UMHB’s Eric Allen and Teidrick Smith named All-Americans

Senior defensive back Eric Allen (25) was named second team All-American by on Friday.

umhbshieldlogoBELTON – University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football players Eric Allen and Teidrick Smith have been named to the All-America Teams released Friday evening. Allen was a Second Team pick and Smith was an Honorable Mention All-America selection.

Allen, a senior from San Antonio Stevens High School, earned Second Team honors as a safety. He led the Cru with 77 total tackles and added three interceptions and 11 pass break-ups. He set a UMHB record with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown against Howard Payne and also returned a punt for a score against Millsaps College.

Sophomore defensive end Teidrick Smith (90) earned Honorable Mention on’s All-America Team on Friday.

Smith, a sophomore from Hallettsville High School, was Honorable Mention All-America at defensive end. He led the Cru with 9.0 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. Smith posted 47 total tackles, recovered two fumbles and forced another. He also broke up nine passes and returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown against East Texas Baptist.

The Cru finished the 2014 season with an 11-1 overall record and UMHB won its 12th American Southwest Conference Championship with a 5-0 league mark. The Cru advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Division III National Championships for the 11th straight season before falling to Linfield College 31-28.

The All-America Teams are selected in balloting of sports information directors and staff members from across the country. This is the first All-American recognition for both Allen and Smith.

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