JOPLIN -- Missouri Southern seniors Brandon Williams and Landon Zerkel have been named preseason All-Americans by the Beyond Sports College Network (BSN), the organization announced today.
Both Williams (6-3, 325, DL) and Zerkel (6-3, 215, WR) were named to the first team and are among a group of eight MIAA football players honored.
Zerkel earned All-American honors from two different organizations in 2011 after picking up a nod from Don Hansen and BSN. He was a first-team All-MIAA pick last year, finishing the season as the MIAA leader in receptions per game and in receiving yards per game. He ranked fourth and sixth nationally in each of those categories. He finished the season second all-time in career pass receptions (172) and needs just 78 to tie Colin Bado for No. 1 all-time. His 2,433 career receiving yards rank third all time and he needs just 357 to move into second and 690 to pass Rod Smith for tops in that category. His 17 career receiving touchdowns rank fourth all-time and he sits just one from tying for third and four from tying for second all-time. His 77 catches this year rank third all-time in a single-season, as well as his 1,047 receiving yards.
Williams was named to five different All-America teams (Coaches, AP, Don Hansen, d2football.com and BSN), while picking up All-Region honors from the SID's, Daktronics and Don Hansen. He was a unanimous first-team All-MIAA pick in 2011 after being named a pre-season All-American, as well. Last year, Williams finished third in the MIAA in sacks (8), while ranking second in tackles for a loss. He ranked 13th nationally in tackles for a loss and 19th in sacks. His eight sacks in 2011 is tied for fourth in a single-season, and his 18.5 career sacks rank third all-time. He needs just two to move into second and five to be the all-time sacks leader at Southern.