MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Mount Union senior center Brett Ekkens (East Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) and junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) have been named preseason All-Americans by D3Football.com.
Ekkens, a first team selection, was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team, All-North Region Third Team and an Academic All-OAC selection as he started all 15 games at center last season for the Purple Raiders.
Collins, a second team pick, played in all 15 games last season and had 66 catches for 908 yards and a pair of touchdowns receiving. He also had a 47-yard punt return for a touchdown against Capital and earned All-OAC honorable mention honors last year.
The Purple Raiders enter the 2011 season winners of 19 consecutive OAC championships dating back to 1992. Mount Union has played in each of the last six Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowls (NCAA Division III National title game) and the Raiders have a record 10 NCAA Division III National Championships. This coming season also marks Larry Kehres' 26th as head coach at Mount Union and he enters the campaign with a 303-23-3 (.925) record.
The 2011 season starts on Saturday, Sept. 10 against The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.