STEPHENVILLE – USA Football Network, Inc. published the 26th annual USA College Football Division II Preseason All-American teams and Tarleton State had three athletes recognized.
Lucas Love, Zach Henshaw and Le’Nard Meyers were named Third-Team Offense All-Americans heading into the 2014 season.
Love, a senior offensive lineman from Van Alstyne, has played in all 30 games of his Tarleton career and started every game on the Texan offensive line in each of the past two seasons. Over the last two seasons with Love on the offensive line, Tarleton State has averaged over 33 points and 466 yards per game. He was a second-team all-LSC selection in 2012 and an honorable mention honoree in 2013.
Henshaw, a junior running back from Canyon Lake, receives the All-American honors as a fullback. He has played in 18 games in his Tarleton career and is coming off a sophomore campaign in which he ran for 523 yards on 117 attempts with a touchdown while also catching 27 passes for 351 yards and two scores.
Rounding out the Texan Preseason All-American selections is Le’Nard Meyers, a junior wide receiver from Gatesville.
Meyers led the Texans in catches and receiving yards a year ago with 731 yards on 58 receptions with four touchdowns. His breakout performance of the season helped Tarleton come from behind and beat No. 4 West Texas A&M 31-27 on Oct. 12 as Meyers totaled 178 yards on nine catches and a pair of scores.
USA Football Network’s Preseason All-American Team is selected by a national panel including Head Coaches, Sports information Directors, members of the Football Writers Association of America, Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association, New England Football Writers Association and Philadelphia Football Writers, pro football scouts plus staff journalists of Lindey’s Sports Annuals, The Sports Network and USA Football News.
Tarleton State will open the regular season on the road September 13 in Canyon against West Texas A&M at 7 p.m.