Steele Names Three Redbirds Preseason All-Americans
July 16, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio - College football prognosticator Phil Steele and his contributors have broken down every team and conference in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and recognized three Illinois State players on the PhilSteele.com Preseason All-American Team announced Tuesday.
The FCS All-American and All-Conference teams were provided to Steele by Josh Buchanan of JBScouting.com. Steele posted Buchanan's picks on his website, PhilSteele.com, to provide a major platform for the FCS All-Conference and All-American Teams.
Senior defensive end Colton Underwood, who was also named a preseason All-American and Buck Buchanan Award Watch List member by The Sports Network, was selected as a first-team preseason All-American. Junior fullback Jordan Neukirch was selected to the second team and junior longsnapper Chris Highland was picked as a third-team selection on the list. Both Neukirch and Highland were third-team preseason All-American selections by The Sports Network as well.
Underwood, Neukirch and senior offensive tackle Josh Aladenoye were also chosen as First-Team All-MVFC preseason selections on the website, with Underwood selected as the league's preseason pick to win the defensive player of the year award. Junior wideout Lechein Neblett and junior tight end James O'Shaughnessy were tabbed as second-team preseason All-MVFC selections and junior defensive back Mike Banks was a second-team selection on defense as well.
The Redbirds open the 2013 season Thursday, Aug. 29, in Muncie, Ind., against Football Bowl Subdivision foe Ball State. The Redbirds will then open the newly-renovated Hancock Stadium in their home opener Sept. 21, when they host Abilene Christian.
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