacks.
All three players led Lenoir-Rhyne (7-3 overall and 6-1 in conference play in 2011) to their first conference championship since 1994 this fall.
Both Green and Martin helped the Bears finish first in the league in total defense (284.4 ypg) and scoring defense (22.6 ppg). Lenoir-Rhyne also finished seventh in the nation in rushing defense (98.1 ypg) and its total defense was 10th-best in NCAA Division II.
Photo Courtesy: Chandler Reardon, LRU Athletics