Five Griffons recieve preseason All-American honors
By Albert Shelby
September 3, 2013
The Griffons football team opened the eyes of many people in the nation after pulling off a 12-2 record and even making it to the 3rd round of the playoffs.
For their play that attributed to that winning record, five Griffons earned USA college football All-American honors.
Senior quarterback Travis Partridge and his fellow senior tight end Reggie Jordan where named to the first team.
Though he is coming of a shortened season because of a ACL tear, sophomore linebacker Yomi Ali was named to the second team.
Offensive lineman Jeremy Jacobsen and linebacker Wallace Carter where named to the third team respectively. Both players are also seniors.
To some, Partridge was seen as the leader of the team and his play backed it up. Partridge started all 14 games as a starter and threw for over 2,000 yards while also throwing 30 touchdowns.
The running game set many records last year and Partridge had his hand one of them. He set a single season record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 18.
For his accomplishments he was also named First Team All-MIAA.
Reggie Jordan had a season to remember as he led the Griffons in receiving touchdowns. Jordan was a football magnet in the end zone and seemed to always be around when the team needed a big play.
Jordan started all 14 games for the griffons and had a total of 23 grabs. He rushed for an 86 yard touchdown run on a fake punt against Missouri Southern and also grabbed two touchdown passes in a second round playoff win against Henderson State.
Yomi Ali season was cut short due to knee injury, but was a force to reckon with in the two games he did start.
He had already totaled 13 tackles, an interception, a pass breakup and he even blocked a kick.
Ali’s intense style of play was missed last year and his return is much anticipated because of what he is capable of when suited up.
With some of the senior lineman’s moving on, senior offensive lineman Jeremy Jacobson will look to be the leader of the offensive line.
Jacobsen is a battle tested lineman and has seen playing time since his freshman year.
Last year he played in 13 games while starting in three of them at offensive guard. He will be the leader of an offensive line that will see some changes from a season ago.
Linebacker Wallace Carter came into last year fresh off a season ending knee injury, and picked up where he left off.
Carter finished the season with 60 tackles and 4.5 where for loss of gain. He also had one forced fumble and 2 pass break-ups.
In a playoff win against Minnesota-Duluth he had career best 13 tackles to help lead the Griffons to their first playoff victory in school history.
Seniors Partridge and Jordan are happy with their honors but they both feel that they still have much more to bring to the table.
“The All-American honor is a great thing to have,” Jordan said. “But it honestly means nothing if I don’t back it up this year.”
Partridge felt a similar way and he feels that it’s a new year, so there are new things to prove.
“Individual honors are nice and everything,” Partridge said. “But it stints from a good team season last year. I think that individually for you to win awards, you have to win as a team.”