Breitenstein named Sports Network All-American
by Staff Reports
SPARTANBURG, S.C. "
The Sports Network announced Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein was named to its 2012 preseason
All-American first team.
Breitenstein, a senior and former Watauga High standout, earned SoCon Offensive Player of the Year honors after leading the Southern Conference in rushing. Breitenstein ran for 1,474 yards and was fifth in the nation in scoring at 9.50 points per game.
He was named All-American by the Associated Press, Sports Network and Phil Steele
while finishing 14th in the voting for the Walter Payton Award. Breitenstein is third in school
history in career rushing and second in career rushing touchdowns along with being the NCAA FCS
active career leader in rushing and rushing touchdowns.
Breitenstein is not the lone Wofford player to be named All-American by The Sports Network Terriers linebacker Alvin Scioneaux, a junior from Garyville, La., led Wofford last season with 85 total tackles.
Scioneaux was second in the SoCon in tackles for loss and sacks to earn first
team All-Southern Conference honors from the coaches. Scioneaux also was named a third team
All-American by Phil Steele and the Sports Network.
The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America Team consists of 93 players over three teams. The Big Sky and CAA Football lead all conferences with 15 selections each from nine member schools.
The Southland Conference has 14 selections and the Southern Conference follows with 13. All 13 FCS conferences have at least two selections and 11 conferences have at least one player on the first team. The 2012 Sports Network All-America Team will be announced after the regular season on Dec. 19.
The Sports Network also presents the four major awards in the division - the Walter Payton (FCS outstanding player), the Buck Buchanan (FCS outstanding defensive player), the Jerry Rice (FCS outstanding freshman player) and the Eddie Robinson (FCS coach of the year) - after the season. In addition, TSN presents the FCS's most widely recognized weekly Top 25 poll.
The Southern Conference will announce preseason all-conference honors and the preseason poll on July 26 during media day.
Wofford will report to camp on Sunday, Aug. 5, with the first practice scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6.