Junior quarterback Jake Morse highlights the list as one of just three quarterbacks named to the first team after his stellar sophomore season when he threw for 2,120 yards and earned the 2011 HAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year award.
Three Wildcats earned a spot on the second-team preseason All-America squad, including senior linebacker Ryder Werts, senior offensive lineman Aaron Rieschick and senior return specialist Reggie Harris (pictured).
Werts led Baker in tackles in 2011 with 78 and was second on the team in tackles for loss with 7.5. Reischick returns to the field as a four-year starter on the offensive line and had a terrific 2011 season, earning a spot on the HAAC first-team all-conference.
Harris was one of the top punt and kick returners in the country a season ago and took a punt return to the house on Aug. 27 in Baker’s 41-16 win over Ottawa. He also averaged 30.5 yards per game on kick returns and had a season-long return on 87 yards against Graceland.
Baker’s third-team member on the list is tight end Joel Murphy. The senior out of St. Louis, Mo., caught nine passes for 147 yards and four touchdowns last season.
“All nine of these players are well deserving of this honor,” Baker head coach Mike Grossner said. “Along with the rest of our team they have been working their tails off to prepare for the upcoming season and it’s great to see them recognized this preseason for their hard work.”
The four Wildcats named to the honorable mention team are senior wide receiver Jake Green, senior wide receiver Kyle Bolton, senior center Jordan Robertson and senior defensive lineman Mike Faison.
Green led the team in receptions with 40, yards with 635 and touchdowns with seven in 2011, Bolton added 422 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
Robertson returns to an offensive line that helped lead Baker to just over 35 points per game, ranking them 11th nationally.
Faison enters his final year as a Wildcat after recording 18 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss.
The USA Football News 20th Annual USA College Football NAIA Preseason All-America Teams are selected by coaches, sports information directors, certified players' agents, pro scouts, media and staff of USA Football News.
All members of the Class of 2013 with no remaining college eligibility who have been chosen to the All-America teams including the Regional All-Stars, all of whom receive honorable mention accolades on the All-America Teams, are candidates to participate in the 2012-13 USA Football Holiday Bowl, a four-day, three-night event that will be held January 18 to 21, 2013.
Baker opens up the 2012 season on the road at Ottawa on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. and begins the home schedule on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. against Evangel.