Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Troutman picks up pair of preseason accolades, Warriors ranked 11th in Sporting News

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Lycoming College senior football player Tanner Troutman (Hegins, Pa./Tri-Valley) picked up a pair of Preseason All-American honors from Lindy's College Football and Sporting News, as he was placed on both publications' Division III First Team at safety. In addition, the Warriors, after picking up a share of their 15th MAC title in 2013, are ranked 11th in the Sporting News Top 25.

Troutman finished his junior year tied for the national lead with eight interceptions, helping him earn First Team D3football.com All-American honors. The First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference pick and Third Team Beyond Sports Network All-American also finished with 58 tackles, including 0.5 for a loss.

Troutman earned two D3Football.com Team of the Week and Beyond Sport Network Team of the Week accolades, posting two interceptions in a win over nationally-ranked Delaware Valley and a school-record three against Stevenson. He also broke up six passes on the season, helping him tie for the league lead with 14 passes defended (interceptions plus breakups) en route to earning D3football.com's East Region Defensive Player of the Year honors.

While Wis.-Whitewater topped the preseason ranking from the Sporting News after picking up its third national title in four years, the Warriors reappeared in the ranking for the first time since sitting 15th in the poll in 2004.

The publication said of the team, "Lycoming is getting closer to regaining its national prominence. Nine offensive starters return from a 7-3 squad, including (senior) running back Craig Needhammer (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn), (senior) quarterback Tyler Jenny (Coalport, Pa./Glendale) and seven offensive lineman with significant experience. Safety Tanner Troutman, the nation's interception leader in 2013, is among seven defensive starters back."

The Warriors are the top-ranked team in Pennsylvania in the poll, ahead of 18th-ranked Muhlenberg and 22nd-ranked Washington & Jefferson.

In Lindy's, the lone Middle Atlantic Conference team with a ranking is Widener, which checks in at No. 25. Muhlenberg (19) and Washington & Jefferson (24) are also ranked from the Commonwealth.

In both publications, Troutman is joined on the All-American First Team by Widener's wide receiver Anthony Davis and Lebanon Valley's linebacker Frank Gaffney.

The 2013 Warriors finished 7-3 overall and 7-2 in the MAC under sixth-year head coach Mike Clark. The team claimed a share of the 15th MAC title in school history, tying for first with Lebanon Valley. The team was once again led by its defense, which finished tops in the MAC, allowing a league-best 304.0 yards, 91.4 rushing yards and 18.3 points per game.

Both publications are available on newsstands now.

The Warriors open the 2014 season on Saturday, Sept. 6, when they host Susquehanna University in the Stagg Hat Trophy game at 1 p.m. at David Person Field.