Returning All-Americans Named ASC Football Preseason Players of the Year
July 28, 2005
RICHARDSON, Texas --- Three returning All-Americans have been selected for American Southwest Conference preseason football player of the year honors in voting by the conference head coaches, sports information directors and media.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor senior running back Justin Bryson (Jarrell, Texas.) was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in rushing with a school-record 1,869 yards a year ago. Bryson scored 15 touchdowns in the Crusaders' national runnerup campaign and claimed All-America citation from D3football.com and All-South Region honors from the Football Gazette. Bryson has already earned preseason All-America notice from D3football.com (First Team), Street and Smith's (First Team) and Lindy's (Second Team). Bryson is the third Crusader to claim the ASC preseason player award and first offensive award recipient.
The ASC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year award was claimed by Hardin-Simmons University junior defensive back Will Galusha (Abilene, Texas/Cooper HS). A 2005 Preseason All-America First Team pick by D3football.com, Galusha recorded eight interceptions and a pair of touchdown returns (160 yds.) in eight games last season, before breaking his leg in the Oct. 29 McMurry game. He had at least one interception in each of his last six games a year ago and helped the Cowboys post the conference's top defense (313.8 ypg). An All-Conference pick, Galusha was named to All-America teams by D3football.com, Weekly Football Gazette and the Associated Press. Galusha is the sixth HSU player and fourth Cowboys defensive standout to earn preseason conference player of the year honors.
Texas Lutheran University sophomore placekicker Holt Storrie (San Antonio, Texas/Clark HS) was chosen the ASC Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year. A 2005 Preseason All-America Second-Team pick by D3football.com, Storrie was among the nations best freshmen in NCAA Division III a year ago. He was named to two All-America teams (First Team by the Football Gazette and Honorable Mention by D3football.com) and voted the Football Gazette South Region Special Teams Player of the Year. An All-Conference selection, Storrie was 34-for-34 on point-after attempts and 13-of-14 on field goal attempts, with a long kick of 44 yards. He was 9-of-10 from 30 yards and out, with his only missed field goal attempt a blocked kick. Storrie is the first TLU player to earn preseason ASC player of the year honors.
The American Southwest Conference opens its 10th season of football with six teams in action September 3. The remaining four ASC teams open their 2005 schedules the weekend of September 9-10. The conference season begins with a full slate of games on September 17.
ANNUAL ASC PRESEASON AWARD RECIPIENTS
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