Two rising seniors at St. Thomas, OLB Tremayne Williams and punter Garrett Maloney, are among 50 players honored as 2013 preseason All-Americas by D3football.com.
Out of 245 programs in Division III, just 35 schools were represented. Only 11 schools had multiple honorees.
Williams, of Appleton, Wis., was a third-team All-America last season. He also was recently named to the 24-player preseason All-America team by The Sporting News.
Williams showed his explosive nature when he recorded five sacks in his first two career starts in 2011 NCAA playoff victories against St. Scholastica and Monmouth. He has started 19 consecutive games. In his first full season as a starter, in 2012, Williams finished with 70 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, five break-ups and one fumble recovery. Over the last two seasons alone, he has 11 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions.
Maloney, of Elm Grove, Wis., made second team All-MIAC and second team All-West Region last season. He's a three-year starter and punted 44 times in 15 games last season with a 42.3 average and 15 of 44 punts inside the 20-yard line. He's averaging 40.5 yards in 113 career punts. Maloney broke the Stagg Bowl record last December as he averaged 48.2 yards on five punts. He had a streak of 109 punts without a block end in the final game of 2012.
The Tommies, 57-7 in Glenn Caruso’s five-year era, will open their 2013 season Sept. 7 at home against UW-Eau Claire. They start conference play Sept. 21 at home against St. John’s. Their Homecoming game is Oct. 5 against Carleton.
St. Thomas brings three long winning streaks into this fall: 17 in a row at Palmer Field in O’Shaughnessy Stadium; 33 in a row in the regular season; and 27 consecutive MIAC games. Out of 625 NCAA football programs, just three have won 11 or more games in each of the last four seasons: Boise State, Mount Union and UST.
St. Thomas has built a 34-2 home record in the five seasons under Caruso.
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