Two North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) football student-athletes, Wittenberg senior cornerback Troy Jones (Orlando, FL/Bartow) and Ohio Wesleyan senior punter Nick Heidel (Cincinnati, OH), were selected to the D3football.com Preseason All-America teams on Thursday, Aug. 15.
Jones, a third-team member, recorded 54 tackles and a team-high five interceptions for Wittenberg in 2018. The senior also led the team with nine pass breakups and had two blocked kicks. The Tigers finished last season 9-1 (8-1 NCAC) and shared a portion of the conference championship with Denison and Wabash.
Heidel also was selected as a third-team member after rising as one of the top special-team forces last season. The senior averaged 38.1 yards punting for the Battling Bishops, pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line on 16 occasions. He also recorded four punts of over 50 yards with a season-best punt of 71 yards.
Both players kick off their 2019 seasons on Sept. 7 with No. 18 Wittenberg traveling to No. 21 Washington & Jefferson and Ohio Wesleyan hosting Otterbein.